by CFP Staff
December 30, 2011
The 4-bowl day of Friday, December 30th began with BYU's last-second 24-21 triumph over Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars won for the fifth time this season after trailing at halftime.
Tulsa took a 14-3 in the second quarter but BYU cut it to 14-10 just before halftime. The Cougars overtook the Golden Hurricane in the 3rd when Riley Nelson hit Cody Hoffman for a 30-yard TD strike. However, Tulsa went back in front in the 4th G.J. Kinne and Bryan Burnham countered with a 30-yard TD combination of their own with just under 11 minutes left in the game.
BYU's game-winning drive started at the BYU 30-yard line with 4:31 remaining and ended 12 plays later with Nelson's 3rd TD pass to Hoffman from just 2 yards out.
The game returned to Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU after being moved to SMU's Gerald R. Ford Stadium for last year's contest, due to renovations and expansion.
Tulsa finished 8-5 after making the postseason for the second straight year. The Golden Hurricane finished the year with consecutive losses to Houston and the Cougars.
BYU finished 10-3 with victories in nine of the last ten games, falling only to TCU 38-28 in Arlington.
It was the eighth time the two teams have faced each other with the Cougars gaining a 7-1 edge. The lone Golden Hurricane win in the series came was a 55-47 home victory on September 15, 2007. In the seven previous games, the two schools combined to average 73.3 points a contest.
BYU had coach Bronco Mendenhall 66-24 at BYU with seven straight bowl appearances and victories in five of those games.
80% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked BYU to win this game, but the Congrove Computer Rankings had Tulsa tabbed as the projected victor by 2.81 points.