THE TULSA-BYU SERIES
The BYU-Tulsa matchup will be the eighth time the two teams have faced each other with the Cougars holding a 6-1 edge. The lone Golden Hurricane win in the series was in the last meeting with Tulsa defeating visiting BYU 55-47 on September 15, 2007. In the seven games, the two schools have combined to average 73.3 points a contest
BOWL GAME HISTORY
Tulsa will be playing in its 18th bowl game in school history this season and first against the BYU Cougars. It's the second time that Tulsa will be playing in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The previous meeting also came against a school from the state of Utah - the Utah Utes in the 2006 game. Utah captured a 25-13 victory.
This is the seventh bowl game in the past nine years for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa has posted a 4-2 record in these previous six bowl games and has won its last three bowl contests. In Tulsa's three consecutive victories, the Hurricane has averaged 56.7 points per game and allowing 18.3 points in those three games. Last year, Tulsa captured a 62-35 victory over #24-ranked Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on December 24 2010.
Tulsa also posted a 45-13 win over #22 Ball State in the GMAC Bowl on January 6, 2009, and the year before, Tulsa defeated Bowling Green 63-7 in the GMAC Bowl. The 56-point difference in the Bowling Green game was an NCAA record for the largest margin of victory in a bowl game.
The other two bowl appearances for the Hurricane in the last nine years came in the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2005 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Tulsa now has an overall 8-9 record in bowl games.
Tulsa was the first school to play in five straight New Year's Day Bowl game sin the 1940s. Tulsa played in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 1, 1942, Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1943, Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1944, Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1945 and the Oil Bowl on Jan. 1, 1946.
TULSA BOWL GAME APPEARANCES (8-9)
Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1943) Tennessee 14, Tulsa 7
Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 1944) Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1945) Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
Oil Bowl (Jan. 1, 1946) Georgia 20, Tulsa 6
Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 1953) Florida 14, Tulsa 13
Bluebonnet Bowl (Dec. 19, 1964) Tulsa 14, Mississippi 7
Bluebonnet Bowl (Dec. 18, 1965) Tennessee 27, Tulsa 6
Independence Bowl (Dec. 13, 1976) McNeese State 20, Tulsa 16
Independence Bowl (Dec. 16, 1989) Oregon 27, Tulsa 24
Freedom Bowl (Dec. 30, 1991) Tulsa 28, San Diego State 17
Humanitarian Bowl (Jan. 3, 2004) Georgia Tech 52, Tulsa 10
Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 2005) Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24
Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 23, 2006) Utah 25, Tulsa 13
GMAC Bowl (Jan. 6, 2008) Tulsa 63, Bowling Green 7
GMAC Bowl (Jan. 6, 2009) Tulsa 45, Ball State 13
Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Dec. 24, 2010) Tulsa 62, Hawai'i 35
TULSA PLAYS BYU IN BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL
The University of Tulsa has accepted an invitation today to play in the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Tulsa is making its 18th bowl game in school history and the school's seventh bowl game in the last nine years. Tulsa (8-4, 7-1 C-USA) will face the BYU Cougars (9-3) on Friday, December 30 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The contest will kickoff at 11 a.m. (CST) on the SMU campus.
As the official bowl game that honors all branches of the United States armed forces, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Tulsa will be competing in the NCAA postseason for the second-straight year after posting a 62-35 win over Hawai'i at the 2010 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are available from the TU Athletic Ticket Office for $40 and can be purchased online at www.tulsahurricane.com, by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688) or by stopping by the Reynolds Center Ticket Office, Mon-Fri., 8:30-5 p.m.
SEND A TU STUDENT
TU alumni and friends are encouraged to Send-a-Student to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl by calling the TU athletic ticket office at 918.631.GoTU (4688) or Brian Scislo at 918.631.3725. Tickets are priced at $40.
To help cheer on our team, the TU Alumni Association and the Golden Hurricane Club have partnered with Spears Travel to offer a variety of complete travel packages, including deluxe accommodations, all transfers, pre-game party, and much more. Travel package information will be available by Monday, December 5 by www.TUAlumni.com/bowl or by calling Spears Travel at 918-254-1608 or toll-free 800-688-8033. Registration deadline for travel is Thursday, December 15.
FAN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Official TU Bowl Bash Thursday, December 29 from 6 - 10 p.m. at Eddie Deen's Ranch in Downtown Dallas. Don't miss this Golden Hurricane party complete with a barbeque feast, drinks and entertainment. Reservations must be made in advance and are $25 per adult and $20 per child 12-and-under. This event is co-hosted by the Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of the TU Alumni Association and the Golden Hurricane Club. Registration deadline for the TU Bowl Bash is Wednesday, Dec. 21. NOTE: Those purchasing travel packages through Spears Travel will automatically be registered for the Bowl Bash.
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, December 30 with kickoff at 11:00 a.m. at Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. WEAR BLUE!
New Years Eve Hoops in Fort Worth on Saturday, December 31 at 6:00 p.m. Spend your last day of 2011 with Golden Hurricane men's basketball as they take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth! Packages are available through Spears Travel or pick up your game ticket through the TU Athletics Office at 918.631.GOTU (4688).
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
BYU is in its' first season as a major independent after leaving the Mountain West Conference following the 2010 season. The Cougars, coached by Bronco Mendenhall, posted a 9-3 record and will be making its 30th bowl game appearance. BYU's three losses have come against Texas, Utah and TCU.
The Cougars average 30.6 points per game, while allowing just 203 points. The BYU offense totals 410.8 yards, including 245 yards through the air and 165.8 yards on the ground. The Cougars have used two quarterbacks this season led by Riley Nelson, who has passed for 1,467 yards and 16 touchdowns throughout the year. Junior quarterback James Lark will assume BYU's backup role following Jake Heaps announcing he will transfer from the program.
Fifteen different receivers have caught passes for the Cougars this season as Cody Hoffman leads the way with 821 yards and seven TDs. The Cougars running game has produced five rushers over 200 yards, led by JJ DiLuigi's 546 yards.
The Cougar defense is one of the nation's top units, allowing just 316 yards per game to rank 17th nationally in total defense. BYU has given up only 118.2 rushing yards and 198 yards through the air to rank 21st nationally against the run and 29th against the pass. The Cougar defense is led by linebackers Brandon Ogletree and Kyle Van Noy, as Ogletree has a team-leading 67 tackles, while Van Noy leads the Cougars with 10 stops for -70 yards and five quarterback sacks for -40 yards.
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