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TAMPA, Fla. –– D'Angelo Brewer
became the American Athletic Conference's and Tulsa's all-time leading rusher Thursday night in front of a national television audience, but the Golden Hurricane (2-9, 1-6 AAC) dropped a 27-20 decision to the No.20/23-ranked USF Bulls (9-1, 6-1 AAC) in front of 26,195 fans at Raymond James Stadium.
Brewer came into the game needing 110 yards to surpass USF's Marlon Mack (2014-15) for the American Athletic Conference record and 152 yards to move past Tarrion Adams (2005-08) and become Tulsa's all-time leading rusher. He ended the game with 163 yards and now has 3,662 career rushing yards.
After giving up 21 first-quarter points, the Hurricane defense held USF to 7 points and 192 yards the remainder of the game, including only 82 yards in the second half. The only scoring in the second-half by either team was a pair of field goals, a 48-yarder by USF in the 3rd
quarter and a Redford Jones
28-yarder for the Hurricane in the 4th
Before Tulsa quarterback Luke Skipper left the game late in the third quarter with an injury, he had thrown for 119 yards and rushed for 16 more and 2 touchdowns. The Hurricane defense forced two USF turnovers, while holding an offense that averaged over 500 yards coming into the game to 421 yards.
Tulsa scored the first points of the game when Skipper's 12-yard run capped an 8-play, 71-yard drive on Tulsa's first possession of the game.
The USF Bulls scored on three straight possessions to take a 21-7 lead after the end of the first quarter. Tulsa responded with a 30-yard Jones field goal on a 63-yard, 13-play drive to make the score 21-10 with 11:11 to play in the second quarter.
USF went up 24-10 on a field goal with 3:05 to play before the Hurricane put together a 74-yard, 10-play drive and scored on Skipper's second TD run of the game, a 9-yarder with 0:33 on the clock to cut the USF lead to 24-17 at halftime.
At halftime, Brewer turned in 105 yards already, giving him his third 100-yard first half this year, and a record-tying 16th
career 100-yard rushing game overall. USF gained 339 yards overall, while Tulsa gained 253 total yards.
NOTES FROM TONIGHT'S GAME
EVAN RETURNS …
Senior left tackle Evan Plagg
who missed the last 3 games with an injury returned to the starting lineup today for his 43rd
career game and his 33rd
start. He started in place of red-shirt freshman Waahid Muhammad who had filled in for Plagg as the starting left tackle for the 3 games.
D'ANGELO BECOMES AAC AND TULSA'S ALL-TIME RUSHING LEADER …
Senior running back D'Angelo Brewer
became the American Athletic Conference's all-time leading rusher, needing 110 yards to tie USF's Marlon Mack (2014-16), and also became Tulsa's all-time leading rusher, as he needed 152 yards coming into the game to tie Tarrion Adams (2005-08) for the record. Brewer ended the game with 163 yards and now has 3,662 career rushing yards.
DEFENSE BIG IN SECOND HALF …
The Tulsa defense allowed just 82 yards in the second half and forced an interception and 4 punts in the final 30 minute of the game. Other than its 2nd
third quarter drive that went 47 yards but resulted in an interception, the rest of USF's second-half drives went for under 20 yards, including 0, 19, 17, -7, 9 and -2 yards.