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Tulsa turns attention to offense

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa thinks getting back on track offensively is key to a successful debut in the American Athletic Conference.

The Golden Hurricane ranked in the top 30 in a couple of key offensive categories in 2012, when the team finished 11-3 with a Liberty Bowl win over Iowa State and a Conference USA championship. But they struggled mightily last season.

The team ranked 102nd in scoring (21.1 points per game), 100th in total offense (366.2 yards), 99th in passing offense (191.4 yards), 118th in passing efficiency (49 percent) and 69th in rushing offense (164.8 yards) among the nation's 123 FBS teams.

Coach Bill Blankenship says Monday that the offense was dysfunctional.