Dec. 4, 2005

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Saturday, December 31 @ 12:00 p.m. CT
Memphis, TN
Tulsa vs. Fresno State

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane, winners of the Conference USA Football Championship, will make their 13th bowl game appearance in school history this year at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 31, 2005 in Memphis, TN. Tulsa will face former Western Athletic Conference rival the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs hold a 4-0 series advantage over the Hurricane, as the two teams met in four consecutive seasons, 1999 through the 2002 campaign.

Tulsa has an 8-4 overall record and 6-2 C-USA mark, while Fresno State also finished the regular season with 8-4 and 6-2 records. The Bulldogs took #1-ranked USC down to the wire in a thrilling 50-42 loss in mid-November.

This year's AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic will offer plenty of "Good Vibrations" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" for everyone as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member The Beach Boys bring a bit of California to Memphis. The Beach Boys will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl President's Gala and headline the halftime show of the 47th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

. Liberty Bowl Parade on Beale Street-- Friday, December 30 at 4:00 p.m. . TU Beale Street Bash at 162 Beale Street (King's Palace/Rum Boogie Cafe/Blues Hall/Beale St. Tap Room) -- Friday, December 30 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. . Pre-Game Brunch Buffet at Mid South Coliseum -- Saturday, December 31 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 pm. . TU vs. Fresno State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium -- Saturday, December 31 at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Tulsa Athletic Ticket Office and through travel packages offered through TU Athletics and the TU Alumni Association. All TU Fans attending the game are encouraged to support the University by purchasing tickets through the TU athletic ticket office. Tickets are $45. For tickets to the game, visit or call 918-631-GoTU (4688). Tickets purchased by Sunday, December 11 will receive priority seating.

Travel packages include bus transportation, hotel accommodations, game ticket, game day transportation, and pre-game festivities. Visit for more information or call the Office of Alumni Relations from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-219-4688 or 918-631-2555.

To help send students to the bowl game, complete the second page of the travel form at or send a donation to The Office of Alumni Relations, 600 South College Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104.

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl History
In 2005, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl celebrates 47 outstanding years of post-season college football action. Previous Liberty Bowl participants include Penn State, Alabama, Notre Dame, BYU, Tennessee, and Boise State. Some coaching legends that have been associated with the bowl include Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Paterno, Johnny Majors and LaVell Edwards. Four Heisman winners, Doug Flutie, Bo Jackson, Terry Baker, and Ernie Davis have participated in the Liberty Bowl. Each of the last seven AutoZone Liberty Bowls have drawn crowds over 50,000.

About Memphis, Tennessee
Sun-drenched days and calm, clear nights are Memphis' official invitation to the world. From the soulful lyrics of soul pounding live music, to the dozens of festivals, attractions, museums, and mouth-watering cuisine, the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll" and "Home of the Blues" is officially calling you home. Elvis Presley's "Graceland" Mansion should be on every tourist's list of attractions.

Why Memphis? First, it's the people. Memphis is consistently named one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. Then there's the food: all kinds, and lots of it. Barbecue is definitely king and every May you can find hundreds of thousands cooking up a storm during the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest on the banks of the Mississippi River. But every day of the year, you'll detect the sweet aroma of barbecue, wet and dry, in restaurants, cafes, and corner eating spots all over the city.

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