Tulsa Liberty Bowl Postgame Notes vs Iowa State
Dec. 31, 2012
Tulsa defeated Iowa State, 31-17, in the 54th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Tulsa completes the 2012 season as the champions of Conference USA and the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Tulsa improved its record to 11-3 on the season. This is the second season in which the Golden Hurricane has recorded 11 wins in school history. The 2008 team also finished 11-3.
Junior running back Trey Watts was voted Most Valuable Player and Tulsa's Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Watts was also selected MVP of the Conference USA Championship Game.
Junior linebacker Shawn Jackson was named Tulsa's Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Tulsa made its 19th bowl appearance in the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and improved its record to 9-10 in bowl games.
The Liberty Bowl was Tulsa's eighth bowl game in the last 10 years, and Tulsa improved its record to 5-3 in last eight bowl games.
Tulsa made its second appearance in the Liberty Bowl. The Golden Hurricane played in the 2005 AutoZone Liberty Bowl and defeated Fresno State, 31-24.
The Tulsa defense allowed 268 total yards, the fewest TU has allowed in a bowl game since the 2009 GMAC Bowl when it allowed 223 total yards to Ball State.
Tulsa rushed for 317 yards, the second-most ever by TU in a bowl game, and most since the 2009 GMAC Bowl when it rushed for 439 yards vs. Ball State.
Tulsa's 317 rushing yards marked the fourth time this season the Golden Hurricane has rushed for more than 300 yards in a game, and the 10th time it gained at least 200 yards on the ground.
Tulsa gained just 93 yards passing. It was the second time this season the Golden Hurricane has passed for fewer than 100 yards in a game. TU won both contests. The Hurricane passed for 90 yards in a 45-38 win at Marshall.
The Tulsa defense recorded three sacks. It was the ninth time this season the Hurricane has tallied at least three sacks in a game.
After Iowa State scored its second touchdown, and second score in three offensive possessions, the Tulsa defense forced the Cyclones into seven punts, two interceptions, a fumble and a missed field goal for the remainder of the game.
In its first three possessions, Iowa State gained 139 yards. In its final 11 possessions, Tulsa allowed the Cyclones just 119 yards.
The Tulsa defense allowed Iowa State to gain just nine first downs, the fewest of the season. The previous low was 11 first downs by 11 first downs by Tulane on Sept. 8. It was the fewest first downs allowed in a bowl game since the 2009 GMAC Bowl when it allowed just nine first downs to Ball State.
Tulsa and Iowa State met for the second time this season. The Golden Hurricane opened the season with a 38-23 defeat in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State is the second opponent Tulsa has played twice this season. The Golden Hurricane faced UCF on Nov. 17 and in the C-USA Championship Game on Dec. 1. The last time the Hurricane played two opponents twice in the same season came in 1929 when Tulsa played Phillips University and Oklahoma City University twice each.
Senior defensive end Cory Dorris made his 51st career start in his 52nd career game at TU.
With the win, Tulsa improved its record to 7-0 in 2012 when leading at halftime.
Tulsa won seven games this season in which it trailed. The Golden Hurricane trailed Iowa State, 17-7 in the first quarter, and came back to win the game, 31-17. TU also defeated Tulane, Fresno State, UAB, Marshall, Rice and UCF (Nov. 17) after falling behind.
Tulsa pulled out its second win of the season after trailing by 10 or more points. The Hurricane also won after trailing Fresno State 20-7.
Trey Watts totaled 249 all-purpose yards - 149 rushing, 17 receiving and on 83 kickoff returns. It marked the fifth time this season Watts has totaled more than 200 all-purpose yards.
Senior running back Alex Singleton scored three touchdowns in the game, marking his 22nd, 23rd and 24th touchdowns of the season. He extended his school record to 43 rushing touchdowns and 44 overall touchdowns in his career.
Singleton scored three rushing touchdowns for the fourth time this season and sixth time of his career.
Singleton's three touchdowns and 18 points tied the Liberty Bowl record for most touchdowns and most points by a single player. His totals matched Bob Anderson of Colorado in the 1969 and Sherrod Gideon of Southern Miss in the 1997 Liberty Bowls.
Junior running back Trey Watts ran for a season-high 149 yards in the game and eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season. He is Tulsa's first 1,000-yard rusher since the 2008 season when Tarrion Adams (2005-08) rushed for 1,523 yards.
With 149 yards in the game, Watts recorded his fifth 100-yard game of the 2012 season and seventh of his career.
Watts' 149 rushing-yard total is his highest total since he rushed for 159 yards against Oklahoma State on Sept. 17, 2011.
Watt's five 100-yard rushing games is the most for a Tulsa player in a single season since Tarrion Adams had eight such games in 2008.
Junior linebacker Shawn Jackson recorded two sacks on back-to-back plays in the first quarter, raising his career total to 18 sacks. Jackson sat out the first meeting with Iowa State due to suspension.
Iowa State's Jeremy Reeves returned a Cody Green interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Tulsa's fourth interception returned for a touchdown this season. The other three came against Fresno State (twice) and UCF (Nov. 17). Tulsa won all three games.
Junior safety Demarco Nelson intercepted Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson's pass at the 12:23 mark of the third quarter. It was Nelson's second interception of the season and eighth of his career.
Tulsa committed nine penalties for 73 yards in the game, the most for the Hurricane since committing 10 penalties for 101 yards at Marshall on Oct. 6.
Tulsa was 1-for-2 on fourth down in the game. The Golden Hurricane converted 21-of-37 fourth downs this season for a .568 percentage.
Freshman kicker Daniel Schwarz finished the game 4-4 on extra points and 1-1 on field goals (40 yards) in the game. He made 12 field goals in 2012, and finished the season with the third-most field goals by a freshman, trailing the 13 set by David Fuess (1986) and James Anderson (1994).
Down 17-7 in the first quarter, Tulsa scored 24 consecutive points to take a 31-17 lead. That was the most consecutive points scored by one team in a Liberty Bowl since Boise State scored 24 straight points against Louisville in the 2004 game.
Dexter McCoil recorded his fifth interception of the season with 3:55 left in the game. He extended his school record with 18 career interceptions.
McCoil tied the Conference USA record for career interceptions. His total of 18 interceptions matches Anthony Floyd of Louisville from 1999-02.
Shawn Jackson forced a fumble and sophomore defensive end Brentom Todd recovered the fumble with 1:16 left in the game. It was Jackson's third forced fumble of the season and Todd's second fumble recovery of the season.
In the second half, Tulsa held the ball for 21:51, and allowed Iowa State just an 8:09 time of possession.
Junior quarterback Cody Green rushed for a season-high 58 yards in the game.
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