The fortunes for the Tulsa football have changed dramatically since the ink dried on its contract with ISU


Seven years ago, ISU Athletics Director Bruce VandeVelde and Coach Dan McCarney signed a contract to play a non-conference football game with Tulsa. That game is Saturday.

The Golden Hurricanes were coming off a 4-8 season in the Western Athletic Conference. Their wins had come against Missouri State, Rice, San Jose State and UTEP. Tulsa was 8-5 in 2003 but that followed consecutive one-win seasons in 2002 and 2001.

At that time (2005), Tulsa was also moving into Conference USA.

Since the conference change, the Hurricanes have won at least eight games six times in seven years. Tulsa’s 8-5 record last fall included losses to Oklahoma (ranked #1 at the time), Oklahoma State (#8), Boise State (#4), Houston (#8) and BYU.

It’s a quality program and Tulsa is favored to win in Ames Saturday.

“I’d like to have an opponent that I know we should be able to line up against and defeat,” Coach Paul Rhoads said at his Monday news conference. “Tulsa is not that opponent. This is a scary football game for our program.”

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