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Alec Henry contemplates how to attack his first plate of ribs.
Alec Henry contemplates how to attack his first plate of ribs.
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Dec. 28, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Photo Gallery

Tulsa had a full day of events on Thursday after arriving in Memphis mid-day Wednesday for the 54th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Tulsa and Iowa State will face-off on Monday, December 31st from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a game televised nationally on ESPN, but between practice and preparations for the game the two teams will have opportunities to see some Memphis landmarks and be involved in some off-the-field competitions.

Bowl Week festivities officially kicked off on Thursday night with the Team Welcome Party at AutoZone Park, home of the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The two teams gather Thursday night for some fellowship, barbeque and competition. There were three main events of competition between Tulsa and Iowa State -- rib eat-off, Xbox 360 and singing.

In the first event, Iowa State's Ethan Tuftee finished 20 ribs (2 racks) in a record time of 22:45 to defeated Tulsa's 300+ pound reserve offensive lineman Alec Henry, who finished 14 ribs. For winning the event, Tuftee received a commemorative AutoZone Liberty Bowl guitar.

The Xbox competition, NCAA Football 2013 between Tulsa and Iowa State, came down to a two-point conversion in overtime, as the Cyclones Henry Simon defeated Tulsa's Trey Watts, 29-28 in the first overtime period.

Tulsa red-shirt freshman safety Michael Mudoh claimed the prize in the six-person singing competition with an outstanding performance of Amazing Grace.

Tula awoke early on Friday for the FCA Breakfast at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. The Hurricane will practice at the Memphis University School late morning, before the team will take trips to the Civil Rights Museum and Graceland. A professional rodeo on Friday night will conclude a long day of events for the Hurricane team.