Tulsa Post-Game Notes
Dec. 31, 2005
Tulsa, Okla. -
Tulsa Post-Game Notes vs. Fresno State 47th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl-Tulsa captains were #20 Garrett Mills, #29 Brad DeVault, #61 Jesse Stoneham, #97 Brandon Lohr.
-Fresno State won the toss. They deferred. Tulsa will receive and guard the North end zone.
-Two Hurricane juniors have the longest current active streak for career starts. Junior Jeff Perrett holds the record with 35 offensive starts, while on the defensive side of the ball, fellow junior Nick Bunting has also started 35 straight games.
-Fresno State's first drive of the game was 15 plays in 8:27. It was the second longest (by plays) for an opponent this year, and the longest by time.
-Ashlan Davis caught Tulsa's first reception of the game. This was only the fourth time in 13 games this season that Garrett Mills did not catch the first pass of the game for Tulsa.
-Fresno State scored the first touchdown of the game, marking the seventh time this year that the opponent has scored first. The previous six teams were Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Texas, Memphis, Southern Miss and UCF. TU was 5-2 this season when the opponent scored first.
-With his 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Uril Parrish has nine rushing TDs this season, and 25 in his career. He has rushed for 2,465 career yards on 543 carries in 45 career games, for fifth-place on the school's career rushing chart.
-Tarrion Adams' 63-yard touchdown run was his second longest in his career. His longest is a 64-yard run against Memphis this season. This was his eighth career rushing TD. The run was also the second longest touchdown run in bowl history for Tulsa. The longest was a 79-yard run by Jimmy Ford in the 1944 Sugar Bowl against Georgia Tech.
-This is the fourth game this season that Tulsa has had two touchdown runs from scrimmage 10 yards or more. The other games were North Texas (25, 41), Rice (23, 10, 10) and East Carolina (14, 18).
-Brad DeVault's 41-yard field goal before half-time makes him 7-7 from 40-yards and beyond this year.
-This was the seventh time this season that Tulsa led at halftime. Before today's game Tulsa was 6-1 when leading at halftime, with the only loss coming at UTEP.
-This was the first time since the 1972 Liberty Bowl that the two participating teams entered the fourth quarter tied.
-With Ashlan Davis' 54-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, Davis had his fifth receiving touchdowns this season, as well has his sixth career touchdown reception and 13th career touchdown (6 kickoff return and 1 blocked punt).
-Anthony Germany and Nelson Coleman each had their first career interceptions in the fourth quarter. This was TU's 21st and 22nd interception of the year.
-Ashlan Davis posted his first career 100+ yard receiving game. This was the eighth time as a team TU has reached that plateau this season.
-Quarterback Paul Smith's four-yard touchdown run was his sixth rushing touchdown this season, and seventh in his career.
-Quarterback Paul Smith finished the season in the sixth spot on TU's Most TD Passes in a Single Season (since 1950) chart with 20 touchdown passes.
-Sophomore Paul Smith has 2,847 passing yards this season for fourth-place on TU's Single-Season Passing Leader list. He has career totals of 3,132 yards on 248-of-398 passes for a completion percentage of 62-percent in 21 career games.
-In Garrett Mills' final collegiate game, he increased his streak to 40 consecutive games with a pass reception.
-Garrett Mills had 1,235 reception yards this season, for fifth-place on TU's Single-Season Receiving Leader list. Mills concluded his college career with 201 receptions for 2,389 yards and 23 touchdowns, for sixth-place on TU's Career Receiving Leader chart.
-Senior place-kicker Brad DeVault concluded his senior season in third-place on Tulsa's Single-Season Scoring Leader list with 103 points. DeVault finishes one point shy of tying Tulsa's all-time scoring leader Jason Staurovsky's (1981-85) 281 point total. He has 280 career points on 46 field goals and 142 point-after-attempts.
-Brad DeVault ended his career at Tulsa in fifth-place on TU's Career Field Goal Leader chart with 46 field goals.
-TU posted 22 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries for a total of 36 takeaways this season.
-This was the fifth meeting between Tulsa and Fresno State. The Bulldogs hold a 4-1 series lead.
-With an attendance of 54,894, this was the 23rd largest crowd to see Tulsa play.
-Tulsa has posted 21 wins since Steve Kragthorpe took over the coaching reigns in 2003. Tulsa has a 19-4 record when scoring over 30 points in the Kragthorpe era.
-The Hurricane has a 5-8 record in bowl games.
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