MWC Defensive Player of the Year Eric Weddle will lead Utah against Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Dec. 7, 2006
> Utah (7-5, 5-3 MWC) will play Tulsa (8-4, 5-3 Conference USA) in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas, Dec. 23. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. CST in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is Utah's fourth straight bowl appearance and the third straight for Tulsa. Utah finished in a tie for third in the Mountain West Conference (5-3). Tulsa placed third in the C-USA West Division (5-3).
> Utah's bowl record is 8-4 and the Utes are 5-0 in bowl games since 1999. Utah's current bowl win streak follows: 1999 Las Vegas Bowl (defeated Fresno State 17-16), 2001 Las Vegas Bowl (defeated USC 10-6), 2003 Liberty Bowl (defeated Southern Mississippi 17-0), 2005 Fiesta Bowl (defeated Pittsburgh 35-7), 2005 Emerald Bowl (defeated Georgia Tech 38-10). The Fiesta Bowl appearance marked the first BCS bowl ever for a team from a non-BCS conference, and concluded a 12-0 season for the 2004 Utes.
> Utah senior defensive back Eric Weddle became Utah's first defensive first-team All-American since 1994, when he was named to the 2006 AFCA All-America team on Nov. 30. The American Football Coaches Association team is selected by the nation's coaches and has been in existence since 1945. Weddle was also honored as an All-American by rivals.com, which chose him for the "utility" player on its defensive team. More information on Weddle can be found later in this release.
> Utah is 1-2 all-time against Tulsa (complete series information can be found on page two). In the 1996 and 1997 football seasons, the two schools competed as members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah and seven other former WAC schools split off and formed the Mountain West Conference after the 1997-98 athletic season. Tulsa's final year in the WAC was 2004-05.