Sometimes your right and sometimes your dead right. The Miami Beach Bowl which was played in Marlins Park baseball stadium against AAC’s Tulsa and MAC’s Central Michigan was a pure blow out. We thought it would get ugly if Central Michigan could no establish the running game and after 22 rushes netted only 83 yards that is just what happened. The Chippewas were able to get 272 in the air but no touchdowns because that Golden Hurricanes defense was everywhere. Lets break this down so you can get back to this great weather in Miami.
Tulsa used a mix offense of short runs and passes to take the opening drive 93 yards for their 1st score of today. The Golden Hurricanes scored on every possession in the 1st half to take a 27-3 lead. Dane Evans made it look easy and finished the game with 304 yards and 5 touchdowns. 3 of those touchdowns were to Keevan Lucas. Everyone knows he can play so I was surprised to see him wide open at times. Then there was Josh Atkinson adding another 100 yard game to his impressive resume. 12 receptions and a touchdown was not a bad way to end the season.
With the passing attack clicking the last thing Central Michigan wanted to see was a ground game. Most
coaches have to prepare for one featured running back but Tulsa has D’Angelo Brewer and James Flanders. Both guys carried the ball 17 times and both went over 100 yards. Flanders was able to drag the defense in the end zone on his touchdown.
To add more trouble for the Chippewas was The Golden Hurricanes defense getting 4 sacks and 3 picks One interception came straight to Jesse Brubaker and he sprinted 66 yards for the easy score. This pushed the lead to 54-3. Central Michigan did get a touchdown to finish the game 54-10.
Tulsa completed the season as the first FBS school to ever feature a 3,000-yard passer (Evans), two 1,000-yard rushers (Brewer and Flanders) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Lucas and Atkinson).