November 22, 2010
Tulsa Team Report
Tulsa fans are accustomed to nail-biters. But usually these tight games are shootouts, won by the team fortunate enough to have last possession of the ball.
Saturday, the Golden Hurricane kept its winning streak and hopes of a conference title alive with a 31-28 win over UTEP that featured a defensive finish.
Playing catch-up most of the afternoon, Tulsa took the lead with four minutes to play in the third quarter. The Golden Hurricane couldn't pad its lead any further, but the sometimes flimsy defense stepped up and kept UTEP off the scoreboard.
The Miners had three possessions in the fourth quarter. Tulsa forced a three-and-out, another punt and then Dexter McCoil intercepted UTEP's Trevor Vittatoe with less than two minutes to play, sealing the win. McCoil's interception occurred at the Tulsa 30, well inside field goal range for UTEP.
"Good teams, even when they don't play well, find a way to win," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "It was one of those days for us. There were times when we didn't play very well. We were a little bit flat at times. But I'm very, very proud of our guys. They showed great, great leadership. That's what good teams do."
The Golden Hurricane stepped up in the second half, allowing only seven points.
Said McCoil: "It wasn't really about UTEP.
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