MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Conference USA champion Tulsa will get another shot at Iowa State when the teams meet in the Liberty Bowl.
The Golden Hurricane (10-3), led by former Husker quarterback Cody Green, will face the Cyclones, who defeated Tulsa 38-23 Sept. 1 in the season opener for both teams. Green threw two touchdown passes in the last meeting.
Iowa State also is scheduled to play at Tulsa next season, so they'll end up meeting three times in barely over a year.
“There's reason for concern there, but it's easy to overlook that because you're playing postseason football in a great venue, a bowl game with a rich history, the seventh-oldest bowl,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “Regardless of the opponent and playing them twice in a year and playing them again on their home turf in 2013, we're thrilled to be bowling against a very, very good Tulsa football team.”
The Liberty Bowl has a partnership with the SEC, which didn't have enough bowl-eligible teams to send anyone to Memphis this season. Liberty Bowl officials filled that spot by inviting Iowa State from the Big 12.
Iowa State (6-6) won four of its first five games this season, but the Cyclones have gone 2-5 since. Iowa State was picked ahead of Louisiana Tech (9-3) and Middle Tennessee (8-4), who won't be playing in bowl games. The Cyclones are making their first Liberty Bowl appearance since 1972, when they lost 31-30 to Georgia Tech.
The Golden Hurricane will be playing in the Liberty Bowl for the first time since a 31-24 victory over Fresno State in 2005. This marks the fourth time in the last six years that Tulsa has won at least 10 games.
“There's no question that Iowa State is well coached and obviously, like us, have gone through transition since we met in the season opener,” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. “Coach Rhoads has done an outstanding job in his four seasons. It will be a great challenge for our football team.”
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