TU shines in coronavirus-plagued football season

VIDEO: TU Football team ranked for the first time since 2008

TULSA, Okla. — In what’s been a tough year for the people of Tulsa and around the country, the University of Tulsa has been a bright spot for alumni and football fans.

It’s the fourth game this season Tulsa has overcome a 14-point-or-more deficit to win.

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“That was a game of up and down emotions,” said TU Interim Athletic Director Rick Dickson.

After third-string quarterback Brin Davis led the team to the end of regulation, an interception returned for a touchdown by Zaven Collins sealed the victory for the Golden Hurricane.

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The emotions of the game -- and this season -- have followed a similarly chaotic trajectory as the coronavirus pandemic impact on people’s lives.

The University of Tulsa has had multiple games this season postponed due to COVID-19.

“Seems like daily that I come over to visit and ya know there is going to be some announcement,” Dickson says.

“Either we are not playing or are playing at a different place or time and they’ve been able to take those things in stride.”

Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) throws a pass while under pressure from Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson (40) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) throws a pass while under pressure from Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson (40) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki)

Before last week’s ranking, the Golden Hurricane hadn’t been ranked since it was No. 24 in the final 2010 season poll.

The team now 5-1 on the season, finished with a losing record in six of the last seven years.

“In the craziest, surreal conditions and circumstances, if you continue to fight and fight to the end you can come out on the right side of it,” Dickson says.

Tulsa fans cheer as linebacker Zaven Collins (23) returns an interception for a touchdown during the second overtime of the team's NCAA college football game against Tulane in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Tulsa fans cheer as linebacker Zaven Collins (23) returns an interception for a touchdown during the second overtime of the team's NCAA college football game against Tulane in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Sue Ogrocki/AP)