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Devon Walker’s Injury Lingers For Tulsa

Posted on September 14, 2012

Nearly a week ago, the life of Devon Walker, a defensive player for Tulane, changed forever. He broke his neck when he collided with a teammate in a game against Tulsa. To make matters worse, Tulane lost the game to Tulsa.

Alex Singleton rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to a 42-10 win over Conference USA opponent Tulane. The game was marked by a serious injury to Tulane safety Devon Walker at the end of the first half.

English: Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Ryan Reyn...

English: Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Ryan Reynolds tackles a Tulsa Golden Hurricane player during a 2009 game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tulane scored first with a 49-yard field goal by Cairo Santos to take an early lead, but Tulsa quickly took control of the game.

Singleton scored his first touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter, and then he scored again on a 1-yard run, just before the end of the quarter.

The Golden Hurricane extended the lead to 21-3, on a 74-yard touchdown pass completion from Cody Green to Thomas Roberson, and with 13:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Tulsa struck again on a 16-yard TD pass from Green to Jordan James with 8:58 remaining in the second quarter, and Tulsa took a 28-3 lead.

With 4:48 remaining before halftime, Tulsa’s Singleton scored his third TD of the first half on a 2-yard run.

Green completed 16-of-26 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

On the last play of the first half, Walker was hit hard in the helmet by teammate Julius Warmsley’s helmet. Walker was knocked unconscious, and CPR was performed while he lay motionless on the field. Walker was breathing but unconscious when taken to St. Francis Hospital by ambulance. Tulane team physician Dr. Buddy Savoie said after the game that Walker suffered a cervical spine fracture.

In the third quarter Tulsa missed a 21-yard field goal, and both teams remained scoreless in that quarter.

In the fourth quarter, TU backup quarterback Kalen Henderson ran in from five yards out, capping a seven-play, 81 yard drive to make the score 42-3. The Hurricane tacked on a field goal by Daniel Schwarz with 4:26 left in the game.

Tulane scored its only touchdown of the game when quarterback Devin Powell connected with Ryan Grant for a 66-yard scoring play with 3:30 remaining, making the score 45-10, Tulsa.

Tulsa will play a nonconference opponent from the Southland Conference this week as the Golden Hurricane hosts Nicholls State.

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