In Sunday night’s GMAC Bowl, the last bowl game before the BCS Championship, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane was poised to make history. Tulsa had a chance become the first team in NCAA history to have a 5,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000-yard receivers. Paul Smith needed to throw for 247 yards and Charles Clay was 45 receiving yards short going into the game against the Bowling Green Falcons. The game turned out to be a rout, and for poor Bowling Green, Tulsa’s pursuit of the record books made it worse.
With 7:30 left in the 4th quarter, already holding a 56-7 lead, Smith passed to Clay for 9 yards to put Clay over the 1,000-yard mark. Smith at that point had 274 yards, so history was made. Finally it’s time to remove the starting quarterback and run out the clock, right?
Well, no. Smith also came into the game having thrown for 300 yards in 13 straight games, a record he shared with Ty Detmer. Obviously this is a really important record to have all to yourself, so Smith threw passes on 3 of the next 7 plays of the drive, completing two and reaching 306 yards passing. Huzzah! Now it’s time to call off the dogs, right? There’s under 4 minutes left, a 49-point lead is insurmountable, it’s not really necessary to do anything but run. Right? Right?
Well, no. Smith threw one more pass for a 6-yard touchdown. The 63-7 final score made it the most lopsided bowl game ever, breaking the previous largest victory margin set by Alabama in its 61-6 rout of Syracuse in the 1953 Orange Bowl. Congratulations to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on such tremendous, meaningful, important accomplishments and for being paragons of class and sportsmanship! I say that with absolutely no sarcasm whatsoever. Right? Right?
Well, no. And by the way, I’ve heard of “golden showers” but a Golden Hurricane? Absurd! -- Joe Guckin