By Brandon Speck
MEMPHIS -- Tulsa had four months to think about its worst loss of the season.
A lot happened since the Golden Hurricane lost a 15-point decision at Iowa State in the season-opener.
Things went a lot better the rest of the way for the Conference USA champion. It stayed that way Monday night at chilly Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The Golden Hurricane (11-3) overcame a slow start and held Iowa State without a score for the final three quarters in a 31-17 win in front of 53,687 Iowa State-dominated fans in the 54th Annual Auto Zone Liberty Bowl. Tulsa scored the final 24 points of the game.
"I'm very proud of the way these guys finished," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "Our guys adjusted. We're playing our best football right now. That's what you want."
It was a role reversal from the first meeting. Iowa State won then by scoring 24 straight after falling behind. Tulsa did it Monday for its first bowl win over a BCS team.