TU bowl win caps a remarkable season
BY World's Editorials Writers
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 5:24 AM
Congratulations to the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane, which capped one of its most successful football seasons ever Monday with a 31-17 Liberty Bowl victory over Iowa State.
TU didn't just beat the Cyclones, it thoroughly dominated after falling behind early. The victory avenged an opening-day loss to the Cyclones.
It was a remarkable season for TU, the smallest school competing in NCAA Division 1 football. The Hurricane won 11 games for only the second time in its history, won the Conference USA championship and in winning the bowl game defeated a Big 12 Conference opponent for the first time in 14 years.
TU accomplished all this with a homegrown head coach - Bill Blankenship, who quarterbacked the Hurricane in the 1970s and had a successful high school coaching career for more than 20 years in Oklahoma before moving to the college ranks at TU - and a roster heavy with players recruited from Tulsa-area and Oklahoma high schools.
All in all, it was a memorable season for the Hurricane; Monday's Liberty Bowl victory was the cherry on top.
The OSU Cowboys continued the state's winning ways Tuesday with a 58-14 drubbing of Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The OU Sooners can make it a sweep by beating Texas A&M on Friday in the Cotton Bowl.
Original Print Headline: Go, TU