Glory Returns to Hurricane Football

C-USA CHAMPS: Hurricane players celebrated after defeating Central Florida in Orlando for the Conference USA championship.

Tulsa’s proud football tradition has returned as the Golden Hurricane prepares to face former WAC rival Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis Dec. 31.

The bowl will be the school’s 13th. Tulsa is one of only 24 NCAA Division I schools to play in bowl games for seven consecutive decades, according to GTR Newspapers research.

This year’s team has blossomed as a result of good coaching, an excellent quarterback and prime receiver, good running backs, a good offensive line, very good special teams and an improved defense.

Back in 2002, when Tulsa was looking for a new football coach, very few people in town or around the nation had heard of Steve Kragthorpe. Today, he is one of the bright young coaches and has already been mentioned nationally in several coaching searches. He also has a very good staff led by offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs and defensive coordinator Todd Graham.

All-American tight end Garrett Mills from Jenks High School continues to amaze fans with his pass catching ability. Sophomore quarterback Paul Smith from Owasso is developing into one of the top players in the nation at his position. Running backs Tarrion Adams, Uril Parrish, Cauvey Jackson and others have been impressive. Place kicker Brad DeVault has been amazingly consistent. In short, the entire team has shined.
Memphis and the Liberty Bowl await this team for the New Year’s Eve day game. It should be a New Year’s for all Tulsa football fans to remember. Memphis is a relatively short drive from Tulsa. Beale Street and Elvis are awaiting Tulsa. And so are the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Come on down. Let’s go to Memphis and win one for the hometown guys!

Updated 12-20-2005

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