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December 23, 2006
Armed Forces Bowl: Utah vs. Tulsa
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The old adage 'All's well that ends well' might be on the minds of players from Tulsa and Utah. The teams are aiming to end good - but somewhat disappointing - seasons on a positive note.
Tulsa appeared on its way to defending its Conference USA championship until consecutive losses to Houston, Rice and SMU in November. The Golden Hurricane ended up finishing in third place in the C-USA West Division. Tulsa was minus-six in turnovers during that losing streak.
In contrast, Utah was closing the season with a three-game winning streak. The Utes appeared to be on the verge of making it four in a row when quarterback Brett Ratliff threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brent Casteel with 1:19 remaining in the regular season finale against rival BYU.
But the Cougars came back and scored a touchdown on the game's final play, leaving the Utes stunned and disappointed.
At least some of that disappointment could be eased with a bowl game triumph.