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Date / Time: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2:40 pm (CT)
Site: Columbus, Ohio
Stadium: Ohio Stadium (102,780)
TV: Fox Sports 1
Talent: Tim Brando (pxp), Spencer Tillman (analyst)
Radio: Big Country 99.5 FM
Talent: Bruce Howard (pxp), Rick Couri
(analyst), Jeremie Poplin (sideline)
Live Stats: TulsaHurricane.com
Series: Ohio State leads 1-0

TULSA 0-2, 0-0 The American
Head Coach: Philip Montgomery
(Tarleton State ’95)
7th year at Tulsa
Career Record: 31-42 (7 years)
TU Record: same
OHIO STATE 1-1, 1-0 Big 10
Head Coach: Ryan Day
(New Hampshire ’02)
3rd year at OSU
Career Record: 24-3 (3 years)
OSU Record: same



TULSA (0-2, 0-0 AAC) vs. #9 OHIO STATE (1-1, 1-0 Big 10)
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 • 3:40 PM (ET) / 2:40 PM (CT) • FS1

• Tulsa is in its 125th season of Tulsa football.
• Tulsa has the smallest FBS enrollment with 2,929 undergraduate
students (based off 2020-21 statistics) … Tulsa’s overall enrollment
is 3,961 … Ohio State’s enrollment is 57,466 students.
• Each team has one player on their roster from the home state of the
other school … for Ohio State, Josh Proctor is from the Tulsa metro area –
in nearby Owasso, Okla. … Tulsa graduate transfer defensive lineman
Elijah Taylor played his prep football at Cincinnati Moeller HS.

• This is the second meeting between Tulsa and Ohio State.
• The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes won the only other meeting 48-3 on Sept. 10, 2016.
• The nation’s No.4-ranked Ohio State took advantage of four first-half Tulsa turnovers to
take a 20-3 halftime lead.
• The Buckeyes went on for a 48-3 victory in front of 104,410 fans at Ohio State Saturday
afternoon … the crowd was the largest to watch a Tulsa football game.
• Tulsa kept the game close, trailing 6-3 late into the first half, but two Ohio State pickoffs
returned for touchdowns.
• OSU had a 26-yard INT return at the 3:02 mark and a 40-yard INT return with 0:33
remaining in the first half to take a 20-3 lead at halftime.
• Torrential rain began falling with under a minute to play in the first half, while lightning
delayed the start of the second half by 60 minutes.
• Ohio State finished the 2016 season with an 11-2 record and ranked 6th nationally, while
Tulsa finished the season with a 10-3 mark.

• Despite starting the season with two losses, the margin of loss is just 3.5 points.
• The Hurricane has had the edge in total offense in each game … Tulsa out-gained UC
Davis by 49 yards, 448 yards to 399.
• Tulsa also out-gained Oklahoma State by 34 yards, 347 to 313.
• The Hurricane offense averages 395.0 yards per game, while the defense has held the
opposition to 356.0 yards.

• Running back Shamari Brooks missed the 2020 season with an ACL injury.
• The senior from Tulsa’s Union High School came into the 2021 season ranked 5th on the
school’s career rushing list with 2,700 yards and 12th for career rushing TDs with 23.
• Brooks rushed for 80 yards on 10 carries in the season opener.
• He now has a 2,806 career yards and 23 TDs in 34 career games and needs 194 yards
to become the fifth Tulsa running back to reach the 3,000-yard plateau.
• Brooks is 1,137 yards shy of the school’s career rushing leader D’Angelo Brewer (2014-
17, 3917 yards) … Brooks is 735 yards shy of moving into a 4th place tie with Trey Watts
(2010-13, 3,515 yards)

2021 American Standings
Team American ALL
Cincinnati 0-0 2-0
Memphis 0-0 2-0
UCF 0-0 2-0
SMU 0-0 2-0
Houston 0-0 1-1
Temple 0-0 1-1
Tulane 0-0 1-1
Tulsa 0-0 0-2
Navy 0-0 0-2
ECU 0-0 0-2
USF 0-0 0-2

The American Schedule
THIS WEEK (Sept. 18)
UCF @ Louisville (Sept. 17)
Cincinnati @ Indiana
Boston College @ Temple
SMU @ Louisiana Tech
Tulsa @ Ohio State
Mississippi State @ Memphis
East Carolina @ Marshall
Grambling State @ Houston
Florida A&M @ USF
Tulane @ Ole Miss

LAST WEEK (Sept. 11)
South Carolina 20, @ East Carolina 17
Florida 42, @ South Florida 20
@ Oklahoma State 28, Tulsa 23
@ Cincinnati 42, Murray State 7
Air Force 23, @ Navy 3
Temple 45, @ Akron 24
@ UCF 63, Bethune-Cookman 14
Houston 37, @ Rice 8
Memphis 55, @ Arkansas State 50
@ SMU 35, North Texas 12
@ Tulane 69, Morgan State 20

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• Philip Montgomery is in his 7th season as the Golden Hurricane head coach and has an
overall 31-42 head coaching record.
• He became the 29th head coach in school history on Dec. 11, 2014.
• Montgomery grabbed his first coaching win against a ranked opponent in his 14th game
against a top-25 team with a 34-26 win over #11 UCF in the 2020 season … he became the first
TU coach to defeat two top-25 ranked teams in the same season when Tulsa defeated #19 SMU.
• Montgomery was named The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week, as named by the Bobby
Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation after Tulsa’s 21-point comeback over SMU.
• He ranks 8th on the school’s all-time head coaching wins list with 31 victories.

  • He took his third Tulsa team to a Bowl game in 2020 with an appearance in the LockheedMartin Armed Forces Bowl.
    • Montgomery completed his second season in 2016 leading the Tulsa football program to a
    10-3 record and a win in the Miami Beach Bowl.
    • Montgomery claimed his first career head coaching victory in the 2015 season opener with a
    47-44 overtime win over FAU.
    • In his first year, he led Tulsa to 6 wins and to the 2015 Camping World Independence Bowl.
    • Before coming to Tulsa, he spent seven years at Baylor, where he spent the final three
    seasons as the offensive coordinator/QB coach.

    • Senior receiver and kick return specialist Keylon Stokes entered the 2021 season ranked
    third on the school’s career all-purpose yardage chart with 3,956 yards.
    • In the season opener, Stokes totaled 116 all-purpose yards and went over the 4,000-yard
    • After two games this year, Stokes now has 4,108 career all-purpose yards.
    • Damaris Johnson (2008-10) ranks first on the all-purpose chart with 7,796 yards and Trey
    Watts (2010-13) is second with 5,877 career yards.
    • In 44 career games, Stokes has caught 161 passes for 2,516 yards, has 61 kickoff returns for
    1,253 yards, 220 rushing yards and 119 punt return yards.
    • Stokes is ranked 11th on the school’s career receiving chart with 2,516 yards and needs 827
    yards to tie Howard Twilley (1963-65) for the school record.

    • Tulsa’s defense has totaled 18 TFL for -52 yards in the first two games this season.
    • A total of 13 players have recorded at least an 0.5 TFL for lost yards, while defensive lineman
    Jaxon Player leads the way with 2.5 TFL for -4 yards.
    • The Hurricane had 9 TFL in each of the first two games, including 9 TFL for -20 yards in the
    season opener against UC Davis and 9 TFL for -32 yards at Oklahoma State.
    • Among the TFL, three have been credited as sacks for -17 yards.

    • Junior Deneric Prince opened the season with a career-best 151 yards and one TD vs. UC
    • He averaged 10.8 yards per carry in the opener with his second career 100+ rushing game.
    • Prince also had his second career rushing TD of 55+ yards with a 59-yard touchdown run in
    the 3rd quarter … he had a career-long 62-yard TD run last season against USF.
  • • In 2 games this season, Prince has totaled 185 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries for a 6.2
    average per carry.

    • Tulsa had two graduate transfers in the starting lineup defensively in the season opener.
    • Jon-Michael Terry, a transfer from Oklahoma, started at linebacker and Texas A&M graduate
    transfer Travon Fuller was a starting cornerback.
    • Terry had 9 tackles and one sack for a 3-yard loss against UC Davis.
    • Fuller had 3 tackles, all solos, one TFL for -4 yards and 2 pass breakups for the Hurricane.
    • Fuller started his second game at Oklahoma State, while Terry came off the bench at linebacker.
    • Before coming to Tulsa, Terry played in 42 games and had 8 starts at Oklahoma with 52 tackles …
    Fuller played in 40 games at A&M but did not have a start … he totaled 21 stops in his A&M career.

• Junior Kendarin Ray led Tulsa with a career-high 13 tackles in the opener against UC Davis.
• The double-digit tackle game was his fourth career game with 10 or more stops.
• Ray also opened last season with a double-digit tackle game when he had 11 stops, all solos,
against #11-ranked Oklahoma State.
• He also had 12 tackles at Tulane in 2019 and had 10 stops against the Green Wave last year.
• After two games, Ray has a team-high 19 tackles.

• Senior defensive tackle Jaxon Player has been a solid force for the Tulsa defense since his
true freshman season of 2018.
• Player has totaled 91 career tackles, 19.5 TFL for -43 yards, 3 sacks for -6 yards, one forced
fumble and one fumble recovery in 30 career games.
• He has totaled 8 tackles, 2.5 TFL for -4 yards and 2 QB hurries this season.
• Player was a first-team all-AAC performer last year.
• He has been named to the watch lists for the 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy, going to college football’s top defender.
• Last year, Player led a Tulsa defense that was dominant in a 19-6 road win at Navy.
• Tulsa’s defense held the Navy to 6 points, 0 TDs and only 153 yards of total offense … for
most of the 2nd half Tulsa was without All-America linebacker Zaven Collins due to injury.
• Player was the catalyst behind the defensive effort with a career-best 12 tackles, including 10
solos, and had a team season-best of 4.5 TFLs for -12 yards and added 2 sacks for -3 yards.

RANKINGS IN 2020 . . .
• The Tulsa defense was ranked either first or second in most defensive statistical categories in
the American Athletic Conference last year, while also ranking among the nation’s best.
Here’s a look …
Category Avg/Pct. AAC NCAA
Total Defense 333.6 2nd 19th
Scoring Defense 21.6 2nd 27th
Rushing Defense 144.6 2nd 43rd
Passing Defense 189.0 2nd 18th
Fumble Recoveries 10 T2nd 8th
Pass Eff. Defense 119.7 2nd 19th
3rd Down Conv. Defense 32.6 1st 15th
Red Zone Defense 75.0 3rd 20th

• Tulsa returned a total of 11 players who earned American Athletic Conference honors last
year … two first-team, five second-team and four honorable mention selections.
• Defensive lineman Jaxon Player and offensive tackle Tyler Smith were first team selections.
• Tulsa returns five second-team selections including wide receiver Keylon Stokes, offensive
tackle Chris Paul, safety Cristian Williams, linebacker Justin Wright and place-kicker Zack Long.
• Four honorable mention selections return including 3 offensive linemen –– Dante Bivens,
Dylan Couch and Gerard Wheeler – giving league honors to all five Hurricane players on the
offensive front … on defense, safety Kendarin Ray earned honorable mention merits.

• Tulsa has 20 total players this season who have already graduated, including 17 who have
spent their entire careers at Tulsa.
• There are three graduate transfers among the group of 20 graduates playing this season.
• The offensive players include Abe Anderson (TE), Dante Bivens (OG), Seth Boomer (QB),
Dylan Couch (OG), Sam Crawford Jr. (WR), Cannon Montgomery (WR), Ezra Naylor II (WR) and
Josh Stewart (WR).

  • Defensively, the graduates are Yohance Burnett (LB), Tyon Davis (CB), Deven Lamp (DL),
    TieNeal Martin (S) Bryson Powers (NKL), Treyvon Reeves (LB) Robert Revels III (LB), JonMichael Terry (LB), Elijah Taylor (DL) and Cristian Williams (NKL).
    • Special Teams players include Adam Higuera (DS) and Zack Long (PK).
    • The graduate transfers are Naylor II, Terry and Taylor.

• Since Philip Montgomery took over
as head coach in 2015, Tulsa has had 16
games in which the Hurricane has trailed
and come back to win . . . in the 2015
season, 11 points against SMU was the
biggest deficit that Tulsa came back to win
. . . Tulsa also trailed by 10 points vs. FAU
in the season opener, and twice against
Tulane to come back to win . . . in 2016,
Tulsa had its biggest come-from-behind
win in school history and second-biggest in
NCAA Division I history (now 3rd), trailing
31-0 at Fresno State in the second quarter
and winning 48-41 in overtime … the next
largest comeback win was 21 points this
year against SMU.
2015 Largest Deficit FNL
FAU 21-31 (11:14, 3rd) W 47-44/OT
@UNM 10-14 (2:42, 1st) W 40-21
@SMU 3-14 (1:27, 1st) W 40-31
@TLN 14-24 (3:00, 3rd) W 45-34
24-34 (7:40, 4th)
2016 Largest Deficit FNL
@FS 0-31 (10:16, 2nd) W 48-41/OT
SMU 3-14 (3:20, 1st) W 43-40/OT
CINCI 7-24 (9:56, 2nd) W 40-37/OT
2017 Largest Deficit FNL
UH 0-10 (11:58, 2nd) W 45-17
2018 Largest Deficit FNL
UCA 7-13 (3:54, 1st) W 38-27
UConn 10-0 (0:20, 1st) W 49-19
2019 Largest Deficit FNL
WYO 0-7 (7:46, 1st) W 24-21
17-21 (5:35, 4th)
UCF 10-21 (11:51, 2nd) W 34-31
17-28 (0:11, 2nd)
2020 Largest Deficit FNL
UCF 5-23 (1:39, 2nd) W 34-26
ECU 3-17 (halftime) W 34-30
SMU 0-21 (10:42, 2nd) W 28-24
TLN 0-14 (End, 3rd) W 30-24

Tulsa Coaching Staff
Philip Montgomery Head Coach
Joseph Gillespie Defensive
Carlton Buckels Def. Passing Game
Jayden Everett Running Backs
Zach Hanson Offensive Line
Calvin Lowry Co-Pass Game
Luke Olson (PB) Nickel Safeties
Jordan Navjar (PB) Tight Ends
Kendrick Shaver (PB) Safeties
Beau Trahan (PB) Co-Pass Game
Jesse Williams Defensive Line
(PB) – Coaches in press box

• Sophomore left tackle Tyler Smith started all nine games in 2020 as a redshirt freshman
and ended up earning Freshman All-America honors by the FWAA and The Athletic.
• Smith was also an American Athletic Conference first-team selection.
• In the AAC Championship game at No. 6 Cincinnati, Smith perhaps had his best game
when he graded 94 percent on 72 offensive snaps.
• Smith missed the season opener, but returned to start at left tackle at Oklahoma State.

• Leading 10-7 and looking to increase its lead with less than 2 minutes remaining before halftime,
Tulsa reached the UC Davis 18-yard line, but a Tulsa pass was intercepted at the 8-yard line ending
any chance for a Hurricane score.
• UC Davis took that turnover and tied the game 10-10 as time expired in the first half.
• Leading 17-13 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Tulsa’s Deneric Prince
raced 58 yards to the UCD 7-yard line but a personal foul penalty brought the ball back to the 50-
yard line.
• Leading 17-16 with less than 10 minutes in the 4th quarter, Tulsa was in UCD territory but Tulsa
threw another interception at the 47-yard line that put UCD at the Tulsa 7-yard line after the return
and a Tulsa facemask penalty.
• Trailing 19-17 with just over 4 minutes to play, Tulsa reached the UCD 8-yard line but a fumble
after the catch went out of the end zone giving UC Davis the ball … UCD ran out the clock.
ª For the game, Tulsa had 3 turnovers, all in UCD territory, and totaled 12 penalties for 122 yards.

• On offense, Tulsa’s run game was impressive with 247 yards and 2 TDs in the season opener …
as a group, the Hurricane averaged 7.3 yards per carry.
• Tulsa’s two main ball-carriers, Deneric Prince had 151 yards for a 10.8 average per carry and
Shamari Brooks had 80 yards for an 8.0 average,
• Defensively, the Hurricane held UC Davis to just 88 yards on the ground for a 1.9 average per
• Tulsa’s defense totaled 9 TFL for -20 yards in lost yardage.
• In NCAA stats, Tulsa ranks 27th for rushing offense and 40th for rushing defense.

• Tulsa’s nickel safety Cristian Williams is in his seventh season in a Tulsa uniform.
• Williams redshirted as a true freshman in 2015, played in 13 games in 2016 and 12 in
• He played in the first 2 games of the 2018 season and following the second game (Texas),
it was revealed that his playing career would come to an end when diagnosed with Arnold
Chiari Type 1 malformation.
• He had taken to the whistle helping coach the rest of the season, but in February 2019
decided to have a surgery that could land him back in uniform.
• Williams was cleared to return to the football field in July 2019.
• Since then, he has started all 21 games that he has played in, 12 in 2019, eight in 2020
and one in 2021.

• Tulsa has a total of nine players on the offensive line that have at least one college start.
• Only 9 teams in the nation came into the season with 9 or more players with starts,
including Minnesota with 10 each … other schools with 9 are Arkansas State, Florida State,
Fresno State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, SMU and UTSA.
• Tulsa entered the year with 121 starts among its 9 players on the offensive line, with 110 at
Tulsa and 11 by Bryce Bray at Oklahoma State … among those 9 players, Tulsa now has 131
starts among the offensive linemen.
• Tulsa starts looks like this … Chris Paul (30), Gerard Wheeler (22), Dylan Couch (19),
Dante Bivens (16), X’Zauvea Gadlin (13), Tyler Smith (12), Bryce Bray (13, including 11 at
OSU), Tiller Bucktrot (5) and Jaden Muskrat (1).

• Tulsa punter Lachlan Wilson and place-kicker Zack Long never played American football
before coming to Tulsa.
• Long was already attending Tulsa when in the spring of 2019 he decided to give kicking
on the collegiate level a try and walked on to the Hurricane roster … he played prep soccer in
Missouri and came to Tulsa in 2017 to attend school.
• He handled kickoff duties in 2019 and added placements in the 2020 season.
• Long is a graduate student working on his MBA… he was put on scholarship the week of
the season opener.
• Wilson came to Tulsa in 2019 from Melbourne, Australia, without a scholarship and
redshirted that year before receiving a scholarship.
• He had never played American football, but did play Australian Rules Football for the
Heidelberg Football Club.

• The 2021 season is the fifth straight year that Adam Higuera handles Tulsa’s long
snapping duties.
• It is the ninth season out of the last 10 years that a Higuera has been Tulsa’s long
• Adam’s older brother, Rey, was Tulsa’s long snapper from 2012-15, playing in 51 career
games since starting his first game as a freshman at Iowa State.
• The only year there wasn’t a Higuera snapping on placements and punts was in 2016
when those chores were handled by Robert Hill.
• The younger Higuera started his first career game as a true freshman in 2017 at
Oklahoma State as he scored a TD in that game on a fumbled punt.
• Adam Higuera has now played in 47 career games.
• A Higuera has handled long snapping duties at Tulsa in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017,
2018, 2019, 2020 and now 2021.

• A three-year starter, Chris Paul has started 30 contests in 34 career games played … he
has started games at right tackle, left guard, right guard and left tackle in his career.
• Paul was a second-team American Athletic Conference selection in 2020 at right tackle.
• Paul is a member of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, a committee he
was named to this past July.
• Last February, he was added to the NCAA Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and
Equity (CPCDE).
• Paul also serves as the chairperson of The American’s SAAC executive board through
the 2021-22 academic year and is the AAC’s representative to the NCAA Division I StudentAthlete Advisory Committee.
• Paul has personified the meaning of student-athlete, excelling academically and
athletically while serving the community.
• A top-10 freshman in 2018-19, Paul has volunteered at the Children’s Hospital at Saint
Francis, Read Across America, Lift Up America and at the Community Food Bank of Eastern

• Two Tulsa players are in their 7th years of college football –– Cristian Williams and
graduate transfer Elijah Taylor.
• Williams, a nickel safety, has spent his entire career in a Tulsa uniform, first stepping on
campus in 2015 – the first season for Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery as well.
• Williams is one of only 10 FBS players competing in their 7th season at the same school.
• Others are: Bryce Harris, Toledo, OL … Jonathon Hodoh, ULM, WR … Ken Marks,
Louisiana, OL … Danzel McKinley-Lewis, Toledo, WR … Kyle Pugh, NIU, LB … Tyrone Riley,
NC State, OL …Ralfs Rusins, Liberty, DL … Tyrell Smith, VA Tech, OL … Tre Tipton, Pitt, WR
• Elijah Taylor is in his first year at Tulsa as a graduate transfer and is in his seventh year
on a college football roster … he began his career in 2015 at Notre Dame and played there
through the 2017 season.
• Taylor went to Eastern Kentucky and played in 21 games with 49 career tackles from
2018 to 2020.

• Tulsa has a total of 10 players playing in at least their fifth season, including 7 at Tulsa and 3
graduate transfers.
• NKL Cristian Williams has now played in 6 seasons after redshirting in 2015.
• LB Robert Revels III has now also played games in 6 seasons … he received a medical
redshirt season in 2018 after playing in 2 games.
• The players who are in their sixth years, but playing in their fifth seasons after a redshirt year
are OL Tiller Bucktrot, LB Treyvon Reeves, DL Tyarise Stevenson and graduate transfer JonMichael Terry … graduate transfer Travon Fuller was at Texas A&M for 5 years and played 4 years
…WR Josh Stewart would have been in the same situation but suffered a season-ending injury in

  • Fifth-year returnees, DS Adam Higuera and WR Keylon Stokes, did not redshirt as true
    freshmen and have now played in 5 seasons.

• Tulsa fourth-year junior Davis Brin opened the season at the controls for the Hurricane.
• He has now played in 6 games after receiving his first start in the season opener … in his first
2 games as the starter, Brin has completed 61.8 percent of his passes (34-of-55) for 425 yards
and a 212.5-yard per game average.
• Before this season, he played in just 4 games over his first 3 seasons, one each in his first two
seasons and 2 last year.
• Brin made a lasting impression in his most significant playing time in 2020 after the first two
QBs (Zach Smith and Seth Boomer) went out of the Tulane game with injuries.
• Trailing 14-0, Brin took the reins with under 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter.
• On Tulsa’s first possession of the 4th quarter, Brin guided Tulsa to an 84-yard, 10-play drive
and ran the final 18 yards for the first Tulsa score at the 9:17 mark.
• After the Tulsa defense held Tulane to 8 yards in 5 plays, Brin again took the Hurricane down
the field and on a 4th-and-15 completed a 19-yard pass to Josh Johnson in the back of the end
zone to tie the game at 14-14 with the PAT with 3:16 left in the contest.
• Trailing 21-14, Tulsa took possession with 1:38 on the game clock from their own 25-yard line
… Brin marched the Hurricane down the field by completing 5-of-8 passes to reach the Tulane
37-yard line with just 0:06 remaining on the clock.
• Brin took the snap on 3rd-and-7, avoided a tackler and launched a ‘Hail Mary’ pass to the right
corner of the end zone to a waiting JC Santana for a 37-yard completion and after the PAT a 21-21
tie with no time remaining.
• For the game, Brin completed 18-of-28 passes for 266 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing for 11
yards and one TD on 4 carries and was named the AAC’s co-Offensive Player of the Week.

• Despite losing College Football’s Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Zaven Collins, to the
NFL, the Tulsa defense still returns a lot of quality and depth.
• The Hurricane opened the 2021 season with eight starters to a lineup that was one of the top
two defenses in the American Athletic Conference last year.
• Tulsa ranked second in the league for pass defense, rush defense, total defense and scoring
defense, while also ranking among the nation’s best in each of those categories.
• The Hurricane allowed just 21.6 points per game, 144.6 rushing yards, 189 passing yards and
333.6 total yards in 2020.
• Tulsa’s front line in its 3-3-5 defense is stout with all three starters back, while first-team
all-conference tackle Jason Player leads the way … Player can be dominant as witnessed by his
12-tackle, 4.5 TFL performance at Navy a year ago.
• Returning starting linebackers Treyvon Reeves and second-team all-conference performer
Justin Wright anchor the linebacker corps for the Hurricane … the duo combined for 105 tackles
and 14.5 tackles for lost yardage last season …
• The secondary returned 10 letterwinners, while eight of those return to the safety positions.
• The cornerback slot was hit the hardest by departures, but three transfers joined the roster to
add depth and experience to that position.

The School . . .
∆ Tulsa has an 9:1 studentfaculty ratio
∆ The average class size is 20
∆ 1 in 10 is the ratio of National
Merit Scholars in the undergraduate
student body

The Program . . .
∆ Tulsa was the first school to
appear in five straight New Years Day
bowl games
∆ Tulsa has made 22 bowl game
∆ TU has won 36 conference
∆ Tulsa has had 40 playes earn
1st, 2nd or 3rd-team All-America

∆ The Golden Hurricane has
produced four NFL Hall of Famers,
including Jim Finks, Bob St. Clair,
Steve Largent and Drew Pearson.
∆ TU has the most former football
players (4) to serve as head coaches
in the NFL among Oklahoma colleges
– Sam Rutigliano, Tommy Hudspeth,
Ray Rhodes and Lovie Smith.
∆ Tulsa has two Heisman Trophy
runners-up – Jerry Rhome (1964) and
Howard Twilley (1965)
∆ Tulsa won a school record 11
games in 2008 and 2012
∆ Paul Smith won the 2007
Wuerffel Trophy, while Wilson Holloway won the FedEx Orange BowlFWAA Courage Award in 2008.
∆ Dane Evans was named to
the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good
Works Team in 2016.
∆ Zaven Collins was the Chuck
Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski
Trophy and Lombardi Award winner in

IN THE RED ZONE IN 2021 . . .
Times Penetrated 6 7
Total Scores 4 7
TDs Scored 3 4
FGs Made-Att 1-1 3-3
Scoring % 66.7% 100.0%
Touchdown % 50.0% 57.1%

The TULSA Key:
We are . . . The University
of Tulsa, not Tulsa University
We are . . . TU, not UT
We are . . . the Golden Hurricane,
not Hurricanes (No “s”)

• Nine returning starters and 16 players who have started at least one career game
returned for the Hurricane offense.
• Davis Brin and Seth Boomer bring experience to the Tulsa quarterback position, while the
school’s 5th leading rusher of all time, Shamari Brooks, returned this season after missing the
2020 campaign with an injury.
• Junior Deneric Prince rushed for 475 yards last year and opened the 2021 season with a
career-best 151 yards for a 10.8 average on 14 carries.
• Bookend tackles, Chris Paul and 2020 Freshman All-America left tackle Tyler Smith,
anchor an offensive line that returned all 5 players who earned all-conference honors in 2020.
• Tulsa’s receiving corps returned 99.6 percent of its receiving yards as 7 letterwinners
came back.
• Keylon Stokes led Tulsa in receiving yardage in each of the past three seasons and came
into the 2021 season ranked 12th in school history for receiving yards.

• In 73 games under Philip Montgomery, Tulsa has scored over 40 points 24 times and has
posted a 19-5 record when doing so.
• Tulsa has gone over 500 yards of total offense in 23 games under Montgomery.
• The Golden Hurricane has gone over 600 yards 9 times under Montgomery, including a
high game of 667 yards in 2017 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
• Tulsa has 13 300+ yard rushing games in the Montgomery era, with a school record eight
in 2016, three in 2017 and two in 2019.
• Tulsa is 10-1 when two players have gone over 100 rushing yards in the same game
since 2015 under Montgomery.
• Tulsa has three 400+ rushing games under Montgomery, two coming in back-to-back
games in 2017 (424 vs. Louisiana, 423 at Toledo) and one in 2016 (470 vs. UConn).

2020 SEASON RECAP . . .
• Tulsa finished the season with a 6-3 record and a 6-0 mark in the American Athletic
• Tulsa’s 6-3 record was the school’s best record since a 10-3 mark in 2016.
• The 2020 college football season was interrupted by COVID-19, as teams played a
different number of games … Tulsa played 7 of 12 regular season games and added a
contest in the AAC championship and bowl game.
• The Hurricane was ranked in the national polls during 2020, six weeks in the AP poll and
five weeks in the Coaches poll … Tulsa was ranked as high as 18th in the AP poll (Dec. 6)
and 19th in the Coaches poll (Dec. 6).
• Tulsa tied for first place in the regular season with a 6-0 record and played in the AAC
Championship game, falling 27-24 to #9 Cincinnati on a last second field goal.
• Tulsa’s 6-0 AAC record marked the best league start in its 7 years as an AAC member …
it was also the best conference record for a Tulsa team since Tulsa started 7-0 in Conference
USA in 2012.
• Tulsa had a 6-game winning streak after a season-opening loss … it was the longest
winning streak for Tulsa since 7 straight wins in the 2012 season.
• Tulsa was 2-2 against top-25 teams, defeating #11 UCF (34-26) and #19 SMU (28-24)
and falling 16-7 at #11 Oklahoma State and 27-24 at #9 Cincinnati.
• Tulsa was invited to the to play in its 22nd bowl game as the Hurricane played in the
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
• Linebacker Zaven Collins was named College Football’s top defensive player when he
won the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy … he also won the Lombardi

• Tulsa had two All-Americans in the 2020 season.
• Junior linebacker Zaven Collins was a unanimous consensus first-team All-American.
• Freshman left tackle Tyler Smith was named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers
Association of America (FWAA) and The Athletic.
• Collins earned first-team honors by the Associated Press, FWAA, AFCA, Walter Camp
Foundation, The Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sports, Pro Football Focus, The Athletic
and Phil Steele Magazine.
• Collins became Tulsa’s 11th first-team All-America selection honored by any publication or
service… he joined receiver Howard Twilley (1965) as Tulsa’s only consensus All-Americans.

• Tulsa was picked to finish in 9th place in the 2020 American Athletic Conference
preseason coaches poll.
• In its first AAC game, Tulsa faced the preseason first-place team UCF on Oct. 3 and
came away with an 18-point comeback win (34-26) over the #11-ranked Knights.
• Tulsa went on to defeat the preseason-picked No. 4 (SMU), No. 5 (Navy) and No. 6
(Tulane) teams.
• In the AAC Championship Game, Tulsa faced preseason No. 2 and the nation’s 6thranked Cincinnati Bearcats, falling 27-24 on a field goal as time expired.

• Tulsa defeated two top-25 teams for the first time in the same season in school history in
2020, taking down two teams ranked in the top-20.
• Tulsa’s 34-26 win over #11 UCF was the first for Tulsa against a ranked opponent since
handing #24 Hawaii a 62-35 loss in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl.
• It was the first win over a top-15 opponent since Tulsa defeated No. 15 Texas A&M 35-34
in Sept. 1991 … before that, it was 1971 that Tulsa defeated a higher ranked team with a 21-20
win over #7 Arkansas … it also snapped a 21-game home winning streak for UCF.
• When Tulsa defeated No. 19 SMU on Nov. 14, it marked the first time in school history that
Tulsa had defeated two ranked teams in the same season

OF THE YEAR IN 2020 . . .
• Tulsa defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Joseph Gillespie was named the
FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year in 2020.
• Other finalists for the award included Jeff Casteel and Jeff Koontz from West Virginia,
Notre Dame’s Clark Lea, Auburn’s Travis Williams and Georgia coaches Dan Lanning and
Glenn Schumann.
• Gillespie tutored Consensus All-America linebacker and the 2020 Chuck Bednarik, Bronko
Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award Winner Zaven Collins.
• Under Gillespie’s direction, the Tulsa defense was ranked second in The American for total
defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass defense and pass defense efficiency.
• Tulsa also ranked among the nation’s best defenses for a variety of statistical categories.
The Hurricane held opponents to 333.6 total yards (19th in NCAA) and 21.6 points per game
(27th in NCAA). Tulsa also ranked 18th for fewest passing yards, 19th nationally in pass
efficiency defense, 20th in red zone defense and 43rd in rushing defense.
• Gillespie was also named one of 56 nominees for the Broyles Award which honors college
football’s top assistant coaches.

• Since the 2018 season when Tulsa’s defense transitioned to the 3-3-5 scheme, the Hurricane has shown immense improvement since the 2017 campaign.
• In that first season of the 3-3-5, Tulsa held opponents to 121.2 yards less in total offense,
89.3 yards less in passing, 31.9-yards less in rushing and 10.4 less points.
• The Hurricane finished that 2018 season ranked 8th in NCAA for fewest passing yards
allowed, 10th for 4th down conversions, 22nd for fumbles recovered, 41st for pass efficiency
defense and 44th for red zone defense.
• Since the start of the 2018 season, Tulsa has allowed only one of its last 35 opponents over
500 yards of total offense as compared to 7 games in 2017 (506 yards by OSU in 2019).
• In 2019, Tulsa held the opposition to 394.8 yards of total offense, which was the first sub400+ yearly offensive total since the 2012 season (347.8 ypg).
• Tulsa allowed 333.6 yards in 2020 which was the fewest for an opposing offense since 296.8
yards in 2006.
• In the 2020 season, Tulsa’s defense ranked among the nation’s best –– 18th for passing
yards and 19th for total defense.

Category 2017 2018 1-Year 2019 2-Year 2020 3-Year 2021 4-Year
Difference Difference Difference Difference
Opp. Total Offense 528.9 407.7 -121.2 394.8 -134.1 333.6 -195.3 356.0 -172.9
Opp. Rushing Yards 265.0 233.1 -31.9 185.1 -79.9 144.6 -120.4 114.0 -151.0
Opp. Passing Yards 263.9 174.6 -89.3 209.7 -54.2 189.0 -74.9 242.0 -21.9
Opp. Points 37.5 27.1 -10.4 31.3 -6.2 21.6 -15.9 23.5 -14.0

• H.A. Chapman Stadium is in its 91st season in 2021.
• Tulsa has posted a 335-166-13 record at Skelly Field @ H.A. Chapman Stadium.
• Oil man and longtime friend of The University of Tulsa, William Skelly, gave $125,000 to
the Stadium Fund Drive in the spring of 1930 … the remaining $175,000 was raised by Tulsa
businessmen who organized the Stadium Corporation of Tulsa.
• Ground-breaking ceremonies for Skelly Field were held on May 11, 1930.
• The inaugural game came on October 4, 1930, as Tulsa hosted Arkansas and posted a 26-6
• On the opening kickoff, Arkansas fumbled and Johnny Potts recovered for Tulsa.
• Billy Boehm scored on the very next play for the first touchdown in the north end of the
stadium … Chet Benefiel scored the first TD in the south end zone.
• The Golden Hurricane won its first six games at the new stadium that year.
• Skelly Field became known as Skelly Stadium in 1964 when enlarged to 40,235 seats.
• It was announced in 2007, that Skelly Stadium would have a new name – H.A. Chapman
Stadium and in 2008 the stadium went through a complete renovation.
• The renovated stadium opened on Sept. 20, 2008 with a 56-14 win over New Mexico.

Enter the name Howard Acher as the Tulsa
head coach in 1922. When he took over
the position, Acher saw great potential in
his team and wanted to publicize it by creating a new identity with a new nickname.
Sports writers and others had called the
school by any number of names from the
Presbyterians to the Orange and Black, to
the Kendallites.
After an opening day win against a strong
Texas Christian University team in 1922,
Acher put his mind to work. The press had
claimed that the Kendall football team blew
through its opponents like a tornado. So,
it figured that Tornadoes, would be the
nickname with “golden” added to identify
the color of the uniforms. However, it was
later found that Georgia Tech had claimed
that name, so from tornado it was evolved
meteorologically to a hurricane. Thus the
squad voted, and the name “Golden Hurricane” became the new team moniker with
the gold added because of the jersey color.
TU lived up to its nickname as the Golden
Hurricane blew through the Texas A&M
defense in the next game with pass after
pass from quarterback Rex Thomas. TU
won its first game as the Golden Hurricane
by a score of 13-10

TULSA IN OVERTIME (10-6) . . .
Year Opponent W/L Score OTs
2004 @ Nevada L 48-54 3
2004 @ SMU L 35-41 1
2005 MEMPHIS W 37-31 1
2006 @ Navy W 24-23 1
2006 RICE L 38-41 2
2009 MEMPHIS W 33-30 1
2012 UCF* W 33-27 1
2013 RICE L 27-30 1
2014 TULANE W 38-31 2
2014 TEXAS STATE L 34-37 3
2015 FAU W 47-44 1
2016 @ Fresno State W 48-41 2
2016 SMU W 43-40 1
2016 CINCINNATI W 40-37 1
2019 @ SMU L 43-37 3
2020 TULANE W 30-24 2
*C-USA Championship Game

Shamari Brooks –– Sha – mar – ee
Yohance Burnett –– Yo – hahn – say
X’Zauvea Gadlin –– X – zaw – vee – A
Bershard Glaspie –– Glass – pee
Daiquain Jackson –– Day – qwan
Jaise Oliver –– Jace
Deneric Prince –– Dah – nair – ick
Kendarin Ray –– Ken – dare – in
Treyvon Reeves –– Tray – von
Tyarise Stevenson ––Tie – air- is
Keylon Stokes –– Key – len
Lachlan Wilson –– Lock – lin

By The Numbers . . .
1 Tulsa played in its first AAC
Championship game in 2020 after tying the
regular season with Cincinnati at 6-0 in the
league …Tulsa fell to #6 Cincinnati, 27-24,
in the title game on a field goal as time

3 Tulsa has 3 receivers with over
1,000 career receiving yards in a Tulsa
uniform … Keylon Stokes has 2,516 yards
… Sam Crawford Jr. has 1,239 yards …
Josh Johnson has 1,035 yards at Tulsa
… Johnson surpassed the plateau in the
season opener … JC Santana needs 141
yards to give Tulsa 4 1,000-yard career
receivers on the same roster.

5 Shamari Brooks is ranked 5th on
the school’s career rushing chart with 2,806
yards … he needs 709 yards to move into a
4th place tie.

6 Tulsa was picked 6th in the AAC
preseason coaches poll … last year Tulsa
was picked 9th and ended the season in
the AAC Championship game.

7 Philip Montgomery is in his 7th
season as the Tulsa head coach … he has
the second-longest tenure of any American
Athletic Conference coach behind Navy’s
Ken Niumatalolo, who is in his 14th year as
head coach.

9 Tulsa’s defense had 9 TFL in each
of the first two games this year for a total of
18 TFL for -52 yards on the season.

11 Tulsa has 11 all-conference
honorees from 2020 on the roster this year
… 2 made first-team, 5 were second- team
selections and 3 earned honorable mention

16 In the previous six years, all under
Philip Montgomery, the Hurricane has had
16 comeback victories.

20 A total of 20 Tulsa players have already received at least one undergraduate
degree, 17 of whom have spent their entire
careers at Tulsa and 3 graduate transfers.

125 The 2021 season is the 125th year
of Tulsa football.

194 Shamari Brooks needs 194 more
yards to become just the 5th player in
school history to reach 3,000 rushing yards.

827 Keylon Stokes needs 827 receiving yards to become the school’s all-time
receiving leader … Howard Twilley (1963-
65) holds the record with 3,343 yards …
Stokes has 2,516 career yards.

Doak Walker Award
Patrick Mannelly Award
Special Teams U.
AFCA Good Works Team
Wuerffel Trophy
Chuck Bednarik Award
Bronko Nagurski Award
Doak Walker Award
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Outland Trophy Award
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Biletnikoff Award
Paul Hornung Award
Ray Guy Award

2021 American Preseason
Media Poll
School (1st Place Votes) Points

  1. Cincinnati (22) 262
  2. UCF (2) 241
  3. SMU 188
  4. Houston 181
  5. Memphis 168
  6. TULSA 153
  7. Tulane 132
    T8. East Carolina 85
    T8. Navy 85
  8. Temple 46
  9. South Florida 43

• Tulsa was the first school to play in
five straight New Years Day Bowl Games
–– Sun Bowl (1-1-42), Sugar Bowl (1-1-
43), Sugar Bowl (1-1-44), Orange Bowl
(1-1-45) and Oil Bowl (1-1-46).
• Ellis Jones, an All-American guard in
1945, was a one-armed player. He was the
defensive standout for the College All-Star
team vs. the Chicago Bears in 1945.
• Four former TU football players are
enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
They are Bob St. Clair, Jim Finks, Steve
Largent and Drew Pearson
• Two former Tulsa players finished
runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting
–– quarterback Jerry Rhome in 1964 and
receiver Howard Twilley in 1965.
• Perhaps the greatest Tulsa football player of all-time is Glenn Dobbs
(1940-42). He was also head coach of
the Hurricane teams in the 1960’s. Eighth
Street which runs north of H.A. Chapman
Stadium was dedicated as Glenn Dobbs
Drive on Oct. 21, 2000. A statue of Dobbs
was erected outside the stadium and
dedicated before the 2013 spring game.
• Zaven Collins may have staked claim
to the greatest Tulsa football player when
the consensus All-America linebacker was
also named college football’s top defender
in 2020 by winning the Chuck Bednarik
and Bronko Nagurski awards.
• Former TU players –– Glenn Dobbs,
Howard Twilley and Jerry Rhome –– are
enshrined in the College Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
• Other former TU players went on to
the NFL –– Steve Largent, Drew Pearson,
Rickey Watts, Don Blackmon, David
Alexander, Jerry Ostroski, Gus Frerotte,
Dennis Byrd, Tom Miner, Steve August and
Gus Frerotte –– to name a few.
• Coaching in the NFL –– Tulsa has
had four former players serve as head
coaches in the NFL –– Tommy Hudspeth
(Detroit Lions); Sam Rutigliano (Cleveland Browns); Ray Rhodes (Philadelphia
Eagles and Green Bay Packers); and
Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears and Tampa
Bay Buccaneers).
• Tulsa has three former players and
two former coaches who have been
inducted into the College Football Hall
of Fame. The players are Glenn Dobbs,
who also coached the Hurricane, Howard
Twilley and Jerry Rhome . . . the coaches
are Francis Schmidt (1919-21) and John
Cooper (1977-84)


• Throughout the tradition of The
University of Tulsa football, there have
been a number of NCAA firsts achieved by
Golden Hurricane teams. Here are some
of those…
∆ First team in the state of Oklahoma
to have back-to-back unbeaten seasons
∆ First team to play in 5 straight New
Years Day Bowl games (1940s)
∆ First team to pass for over 3,000
yards in a single season (1964)
∆ First team to have a receiver catch
100 passes in a season (Howard Twilley,
∆ First team to have two receivers
surpass 300 yards in the same game (Rick
Eber, 322, and Harry Wood, 318) vs. Idaho
State (1967)
∆ First team to have a QB rush and
pass for over 200 yards in the same game
(Steve Gage, 1986)
∆ First team to have a 5,000-yard
passer (Paul Smith), three 1,000-yard
receivers (Brennan Marion, Trae Johnson,
Charles Clay) and one 1,000-yard rusher
(Tarrion Adams) in 2007
∆ First team to have a 3,000-yard
passer (Dane Evans), two 1,000-yard rushers (James Flanders, D’Angelo Brewer) and
two 1,000-yard receivers (Keevan Lucas,
Josh Atkinson) in 2016

2021 SEASON . . .
Total Offense 395.0 6th 68th
Scoring Offense 20.0 8th 108th
Rushing Offense 182.5 4th 51st
Passing Offense 212.5 7th 78th
Total Defense 356.0 6th 71st
Scoring Defense 23.5 5th 74th
Rushing Defense 114.0 5th 50th
Passing Defense 242.0 6th 88th

Rk School Undergrad

  1. Tulsa 2,929
  2. Rice 3,989
  3. Air Force 4,304
  4. Army 4,457
  5. Navy 4,524
  6. Wake Forest 5,287
    (based on 2020 statistics)

• Zaven Collins (LB), Arizona
• Trevis Gipson (DE), Chicago
• Reggie Robinson (CB), Dallas
Cowboys (Injured List)

• Bob Babich, Assistant Coach
Buffalo Bills
• Bryan Burnham (WR), BC Lions
• Dane Evans (QB) Hamilton
• Dexter McCoil (DB), Toronto

• Tulsa is in its 7th season as a
member of the American Athletic
• Tulsa began its membership in
The American on July 1, 2014 after
nine years as a member of Conference USA.
• Tulsa opened its’ tenure in the
American Athletic Conference with
a 38-31 double overtime victory
against Tulane in the 2014 season
• The American is the sixth
conference affiliation for the Tulsa
football program, while the previous
five include: Oklahoma Collegiate
Conference (1914-28), Big Four
Conference (1929-32), Missouri Valley Conference (1935-85), Western
Athletic Conference (1996-2004)
and Conference USA (2005-13).
• Tulsa was an independent for 12
years, coming between the Missouri
Valley and its entrance into the WAC
in 1996.
• In nine years as a C-USA member, Tulsa compiled a 49-23 regular
league record and a 2-2 mark in CUSA Championship Games – Tulsa
was 2-1 against UCF in C-USA
title games and 0-1 against East
Carolina, both now members of the
American Athletic Conference.
• Tulsa made its first AAC Championship game appearance in 2020,
falling to No. 6-ranked Cincinnati 27-
24 on a field goal as time expired

Tulsa In 2021 NCAA Stats . . .
√ Below are Tulsa’s top-50 rankings
in the 2021 NCAA statistics . . .
Rushing Defense…………………………….50th
Tackles for Loss……………………………..11th
Fewest TFL Allowed………………..……….49th
Fewest Fumbles Lost……………………….43rd
Defensive TDs………………………………. 9th
Blocked Kicks Allowed………………………1st
Blocked Punts Allowed………………………1st

Total Tackles…………………… Kendarin Ray, 4th
Forced Fumbles……………….. Dorian Hopkins, T19th
LJ Wallace, T19th
Interceptions……………………. Justin Wright, 24th
Pass Yards per Com..….……… Davis Brin, 46th
RushYards…………..………….. Deneric Prince, 45th
Rush Yards per Game………… Deneric Prince, 43rd
Rush Yards per Carry…………. Deneric Prince, 41st
Kick Return Yards……………… Kenney Solomon, 45th
Punting…………………..……… Lachlan Wilson, 26th
Punt Returns:…………..………. Keylon Stokes, 47th
FG %…………………….……… Zack Long, 1st
FG per Game…………..……… Zack Long, 49th


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