Tulsa Beats Tulane In Double Overtime With Pick-six After Third-string Quarterback Forced OT With Hail Mary (www.sportingnews.com)

Tulsa has made a habit of comebacks this season, but none was as miraculous as the one the Golden Hurricane pulled against Tulane on Thursday.

No. 25 Tulsa seemed destined to lose its first game as a ranked team since 2008 after the Golden Hurricane entered the fourth quarter with a 14-0 deficit to Tulane. Moreover, the team was down to its third-string quarterback, Davis Brin, who was forced into action after backup Seth Boomer left the game with a leg injury late in the third quarter. Starter Zach Smith left the game late in the first with a torso injury.

The redshirt sophomore, however, rose up to the challenge for the Golden Hurricane (5-1, 5-0 AAC): He eventually completed 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, spurring a comeback with just 10 minutes left in regulation in an eventual 30-24 win.


Brin led two fourth-quarter scoring drives, capped by an 18-yard touchdown run and 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Josh Johnson, respectively, to tie the game at 14 with 3:16 remaining. Even still, a Tulane touchdown left the Golden Hurricane in a 21-14 deficit with six seconds remaining in regulation — time enough for one final Hail Mary play. Davis made it happen again when he somehow connected with receiver JuanCarlos Santana for the last-second, 37-yard touchdown:

The teams traded field goals in overtime before Tulane took over on offense to start the second OT period. This time, it was the defense that pulled off the game-ending play. Redshirt junior linebacker Zaven Collins picked off Michael Pratt and returned it 96 yards for the game-winning touchdown, sealing the comeback.

This isn’t Tulsa’s first comeback win this season, however; in fact, it’s the Golden Hurricane’s third straight. They trailed East Carolina 17-3 at halftime on Oct. 30 before rallying to win 34-30. Then on Nov. 14, Tulsa scored 21 unanswered points over then-No. 19 SMU to upset the Mustangs 28-24.

It must be a nice feeling for Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery to know his teams can still pull off incredible comebacks, even with a third-string quarterback.

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