A third encounter with a foe, a second Thursday night game in one month and a nationally televised game for the third time this season are a few of the things Tulsa is dealing with as it prepares for action in less than five hours.
The Golden Hurricane (1-2) meet Iowa State (0-2) for the third time in two seasons at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The game will be telecasted on FOX Sports Network and locally by KRMG 740 AM.
Playing on national television is more commonplace for TU nowadays, and it likes getting to play on a Thursday night this week.
"This Thursday fits well in the system,” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “I don't mind having an extra two or three days to prepare, and an extra two or three days when we're done. The exposure will be good. It will be a national audience. There aren't as many games on a Thursday night, so you get a chance for your recruits to see what we're about. And for our own people, it's an opportunity to come out and pack the stands."
Both teams met twice in 2012 with the Cyclones beating TU, 38-23, in the season opener, while Tulsa won 31-17 in the Liberty Bowl Championship last New Year’s Eve in Memphis. It is Tulsa’s first action since losing 51-20 at Oklahoma on Sept. 14. The Golden Hurricane is also facing its second consecutive Big 12 foe.
"Coming off of a bye week or an open week, you're just really anxious to play. You get into that rhythm," Blankenship said. "We're excited to take on Iowa State in a rematch of the Liberty Bowl. This is a unique situation, playing them for the third time in 13 months. Folks have talked about that. It is certainly unique in the college world."
Hurricane Quick Hits
* Senior linebacker Shawn Jackson had three tackles for losses in TU’s loss to OU on Sept. 14. He became the school’s career-record holder with 41.5 stops for negative yardage with minus-183 yards. He currently has 19 careers sacks for minus-119 yards and needs just one more sack to tie the school record.
* Senior tailback Trey Watts has attained over 200 all-purpose yards in Tulsa’s last two games. He had 247 in the Golden Hurricane’s 30-27 win over Colorado State on Sept. 7 and 231 two weeks ago against Oklahoma.
* Both teams are coming off losses to in-state rivals. While TU lost to OU, Iowa State lost 27-21 to Iowa, also on Sept. 14.