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Tulsa defenders take down a UTEP ballcarrier in  57-28 Hurricane win on Saturday.
Tulsa defenders take down a UTEP ballcarrier in 57-28 Hurricane win on Saturday.
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Nov. 20, 2011

Tulsa, Oklahoma - It may be Black Friday, but November 25th has more significance for two universities and their football fans than shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the #7-ranked Houston Cougars will square off for the Conference USA West Division title.

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased online at www.TulsaHurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or stopping by the TU Reynolds Center Ticket Office, Mon-Tues, 8:30-5 pm, and Wednesday, 9-3 pm.

Fans can receive discounted tickets at facebook.com/tulsahurricane.

The game kicks off at 11:00 am on Friday from Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium. The winner of this match-up will host the Conference USA Championship Game a week later on December 3rd.

Tulsa faces its' fourth top-10 opponent this season, as the Hurricane already played non-conference top-10 foes Oklahoma, Boise State and Oklahoma State.

Houston comes into the contest ranked 7th in the USA Today Coaches poll and 8th in the Associated Press poll team with an unblemished 11-0 record, 7-0 league mark and the NCAA's No. 1 offense, scoring 53.1 points and gaining 618.3 total yards. Tulsa also has a 7-0 C-USA record and has moved up to 27th in the extended Associated Press poll with its overall 8-3 season mark.

Tulsa's defense has been impressive in Conference USA competition this year, allowing 16.0 points, and 347.9 total yards in seven league games, but will have its' hand full against the Cougars offense, guided by the NCAA's all-time passing leader Case Keenum.

The Tulsa offense is led by quarterback G.J. Kinne and has averaged 35.7 points per game, while gaining 465 yards of total offense. The Hurricane running game, led by the sophomore tailback duo of Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas, leads Conference USA in rushing with 208.5 yards per game.



Houston leads the overall series 19-17. The last meeting in Tulsa ended in a 46-45 victory for the 13th-ranked Cougars Houston on a last second field goal, while the Hurricane avenged that loss a year ago with a 28-25 road win.