FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tulsa accepted a bid Tuesday to
represent Conference USA in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Utah.
Tulsa (8-4) will make its third bowl appearance in four seasons
under coach Steve Kragthorpe, and play in its 14th bowl overall, in
the Dec. 23 game on the TCU campus against Utah (7-5).
The Utes, from the Mountain West Conference, are in their fourth
Before Kragthorpe became their coach, the Golden Hurricane
hadn't played in a postseason game since the 1991 Freedom Bowl and
had been to only three bowls the previous 37 seasons.
Tulsa ended its regular season with a 38-3 victory over Tulane
on Friday that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Utah and Tulsa have played three times but never in a bowl game.
Tulsa has a 2-1 series advantage, including a 21-13 win at home in
their last meeting in 1997, a year after Utah's 45-19 victory on
its home field.
The Armed Forces Bowl, formerly known as the Fort Worth Bowl, is
sponsored by Bell Helicopter. This is the fourth year it will be