Coming off a 35-22 win over SMU, the 4-1 University of Houston Cougars looked like they were finally hitting their stride with senior quarterback Kyle Postma at the helm. Unfortunately, the Cougars’ offense failed to get going on the road at Tulsa, eventually falling 45-17 to a 14-point underdog Golden Hurricane squad on Saturday.
“We didn’t play well at all and you have to give credit to Tulsa because they came ready to play and we didn’t,” said Houston head coach Major Applewhite. “Anybody can beat you, and I know this is a better football team than their record shows.”
The Cougars seemed to have things going in the right direction early, scoring on a 61-yard drive that consumed five minutes of game clock and resulted in a field goal. Duke Catalon scored early in the second quarter, but Houston's offense began to stall after Postma was intercepted on the next possession, setting up a Tulsa touchdown that set the score at 10-7 with 4:34 remaining in the half.
Houston safety Jeremy Winchester intercepted a deep pass in the end zone to keep Tulsa from taking the lead before halftime.
Postma took a pair of sacks after the halftime break, with Tulsa tying the score with after driving the length of the field to settle for a field goal.
Yet another interception, this time off a deflected pass, set Tulsa up to take the lead.
“It was the right read and the receiver had won the route but we weren’t accurate enough,” Applewhite said.
“There were some times where we really stepped up and played some great defense in the second half,” Applewhite said. “But it’s a team game and there’s a flow and there’s a complimentary part of this game where you have to have some points and momentum and offensively, we didn’t provide that for the team.”
Postma finished 25-of-41 for 258 yards and two interceptions, and Applewhite said replacing Postma with former starter Kyle Allen was never really an option. “It wasn’t decision making that was causing those [errors], those were errant throws,” Applewhite said. “I didn’t feel like that was something that needed to be done at that point in time.”
Applewhite said the team needs to put the loss out of their minds as soon as they get back to Houston, with Memphis coming to town on a short week of practice.
Houston will face the No. 25 AAC-West Tigers at TCDEU Stadium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.