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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tulsa sets unwanted school record in loss to Michigan State

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane were thoroughly beaten by Michigan State 28-7 in their season-opening game Friday night, though the final score does not indicate the level of domination.

Tulsa was held to a school-record low -73 rushing yards. That’s not a typo. They went almost three-quarters of a field backwards in the game. They only offset that amount with 153 passing yards. Their 80 net total yards gained was their lowest since 1987.

On the other end, the -73 rushing yards was a school record for Michigan State’s defense as you would expect.

So how does a school end up with -73 rushing yards? Well, in college football, sacks count against a quarterback’s rushing stats. Beyond their -32 rushing yards from their quarterback, Tulsa had a few botched snaps including one that went for a safety that also contributed to the low rushing stats.

As ugly as -73 rushing yards is, it still was a long ways away from the record low.



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