ECU first played Tulsa on Oct. 13, 1984 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, losing the game 31-10. Friday will mark the 16th installment of the series and fifth since ECU joined the American Athletic Conference in 2014.

Below are some interesting notes and pieces of information ahead of ECU’s game against the Golden Hurricane on Friday. You can also find a preview of the game here.

  • ECU leads the overall series against Tulsa 8-7 and won six straight games in the series from Dec. 6, 2008 to Oct. 17, 2015
  • Tulsa has won the last two games in the series, including a 49-24 victory in last year’s season finale
  • ECU — last win over Tulsa was a 30-17 victory on Oct. 17, 2015 in Greenville, North Carolina — ECU’s first win in the series came on Oct. 22, 1994 in Tulsa (28-21)
  • Tulsa — in seven wins over ECU hold an average margin of victory of 19.6 points (39.1-19.5 points)
    • ECU — in eight wins over Tulsa hold an average margin of victory of 14.9 points (38.7-23.8 points)
  • Tulsa is 2-0 in conference play for first time since joining the AAC seven years ago — 4-1 in last five AAC games dating back to 2019
    • One of three remaining undefeated AAC teams in league play
  • Tulsa — all three games have been on the road in 2020 (No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 11 UCF and USF)
  • ECU is looking for back-to-back road conference wins in the same season for the first time since joining the AAC in 2014 — can win three straight conference road games, dating back to 2019, for the first time since 2013 (UConn in 2019, USF in 2020)
  • ECU is playing its third road game in last four games overall
  • ECU has won three of the last four games against Tulsa in Oklahoma
  • ECU is 42-47 in conference road games since 1997 — currently on two-game win streak dating back to Nov. 23, 2019 against UConn
  • Tulsa — it has been 341 days since last home game at H.A. Chapman Stadium — last home game was Nov. 23, 2019 against Houston
    • Tulsa has had three home openers either postponed or canceled due to COVID-19
  • Tulsa has 13 come-from-behind wins under head coach Philip Montgomery (six seasons) — includes 18-point comeback against UCF earlier this season (second-biggest comeback under Montgomery)
  • Tulsa — Montgomery is 2-1 against ECU as a head coach — 4-2 overall (three games as assistant at Houston)
  • ECU has forced 23 turnovers in last eight games against Tulsa (2.9 turnovers per game) — own a plus-16 turnover margin in same time span
    • Includes 15 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries
    • Six interceptions and one fumble recovery have been returned for touchdowns against Tulsa since 2008 — includes a pair of 100-yard INT returns since 2013
  • ECU is 14-12 in non-Saturday road games since 2000 — 5-8 on Friday overall –9-11 in non-Saturday games since 2010
    • Last Friday game was Nov. 23, 2018 against Cincinnati (56-6 loss)
  • Tulsa’s offense scored 19 first-half points in first two games of the season — scored 21 first-half points against USF last week
  • Tulsa returned the second-highest combined career rushing yards (4,541 yards) and rushing touchdowns (51) from last year (Clemson) — lost Shamari Brooks (2,700 career yards and 23 touchdowns) to a torn ACL before season-opener
  • Tulsa — 13, 300-plus yard rushing games under Montgomery — includes two in 2019
    • Zero thus far in 2020
  • Tulsa since 2018 has lost to four ranked AAC teams by a combined 19 points
  • ECU is inside the top-25 nationally in average time of possession at 32:35 per game — first in AAC
    • Combined 5:10 average time of possession advantage in 2020 (20:40 collective) — negative-10:24 time of possession deficit in 2019
  • ECU — averaging 27.2 points and 445.5 yards per game in 51 AAC games since joining the conference in 2014
  • ECU is 163-163-4 in October all-time — lost 15 of last 18 games in October since 2015
  • Tulsa QB Zach Smith has passed for 3,946 yards and 24 touchdowns in 15 games since transferring from Baylor ahead of the 2019 season — 671 yards, five touchdowns in 2020
    • Played in 18 games (started 10) for Baylor
    • 5, 300-plus yard passing games in 2019
  • Tulsa’s starting offensive line has a combined 63 starts under its belt
    • Has allowed the sixth-fewest sacks thus far in 2020
  • Tulsa is 337-165-14 at home since 1930 — 49-29 since 2007
  • ECU — 772 rushing yards through first four games — second-highest total since 2000
    • Eclipsed 200 yards in a game three times in four contests — first time since 2001
  • ECU true freshman running back Rahjai Harris has 330 yards through first four games of 2020 — fifth-highest total by an ECU RB in program history and highest since 2014
    • Harris is first among ECU freshmen running backs in yards through first four games — previous best was Chris Johnson’s 197 yards in 2004
    • Harris is looking for his third straight game with 100-plus rushing yards — would become first ECU running back to do so since Vintavious Cooper in 2012
  • ECU is 7-14 versus the AAC in October
  • ECU — with a win on Friday would be 2-3 for the third time in last five years (2016, 2018)
  • ECU — with a loss on Friday would be 1-4 for the first time since 2017 and third time since doing so in 2011
  • Tulsa has five players with 20-plus career starts — WR Keylon Stokes has the most at 27
  • Tulsa was picked to finish ninth in the AAC Preseason Media Poll
  • Tulsa has amassed 21 plays of 20-plus yards through three games — six of those have ended in touchdowns
  • ECU has won eight of last 15 games following an open week since 2010 — lost five of last six
    • Since 1965, ECU is 31-24 following bye weeks
  • ECU — Fernando Frye (12) and Xavier Smith (8) own the longest starting streaks offensively and defensively
  • ECU is 7-6 on Oct. 30 dating back to 1936 — last win was Oct. 30, 2004 against Army (38-28)
    • Lost last two games on Oct. 30 (2010 and 2015)

ECU and Tulsa will kick-off on Friday at 9 p.m. inside H.A. Chapman Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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