Tulsa avoided a scare against UAB Saturday, pulling off a 49-42 victory in what was a shootout from the beginning between the Conference USA opponents.
Tulsa running back Alex Singleton scored the game-winning touchdown with 6:35 left to play. UAB could not counter.
There were 35 total points scored in the first quarter alone, with Tulsa outscoring UAB, 21-14.
UAB struck first with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Austin Brown to Jamarcus Nelson. Tulsa responded quickly, but the Blazers scored again to take a 14-7 lead against the favored Tulsa.
Singleton ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane in the opening period, while Cody Green and Willie Carter connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass for the team's third touchdown. It was back-to-back scores from Singleton and the pass to Carter that gave Tulsa its first lead of the game.
The Blazers tied the game early in the second quarter, but Green was successful on another touchdown pass, then rushed 45 yards for another to give Tulsa a two-touchdown lead.
After trading scores, UAB went on a run to threaten Tulsa. Darrin Reaves, who finished with three of the Blazers' touchdowns, capped a seven-play, 51-yard drive with a short touchdown run, which was followed by a 50-yard pass, again from Brown to Nelson, which led to a tie score with nine minutes left to play.
That's when the Golden Hurricane marched down the field for the game-winning drive.
Box Score Hero: For Tulsa, Trey Watts had the most yards on the ground (93 yards), but Singleton had the three touchdowns.
But Did They Cover? Tulsa was a 14-point favorite against UAB, but only managed to win by a touchdown.
Next Week's Schedule: Tulsa at Marshall / UAB vs. Southeastern Louisiana