OU, Iowa State highlight TU schedule

February 7, 2013

Conference USA football champion Tulsa will face a challenging football schedule in 2013 that includes five teams that went to bowl games, including Big 12 co-champion Oklahoma.

TU announced its fall schedule that includes a September trip to Oklahoma and a rematch with Iowa State, a team Tulsa beat in the Liberty Bowl.

OU (Cotton Bowl), ISU (Liberty Bowl), Bowling Green (Military Bowl), Rice (Armed Forces Bowl) and East Carolina (New Orleans Bowl) will face the Golden Hurricane in 2013.

Tulsa is coming off an 11-3 record. The six-game home schedule for Tulsa features non-conference foes Colorado State and Iowa State, as well as Conference USA opponents Marshall, North Texas, Rice and UTSA.

Missing from the schedule are traditional rivals SMU and Houston, which have departed from C-USA.

“There are some familiar teams that we know will be challenging. We’re excited about our non-conference schedule against two Big 12 teams, the Mountain West and Mid American Conference teams,” said Tulsa Coach Bill Blankenship. “Three of those four opponents made bowl games last season. We know that the home game against Iowa State will be especially interesting given the brief history between the two teams, and Oklahoma is always one of the nation’s best teams.

“We know the toughness of our conference schedule with the returning league teams that we have played recently, and adding three new teams – Louisiana Tech, UTSA and North Texas – to the mix will be fun for our players and fans,” added Blankenship.

The Hurricane will open the season with four consecutive non-conference games, including the season opener at Bowling Green on August 31. The Falcons posted an 8-5 record in 2012. This is the first time Tulsa will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio in the series. Tulsa holds a 3-0 series record against Bowling Green, winning two home games and the 2008 GMAC Bowl by a score of 63-7. The last meeting came in 2010 as the Hurricane claimed a 33-20 home victory.

Tulsa will open the home season a week later on September 7 against Colorado State  (4-8 in 2012) of the Mountain West Conference. This will be the eighth game in the series as Tulsa holds a 4-3 advantage against the Rams. Tulsa and Colorado State were former co-members of the Western Athletic Conference in the 1990s.

The Hurricane will take a trip down the turnpike to face the Oklahoma Sooners (10-3) a week later on Sept. 14. The Sooners hold a 17-7-1 edge in the series and has won the last six meetings.

A rematch of the Liberty Bowl between Tulsa and Iowa State (6-7) takes place here on Sept. 21. Tulsa claimed a 31-17 victory against the Cyclones at the Liberty Bowl, avenging a season-opening 38-23 loss in Ames against Iowa State.

Tulsa opens Conference USA play against the Rice Owls on October 5 at home. TU won 28-24 in 2012 thanks to a late 75-yard run by Ja’Terian Douglas to set up Tulsa’s game-winning touchdown. The Owls went on to post a 7-6 record, defeating Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Hurricane has 10-7-1 series lead against the Owls, while winning the last six contests.

Tulsa goes to UTEP (Oct. 12). Tulsa won last year’s meeting at home by a score of 33-11 and leads the series 13-8. Tulsa has won the last three games and has a 6-4 record in El Paso, including a 57-28 victory in 2011.

Tulsa travels to New Orleans to play Tulane on Oct. 26. Tulsa has an 8-1 series advantage, suffering its only loss in the first game of the series in 1968.

Tulsa hosts Conference USA newcomer, the UTSA Roadrunners, on Nov. 2. It’s the first meeting between Tulsa and UTSA, coached by a former Tulsa offensive coordinator Larry Coker (from the 1980s).

Tulsa travels to East Carolina of the C-USA East Division on Nov. 9. ECU posted an overall 8-5 record and finished 7-1 in the C-USA East Division.

Marshall, visits Tulsa on Nov. 16. TU won 45-38 last season as the Hurricane increased it series lead against the Thundering Herd to 4-0. The Herd finished with a 5-6 record.

Tulsa will close out the home season with games against C-USA newcomers Louisiana Tech and North Texas. The Hurricane travels to Ruston, La., to take on the Bulldogs on Nov. 23. Tech finished the 2012 campaign with an overall 9-3 mark as member of the Western Athletic Conference, but missed out on a bowl game invitation.

The season finale comes on Nov. 30 at home against the North Texas Mean Green. UNT finished last year’s campaign with a 4-8 record as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Tulsa has an 18-6 series lead and has won the last 10 meetings.

2013 Tulsa Football Schedule

Aug. 31 at Bowling Green

Sept.  7 – Colorado State

Sept. 14 At Oklahoma

Sept. 21 – Iowa State

Oct.  5 – Rice

Oct. 12 At Utep

Oct. 26 At Tulane

Nov.  2 – UTSA

Nov.  9  At East Carolina

Nov.  16 – Marshall

Nov. 23 At Louisiana Tech

Nov. 30 – North Texas