“We’ve had a kind of a rough start to the season,” TU tackle Stetson Burnett said at Tuesday's weekly team press conference. “But since I’ve been here, there had been many times we have gone 1-3 and we just ran through conference. So I think we’re all looking forward to start 0-0 again.”
“These first four games are kind of like preseason for us,” linebacker Mitchell Osborne said. “Our real season is conference time. Once we get through that, we’re looking forward to getting to conference championship. But right now, we’re just taking it one game at a time.”
The Golden Hurricane opened the season taking a 34-7 shellacking from Bowling Green in nationally televised road contest. They bounced the back the following week, rallying from 10 points down to beat Colorado State, 30-27, in their home opener. But losses to Big 12 foes Oklahoma (51-20) and Iowa State (38-21) followed.
Tulsa also started 1-3 in 2011 before going on a seven-game winning streak and contend for the C-USA West Division Championship. TU finished 8-5 that year.
“About four games into the season is where everybody starts clicking and we really get rolling,” Burnett said.
Rice has always been looked as an easy “W” in the past, but that’s the case anymore. The Owls (2-2 overall, 1-0 in C-USA) rallied with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to beat UTSA, 18-14, last week, and nearly beat Tulsa at Skelly Field last season.
In the 2012 contest, Rice made big plays and led most of the game until late, when Alex Singleton scored a short-yardage TD with a minute and a half left, lifting the Hurricane to a 28-24 victory. The game-winning TD was set by a 75-yard from Ja’Terian Douglass.