Hur­ri­cane looks to carry mo­men­tum from one win to an­other

Af­ter snap­ping its los­ing streak last week, Tulsa is an un­der­dog at Mem­phis

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Kelly Hines Kelly Hines 918-581-8452 kelly.hines@tul­saworld.com Twit­ter: @Kel­lyHi­nesTW

Af­ter two months of com­ing up short, the Univer­sity of Tulsa foot­ball team ex­pe­ri­enced a break­through last week against UConn. Tulsa at Mem­phis 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day ESPNU, KXBL fm99.5

Can a blowout vic­tory carry mo­men­tum over into this week? The Hur­ri­cane (2-7, 1-4) vis­its Mem­phis (5-4, 2-3) on Sat­ur­day in a bat­tle of teams from the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence's West Divi­sion.

“We have a re­ally good con­fer­ence,” TU run­ning back Corey Tay­lor II said. “Ev­ery­one is a dif­fi­cult op­po­nent. … If we can get a win in Mem­phis, it would spark our con­fi­dence even more and it would be a great thing for us as a pro­gram.”

A 638-yard out­ing against the Huskies served as val­i­da­tion for TU's of­fense, which strug­gled sig­nif­i­cantly dur­ing the seven con­sec­u­tive losses be­fore catch­ing fire in the sec­ond and third quar­ters of the 49-19 vic­tory.

Quar­ter­back Seth Boomer had his most ef­fi­cient out­ing, and the Hur­ri­cane run game racked up 470 yards.

“Ob­vi­ously we've got to have more of that more of­ten, but it was a good spark and I'm very proud of our team for the way they have con­tin­ued to stay re­silient and bat­tle and work,” coach Philip Mont­gomery said.

Be­cause of the streak-end­ing win, TU has re­newed hope for its re­main­ing three games de­spite be­ing a dou­ble-digit un­der­dog against the Tigers.

“If we just go out with the same men­tal­ity and ap­proach, I know our coaches have a good game plan for us and will put us in the best po­si­tion for us to be suc­cess­ful,” of­fen­sive line­man Chris Ivy Jr. said. “Just car­ry­ing that mo­men­tum is the big­gest thing.”

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