TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa overcame an early 13-point deficit and two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Fresno State to rally for a 27-26 victory on Saturday night.
Trey Watts hit Thomas Roberson for a 26-yard touchdown on a tailback option pass for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, and the Golden Hurricane (3-1) used defense and field position to protect the one-point lead. On their last six drives, the Bulldogs (2-2) advanced no farther than their 33-yard line, punting five times and having the clock run out on the last possession.
Robbie Rouse ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and Derek Carr passed for 231 yards for Fresno State. But the defense was the points generator, as three interceptions led to touchdowns.
Patrick Su'a (20 yards) and Tristan Okpalaugo (21 yards) raced to the end zone after picking off Cody Green, and Derron Smith's interception led to Rouse's 1-yard scoring run. Quentin Breshears missed an extra-point try for the Bulldogs and had another blocked.
After trailing 20-7, Tulsa came back on Green's 31-yard scoring toss to Keyarris Garrett and two Daniel Schwarz field goals.
Green was 13 of 37 for 202 yards.
|FRESNO||Robbie Rouse 37 yd run (Quentin Breshears kick)|
|FRESNO||Patrick Su'a 20 yd interception return (missed kick)|
|TULSA||Ja'Terian Douglas 32 yd run (Daniel Schwarz kick)|
|FRESNO||Josh Harper 32 yd pass from Derek Carr (Quentin Breshears kick)|
|TULSA||Keyarris Garrett 31 yd pass from Cody Green (Daniel Schwarz kick)|
|TULSA||Daniel Schwarz 24 yd FG|
|FRESNO||Tristan Okpalaugo 21 yd interception return (blocked XP)|
|TULSA||Daniel Schwarz 38 yd FG|
|TULSA||Thomas Roberson 26 yd pass from Trey Watts (Daniel Schwarz kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-23||5-21|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||2-3|
|Kick Return Yds||66||63|
|Punt Return Yds||5||19|
|Time of Poss.||30:20||29:40|
|FRESNO: Robbie Rouse 27-135, Greg Watson 2-5, Isaiah Burse 1--2, Derek Carr 7--5|
|TULSA: Alex Singleton 18-56, Ja'Terian Douglas 11-52, Cody Green 6-13, Trey Watts 7-9, Team 1--4|
|FRESNO: Derek Carr 26-44-231-0|
|TULSA: Cody Green 13-37-202-3, Trey Watts 1-1-26-0|
|FRESNO: Josh Harper 7-115, Isaiah Burse 6-35, Davante Adams 5-51, Robbie Rouse 5-2, Marcel Jensen 2-22, Michael Harris 1-6|
|TULSA: Jordan James 4-84, Thomas Roberson 3-65, Keyarris Garrett 2-53, Willie Carter 2-23, Trey Watts 2-0, Alex Singleton 1-3|
|Fresno State||1st Mountain West West||7-1||10-1|
|Tulsa||6th Conference USA West||2-6||3-9|