The Times-Tribune

Evans, Tulsa cruise to Miami Beach win


MIAMI — Dane Evans and Tulsa put up huge numbers all season, and did it again at the Miami Beach Bowl.

Evans passed for 304 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game, three of those scoring throws going to Keevan Lucas, and Tulsa rolled past Central Michigan, 55-10, on Monday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Evans completed 28 of 38 passes for the Golden Hurricane (10-3), who finished with six wins in the season’s final seven games. It capped a record-setting career for Evans, who became Tulsa’s leader with 84 touchdown throws and — as a big baseball fan — said it was a thrill to play in a big-league park.

Tulsa got points on its first eight possession­s, plus another touchdown when Jesse Brubaker ran an intercepti­on back 66 yards for a score. The Golden Hurricane — who weren’t stopped with Evans on the field — turned it over on downs in their final two drives, the second of those a merciful kneel-down with 1:44 left at the Central Michigan 5.

Tulsa finished the season averaging 42.5 points and 527 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane outgained Central Michigan, 581-355.

Cooper Rush was 24 for 49 passing for 241 yards for Central Michigan (6-7), throwing three intercepti­ons in his final game with the Chippewas. Jahray Hayes ran for Central Michigan’s lone touchdown.

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