Tulsa's final drive started at its 12 with 51 seconds left and no timeouts. The Golden Hurricane went seven plays but UConn's Junior Joseph broke up a pass in the end zone with no time left to seal it.
UConn's defense had a season-high six sacks and one interception.
Hergy Mayala caught four passes for 131 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, for UConn (3-4, 2-3 American Athletic Conference). He was left wide open for the TD on UConn's longest play from scrimmage this season as Tulsa's defense was fooled on a flea-flicker play.
Shamari Brooksrushed for 164 yards on 31 carries for Tulsa (2-6, 1-3). His 8-yard score with 7:09 left in the fourth made it 20-7 and his 1-yard run with 2:16 remaining got Tulsa within one score.
UConn recovered an onside kick after Brooks' second touchdown, but the Huskies went three-and-out to give Tulsa another chance.
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