Big 12: Ja'Terian Douglas

Pregame: AutoZone Liberty Bowl

December, 31, 2012
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Iowa State (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) vs. Tulsa (10-3, 7-1 Conference USA)

WHO TO WATCH: Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein vs. Tulsa's three-headed monster at running back. The Golden Hurricane won their conference on the backs of Trey Watts, Ja'Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton, who all topped at least 765 yards this season. Watts broke a 77-yard run and finished with 125 yards the first time these two played, but the other two were largely quiet. The problem for Iowa State? Klein's partner in crime, Jake Knott, won't be on the field after suffering a shoulder injury and undergoing surgery earlier this season.

WHAT TO WATCH: If either team can get its passing game rolling, it might win this one easily. There's been inconsistency on both parts, but Nebraska transfer Cody Green is the headline for the Golden Hurricane. Iowa State has started three different quarterbacks this season but landed on freshman Sam Richardson late in the season. He's showed promise, and Tulsa hasn't seen him, but senior Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards in the first matchup.

WHY TO WATCH: Is the second verse the same as the first or not? Tulsa dominated the first quarter of the season opener, racing to a 16-7 lead and looking like the clearly better team. Iowa State handled its business from that point forward. The Cyclones outscored the Golden Hurricane 24-0 over the next two quarters and earned a solid win over an eventual 10-win team to kick off the season. This is the Big 12's only bowl matchup against a non-AQ team, but Tulsa's a squad that knows a lot about winning games.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 27, Tulsa 21. Shontrelle Johnson rushed for 120 yards in the first game, but he's out with a knee injury this time. Still, we'll see James White and Jeff Woody perform admirably in support of Richardson. Josh Lenz hauls in a touchdown grab and tops 100 yards receiving, while the Cyclones prevent the Golden Hurricane from having a 100-yard rusher. Only four teams topped 24 points this season against Iowa State, and Tulsa will go 0-2 on trying to reach that mark.

A closer look: AutoZone Liberty Bowl

December, 19, 2012
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As the bowl season approaches, we're going to be looking a little closer at each game. We'll go down the Big 12 bowl schedule in chronological order.

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL

Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3)

Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

About Iowa State: The Cyclones have made their mark in big-time upsets on an annual basis, it seems. Iowa State announced its intentions to make a bowl run with an upset win over then-No. 15 TCU on the road, though it was a wounded Frogs team without quarterback Casey Pachall. The Cyclones once again reached 3-0 in conference play with wins over Tulsa to open the season and rival Iowa in Iowa City for the first time in a decade. The Cyclones battled inconsistency at quarterback all season long, but Steele Jantz topped 400 yards of total offense and threw five touchdown passes in a win over Baylor that ultimately proved to be the difference in Iowa State's bowl run. The Cyclone clinched it this year with a four-touchdown win on the road against Kansas. It's not quite as dramatic as last year's double-overtime upset over No. 2 Oklahoma State, but it'll work. Another year, another unlikely bowl game for the Cyclones, who are one of nine Big 12 teams to reach the Big 12, but the only one to do so with a 6-6 record.

About Tulsa: Only one conference champion will face a Big 12 team in a bowl, and that's these Golden Hurricane. Tulsa beat UCF in overtime to capture the Conference USA title, and went 7-1 in league play with the only loss coming to SMU. The Golden Hurricane blew a lead in the opener on the road at Iowa State and narrowly lost at Arkansas, but finished undefeated at home at Skelly Stadium. That's an astounding four 10-win seasons in six years for Tulsa, which will try to reach 11 and avenge the loss to Iowa State.

Cyclones to watch: Two you won't be watching? The team's leading rusher, Shontrelle Johnson (knee) and arguably its best linebacker, Jake Knott (shoulder), who are done for the season. Still, A.J. Klein is an All-Big 12 first-teamer and James White is an experienced fill-in for Johnson, and both need big games for Iowa State to earn just the fourth bowl win in school history. Freshman quarterback Sam Richardson took over late and showed promise. The team's most talented receiver Josh Lenz, who caught six touchdowns among his 29 grabs for 430 yards this season. Safety Durrell Givens proved his worth as a big-play ballhawk, too. He's picked off three passes and forced four fumbles.

Golden Hurricane to watch: For Tulsa, it all starts with its three backs: Trey Watts, Ja'Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton. Singleton racked up a crazy 21 rushing touchdowns, but the trio combined for 2,581 rushing yards this season to carry Tulsa to a league title. Nebraska transfer Cody Green, who Big 12 fans surely remember as a high-profile signee and one-time starter for the Huskers, threw for 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, racking up 2,499 yards but completed just over 54 percent of his passes. Linebacker DeAundre Brown made 125 tackles, which would have led the Big 12, and added 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Iowa State would be well served to make sure to know where he is on every snap.

Did you know? Iowa State played in this bowl game just once: Exactly 40 years ago back in 1972. The Cyclones went for two points and the win against Georgia Tech, but the gamble failed, and Iowa State lost. The final score: 31-30. Sound familiar? That is pure insanity.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

December, 2, 2012
12/02/12
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Iowa State Cyclones (6-6) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3)

Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ET, Memphis, Tenn. (ESPN)

Iowa State take by SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon: Big 12 Conference play was unkind to the Cyclones, who have won just two games since Oct. 6. They finished 3-6 in the conference and 6-6 overall.

Nonetheless, ISU has plenty of hope heading into bowl season with the emergence of redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Richardson in its final two games. He was 36-of-58 for 412 yards and seven touchdowns with zero interceptions in the final two games.

Richardson has played with a confidence and poise that should make Cyclones fans excited about the future. The month of bowl practices will help his development, and a good performance in ISU's bowl game could give him the confidence to take his game to another level as a sophomore.

The Cyclones feature a solid defense which allowed 23.3 points per game this season, so their offensive success tends to make the difference between a win and a loss for ISU. It’s also the final game for linebacker A.J. Klein, who has 98 tackles this season and is two tackles away from recording the third 100-tackle season of his college career. ISU surely wants to send one of the best defensive players in school history out with a bowl win.




Tulsa take from RecruitingNation's Brandon Chatmon: Tulsa earned its AutoZone Liberty Bowl berth after winning their first Conference USA title since 2005. The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA championship game, 33-27, over Central Florida in overtime on Saturday.

Tulsa hasn’t had one spectacular individual on offense this season yet the Golden Hurricane saw three different running backs rush for 765 yards or more in 2012. Running backs Trey Watts, Ja'Terian Douglas and Alex Singleton helped TU average 240.2 rushing yards per game this season.

The Golden Hurricane won seven straight games after a 38-23 season-opening loss to Iowa State and rebounded from a disappointing 35-27 loss at SMU, which finished 6-6, before winning the C-USA title game.

WR Quincy Enunwa picks Cornhuskers

October, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are some recruiting nuggets provided by Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., about some Big 12-related prospects.

WR Quincy Enunwa
  • Moreno Valley, Calif.
  • Rancho Verde H.S.
  • Scouts Grade: 40
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa of Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) has committed to Nebraska.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect chose the Huskers over an offer from Washington State. He visited Lincoln officially for the game against Texas Tech two weeks ago.

Nebraska now has 11 pledges for the Class of 2010.

DT Cassius Marsh
  • Westlake Village, Calif.
  • Oaks Christian H.S.
  • Scouts Grade: 78
  • Position Rank: 34
Highly-recruited three-star prospect Cassius Marsh (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) has committed to sign as part of LSU's Class of 2010, ESPN affiliate Web site EyeOnTheTigers.com reports.

Marsh spoke with ESPN's Greg Biggins about his decision: "In the end, I had to do what I felt was best for me and that turned out to be LSU. I'm very excited about getting out there and being part of the Tiger program."

RB Ja'Terian Douglas
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Lamar H.S.
  • Scouts Grade: 77
  • Position Rank: 42
Running back Ja'Terian Douglas, who gained 2036 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior for Lamar (Arlington, Texas), has committed to the Golden Hurricane.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound standout picked Tulsa over Oklahoma State. Among others were Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, UTEP and Louisiana Tech.

OLB Derek Earls
  • Waconia, Minn.
Derek Earls of North Dakota State College of Science has made a Class of 2010 decision to play for Arizona.

Originally from Waconia, Minn., he was also offered by Oklahoma State, Kansas, Iowa State, Illinois and Colorado.

CB Mike Harris
  • Miami, Fla.
  • El Camino College (CA)
El Camino College, Calif., defensive prospect Mike Harris visited Alabama for the Tennessee game, but is holding up giving the Tide a Class of 2010 commitment.

Harris told ESPN affiliate Web site CrimsonConfidential.com: "My plan is to finish up my classes in good standing, and sign with Alabama in December, and it's up to me to get the job done. I want nothing more than to be a part of this class, and help Alabama win National Championships, but I have to take care of business first."

S Myan Tave
  • Carson, Calif.
  • Carson H.S.
  • Scouts Grade: 40
Myan Tave (Carson, Calif.) has not received his first written scholarship offer but updated ESPN affiliate Web site DuckTerritory.com on the current status of his recruitment.

RB Ka'Deem Carey
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Canyon Del Oro H.S.
  • Scouts Grade: 40
Class of 2011 running back Ka'Deem Carey (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) spoke with ESPN affiliate Web site DuckTerritory.com about the early stages of his recruitment.

"I got an offer from Arizona State a few days ago. ASU is my only offer but I get a good amount of mail from the Pac-10 and then schools like Colorado, Colorado State, Oklahoma, those type of schools."

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