Tulsa has a chance to match its single-season wins record when it makes its eighth bowl appearance in 10 years. The Golden Hurricane's upcoming opponent, however, could make that very difficult.
Iowa State beat the eventual Conference USA champions in this season's opener and heads into the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 motivated to finish with a winning record for the first time in three years.
Tulsa (10-3) won 11 games for the only time in program history in 2008, but it gave itself an opportunity to tie that mark with an overtime victory over Central Florida in the conference title game Dec. 1. Alex Singleton's school-record 41st career touchdown, a 1-yard dive, gave the Golden Hurricane their first C-USA championship since they won the inaugural game in 2005.
"It certainly gives you momentum. You want to go into bowl season with a win," coach Bill Blankenship said. "We're excited to be going to Memphis. That's big time."
A rematch with Iowa ...