Get To Know: Tulsa

Lets take a look at Tulsa football, and what the 'Cats upcoming opponent has in store as Texas State travels north to Oklahoma.

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes come into this game at 1-2 after winning there season opening game against Tulane in Double OT 38-31. Then dropping 2 straight in a very bad way to Oklahoma, who was ranked 4th in the nation at the time, and Florida Atlantic by a combined score of 102-28.

Tulsa History
The Tulsa football program was started in 1895, although they only played 1 game that season, and no score or date was recorded. Tulsa has played in 5 conferences since that time, most recently in Conference USA, until moving to the Big East which became the American Athletic conference only a few weeks later. Tulsa enjoyed good success in C-USA appearing in 4 bowl games the conference had during the tenure and winning 2 of them, in 2005 and 2012. They beat Iowa State, 31-17 in the 2012 Liberty Bowl.

Leadership, Location, and Tidbits.
Tulsa is under the head coaching leadership of Bill Blankenship, who took the reigns of the program in 2011, and has led Tulsa to a 23-19 record during his time. The team plays its home games at Shelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where you can see their beloved Captain Cain mascot patrolling the sidelines. After undergoing recent rennovations, Chapman Stadium holds a capacity exactly like Bobcat Stadium of 30,000. It is also located directly off of one of America's most historic roads, Route 66.

Tulsa has 3 alumni currently in the NFL, Charles Clay (Miami), Damarius Thomas (Houston), and Tyrunn Walker (New Orlenas). Perhaps the most notable name to come from the school is Steve Largent who played 12 seasons with Seattle and is in the NFL Hall of Fame. Another interesting fact is that the Tulsa program was the first to have multiple rushers go over 200 yds in the same game, back in 1985.

Some more tidbits about the success of the TU program, is over the last 6 years the Golden Hurricane have been ranked as high as 18th in national polls. They closed the 2012 season ranked 24th in the AP. Their program has produced notable Head Coaches in Steve Kragthorpe and Todd Graham (Arizona State).

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