Last year, Tulsa began and ended with the same opponent — Iowa State. The Golden Hurricane lost the first contest at Ames, Iowa, but got revenge with a 31-17 Liberty Bowl victory. After that loss in the opener, the Hurricane won seven straight and then went 3-2 down the stretch, including a win in the Conference USA championship game.
Head coach Bill Blankenship brings a 19-8 record into this third year at TU. He improved from 8-5 in 2012 to 11-3 a year ago.
Eight starters return to TU’s lineup this year with senior quarterback Cody Green (6-4, 247) leading the pack. He completed 54.4 percent of his passes last year for 2,592 yards with 17 TDs and 11 INTs. Green also ran for 284 yards and four scores.
The running game will be solid with the return of senior Trey Watts (5-11, 190), son of former OU star J.C. Watts. Watts rushed for 1,108 yards (6 yards per carry) and 3 TDs last season. Ja’Terian Douglas (5-11, 189, Sr.) picked up 936 yards (6.7 average) and 7 touchdowns...