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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tulsa Lives Up to Hurricane Nickname, Blows Out Hawaii 62-35 in Hawaii Bowl

If you didn't know better, you'd wonder if Tulsa played Hawaii in basketball or football Friday night in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. It was that wild of a scoring affair.

With Tulsa and Hawaii being two of the highest-scoring teams in college football this season, many expected it to be a shootout, and neither team disappointed, as the two combined for nearly 100 points, with the visiting Golden Hurricane rolling to a 62-35 blowout over the host Warriors, who were ranked No. 24 coming into the game.

You read that right: 62-35, in a game that lasted roughly four hours. At least the 85 degree temperatures for those in attendance were some consolation.

Both teams compiled over 500 yards in total offense. Hawaii totaled 542 yards, including 471 via the air, while Tulsa racked up 531 total yards, with 343 of those coming via passes. The Hurricanes also added 188 rushing yards, compared to just 71 for Hawaii. Greg Salas pulled in 13 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns for Hawaii in the losing cause, while Tulsa was led in receiving by Damaris Johnson (photo above), who caught four passes for 101 yards and 1 TD.

Johnson, who was named the bowl game's Most Valuable Player, wound up with 326 all-purpose yards, setting an NCAA record of over 7,700 total yards in his tenure at Tulsa.            

While Hawaii, which came into the game with the nation's No. 1 passing offense, was favored and boasted what many believed to be a stronger offense and defense than Tulsa, the Warriors coughed up six turnovers, including five interceptions, four coming off Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz, who completed 24 of 47 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns. Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne completed 17 of 31 passes for 343 yards, three touchdowns and was interception-free.

Tulsa, which has now won three straight bowl games, finishes the season 10-3, while Hawaii ends the campaign 10-4.

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