First Glance: Breaking down Tulsa

Last season’s record: 10-3

The series: OU leads 16-7-1

Game time: Saturday at 7 p.m. at Owen Field

It would be easy to overlook the Tulsa Golden Hurricane when the team arrives at Owen Field to battle the Sooners at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

That would be a mistake. Tulsa is coming off a 10-win season including wins at Notre Dame, Houston and Hawaii.

Here are a few things to keep in mind this week:


Golden Hurricane quarterback G.J. Kinne is one of the nation’s top signal callers, he just gets overlooked in the state of Oklahoma with OU's Landry Jones and OSU's Brandon Weeden putting up video game-type numbers.

Kinne passed for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions in 2010. He’s a mobile quarterback who added 561 yards on the ground. Simply put, containing him is the key to a Sooner victory.


--The Golden Hurricane will likely be playing without Damaris Johnson, Tulsa's leading receiver a year ago. Johnson was suspended indefinitely Friday following the arrest of his girlfriend on a complaint of felony embezzlement. An investigation into Johnson’s involvement is ongoing. The Sooners insist their game plan has not changed with Johnson expected to be sidelined.

--First-year head coach Bill Blankenship was the longtime head coach at Tulsa Union High School. During 14 years at Union, Blankenship led the Redskins to seven state championship game berths and titles in 2002, 2004, 2005. He resigned at Union in 2007 to join the Tulsa coaching staff as a receivers coach.

--Those muffled cries you hear are from Blankenship. Tulsa opens the season at No. 1 Oklahoma, and travels to Tulane before hosting No. 9 Oklahoma State and visiting No. 5 Boise State in consecutive weeks. The Golden Hurricane will play three preseason Top 10 teams before October. Welcome to Division I football, Bill.

--The Sooners aren’t the only team that will take the field with heavy hearts on Saturday. Tulsa will honor former player Wilson Holloway by wearing No. 71 decals on the back of their helmets in 2011. Holloway passed away in February of a long battle with Lymphoma Leukemia.