Rare 31-point comeback win
The University of Tulsa’s rally from a 31-point deficit against Fresno State to prevail in double-overtime went down as the largest comeback win in program history, but it also is one of the biggest come-from-behind victories in college football.
Michigan State rallied from 35 points down to defeat Northwestern in 2006, and three other games since 1984 have been won by teams that also trailed by 31 points.
Most recently, TCU defeated Oregon in triple-overtime in the Alamo Bowl last season after falling behind 31-0 at halftime. According to ESPN Stats and Info at the time, teams were 0-1,463 in the previous decade when trailing by 31 points in any point in the game.
Penalties nearly cost Hurricane
Of the Hurricane’s eight penalties against Fresno State, six were against the TU offensive line, which did an excellent job paving the way for a dominant rushing performance but also gave up four sacks.
The O-line was flagged on four occasions for false starts, including on the winning drive in the second overtime.
Three of the six penalties led to punts in the first half when the offense was struggling to get going.
TU ranks 113th nationally in sacks allowed, giving up more than three per game, but isn’t frequently penalized.
The Hurricane ranks 48th in fewest penalty yardage, being set back 50 yards per game.
Victory keeps momentum going
TU wrapped up the first month of the season with its third victory, having defeated San Jose State and North Carolina A&T in addition to Fresno State. The lone loss was in Week 2 at current No. 2 Ohio State.
Following an open date, the Hurricane opens its third year in the American Athletic Conference at home against SMU (2-2) on Oct. 7. Under Philip Montgomery, TU hasn’t prevailed in more than two games in a row.
“Last year we were a good team, too, but we kind of won-lost-won-won-lost-lost,” quarterback Dane Evans said. “We couldn’t really build a streak. We know we’re going into conference play and we have SMU coming up after the bye week. We like where we’re sitting.”