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Tulsa was passing before it was cool

Forget the West Coast offense, the run-and-shoot, the Fun 'n Gun. It was Tulsa -- yes, Tulsa -- that revolutionized the passing game.

Updated: August 12, 2005, 3:23 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

If you want to locate the Big Bang of the passing game in college football, the time and place in which the aerial movement all began, you must go back more than 40 years to an obscure school in the Southwest.

Before BYU, before Bill Walsh and the West Coast offense, before the run-and-shoot, there was Tulsa.

"If you talk about the school that revolutionized the passing game," said former Golden Hurricane quarterback Jerry Rhome, "it's Tulsa."

It was Tulsa that first got serious ...

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