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Hawai'i Bowl: Tulsa vs. Hawai'i Postgame Notes


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Dec. 25, 2010

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• This was the 17th Bowl game appearance in school history for Tulsa, and the fifth Bowl appearance in the last six years for Tulsa.

• Tulsa is now 7-10 in Bowl games. The Hurricane has won its last three Bowl games, and four of the last five Bowl contests.

• It was Tulsa's first appearance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. It is the 13th different Bowl that Tulsa has played in. The Hurricane has played in the Sugar Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl, Independence Bowl and GMAC Bowl twice in its history and eight other Bowls just once.

• Tulsa won 10 games for the eighth time in school history and the third time in the last four years.

• Tulsa scored over 60 points for the second time in a Bowl game. The previous game of 60+ points came against Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl (63-7).

• Tulsa went over 500 yards for the eighth time this season and the 33rd time in the last four years under Todd Graham as head coach.

• Tulsa captains were G.J. Kinne and seniors Trae Johnson, Charles Clay, Jamad Williams and Tyler Pistoia.

• Tulsa has won the toss and will receive.

• Junior Damaris Johnson became the Conference USA career record-holder for all-purpose yards when he surpassed DeAngelo Williams (Memphis, 2002-05) record of 7,573 yards. Johnson needed 103 yards entering the game to become the all-time C-USA leader.

Damaris Johnson later became the NCAA's all-time record-holder with a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter, giving him 301 yards in the game and 7,771 career all-purpose yards, breaking the record of 7,764 yards. He ended the season with 7,796 all-purpose yards.

• Junior linebacker Curnelius Arnick had his third interception of the season and of his career on Hawaii's first possession. He returned it 52 yards to the Hawaii three-yard line.

• On Hawaii's second possession, senior linebacker Tanner Antle had his first career interception in his 52nd career game played. He intercepted the ball in the end zone.

• Before Fitzpatrick's 42-yard field goal in the first quarter he had converted on just 2-of-8 from behind 40 yards this year.

• This was the fourth game this year that Tulsa held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter. The other three games were Central Arkansas, Memphis and Houston.

• Tulsa led at the end of the first quarter for the seventh time this season, as Tulsa trailed three times and was tied three times.

• Tulsa held Hawaii scoreless in the first quarter, marking only the second time this season that Hawaii had not scored in the first quarter of a game. The other game was against No. 2-ranked Boise State on Nov. 6th.

• Tulsa scored two TDs on interception returns - John Flanders on a 54-yard return and Curnelius Arnick also on a 54-yard TD - in the first half. On the year, Tulsa has now scored

Curnelius Arnick had two interceptions against Hawaii, giving him four interceptions on the season, and marking the second game this year that he had two interceptions in one game. The other game was against Houston.

• Tulsa had four or more first-half interceptions for the second time this season. The Hurricane had five first-half interceptions. Tulsa had four interceptions in the first half against Houston.

• Tulsa has scored 40+ points for the seventh time this season and the 26th time since Graham became the Hurricane head coach in the 2007 season.

• In the second half, Tulsa scored 21 points on its first six plays of the half -- going 74 yards in 2 plays, 75 yards in 2 plays and 57 yards in 3 plays.

Damaris Johnson had his fifth career 300+ all-purpose yardage game and the second of the season.

Curnelius Arnick had his seventh game with double-digit tackles this year and the eighth time in his career.