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September 16, 2012

TU dominates Nicholls State, 66-16

Ja'Terian Douglas rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on just five attempts, Cody Green threw for two more scores and Tulsa took control early and coasted past Nicholls State 66-16 on Saturday in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

"I think we improved ourselves today," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "I think we improved our program today. Not just this team, but being able to play a lot of guys helps us down the road. But it also helps us for this year. We were able to play some different combinations at linebacker that are going to be important for us.

"But I think we were fairly efficient. I didn't want to be sloppy. That's a big thing. Don't want to play looking at the scoreboard. You want to play looking at your execution. I thought we hung in there pretty well."

Most of Douglas' yardage came on two plays: a 67-yard touchdown run to open the scoring and a 73-yard scamper later in the first quarter that set up one of Alex Singleton's two rushing TDs for the Golden Hurricane (2-1). Zach Langer also ran for two scores, and Trey Watts had one.

"A couple of really nice runs early," said Blankenship. "One of those was a speed sweep that we get a couple of extra blockers out, and (Douglas) was able to read that. Then the second one, he actually broke a couple of tackles. Then when he gets out there, not many people are going to be able to catch him or knock him out of bounds.

"The nice thing about J.T. is he's such a home run guy. If you can just get him to the edge. Now, he's good. He's not quite as good inside as Trey is. But once he gets the break, he's lethal."

Green was 10 of 15 for 130 yards, finding Keyarris Garrett and Willie Carter for touchdowns. Tulsa piled up 566 yards of total offense, 333 of them on the ground.

"I think we're good enough to doll it up either way, run or pass right now," Blankenship described. "I thought Cody was very efficient in the first half or first several drives. About the only thing, again, I was critical on him was he missed a couple of long balls.

"He handled it. He's seeing it. Right now our running backs are playing so well, they're giving us a lot of big plays. That certainly makes the game a lot easier to call."

LaQuintin Caston had a 63-yard touchdown run for the Colonels (0-2), and Aldaro Russell caught a 51-yard scoring pass from Landry Klann, who threw for 134 yards.

Tulsa defensive back Dexter McCoil reeled in an interception in the third quarter, which made him the Golden Hurricane's career leader in that category at 14.

"It means a lot," McCoil said of the record. "It is a great gift from God, and I'm so thankful for the many blessings that he has given me. Just to get a game ball is really big in my life. I never really had any history breaking moments in high school, or anything like this. So this is a moment that I am going to cherish for the rest of my life."

Coach Blankenship was proud of his senior defensive back.

"That was the only game ball we gave in the locker room, went to Dexter," added Blankenship. "That meant a lot for our team. I think that tells you a lot about Dexter McCoil if you saw how his teammates celebrated him getting the record.

"We kind of knew that that would happen. Dexter is so good around the football. But it was nice to finally get that done. What was really fun for me, again just to echo what I already said, is just to watch how his teammates felt about him getting a record."

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