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Jan. 7, 2009

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GMAC Bowl
Tulsa vs. Ball State

Tulsa Team Notes

  • Tulsa's 11 wins in 2008 is the most in school history. TU had six 10-win seasons prior to this one.
  • The victory over #22 Ball State is Tulsa's first over a ranked team since it defeated #24 UTEP on Nov. 27, 2004.
  • Senior RB Tarrion Adams was named GMAC Bowl Game Most Valuable Player, senior DB Roy Roberts was named Defensive MVP, senior QB David Johnson was named Offensive MVP, and senior PK Jarod Tracy was named Special Teams MVP.
  • Tulsa's 45-13 win over Ball State in the GMAC Bowl is the school's second consecutive victory in the bowl game. TU beat Bowling Green 63-7 in the 2008 game.
  • Tulsa's game captains were the senior class, represented by Tarrion Adams, Roy Roberts, David Johnson and Brennan Marion.
  • Tulsa scored on its first possession of the game for the eighth time this season with a 30-yard touchdown strike from David Johnson to Damaris Johnson with 11:36 left in the first quarter.
  • The Golden Hurricane defense forced fumbles on each of Ball State's first two possessions. The first was forced by Tanner Antle and recovered by Moton Hopkins. The second was forced by freshman LB Curnelius Arnick and recovered by junior linebacker Mike Bryan.
  • Tulsa recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass, the fifth game this season in which the defense forced multiple turnovers and the fourth in which TU forced three or more turnovers.
  • A blocked punt in the second quarter by Ball State marked the first time this season Tulsa has had a punt blocked by the opposition.
  • Tulsa has scored more than 30 points in 12 games this season, and eclipsed 40 points nine times.
  • The Golden Hurricane scored 661 points in the 2008 season, a school record, which passes the 1919 squad's 621 points scored.
  • The TU defense held Ball State without a first down, to zero completed passes and to 17 total yards in the second half.

Tulsa Individual Notes

  • Senior DE Moton Hopkins has started 37 consecutive games and has made 42 career starts playing in all 54 games since coming to Tulsa.
  • In their final collegiate game, the following seniors have now started more than 20 games in their careers: Offense -- OT Rod Thomas (28); Defense -- DE Moton Hopkins (42), NG Terrel Nemons (30), Roy Roberts (44).
  • Sophomore LB Tanner Antle recorded his first forced fumble of the season on the first drive of the game, while redshirt freshman Curnelius Arnick forced his first career fumble on Ball State's second drive of the game.
  • Senior PK Jarod Tracy broke the Tulsa career scoring record with a made extra point attempt with 10:39 remaining in the second quarter. Tracy made one field goal and six PAT's in the contest, and has now scored 286 career points at TU. Tracy's total surpassed the previous record of 282 held by Jason Staurovsky (1981-85).
  • With a 14-yard run in the third quarter, senior RB Tarrion Adams became Tulsa's career rushing leader with 3,651 yards.
  • Adams rushed for 207 yards in the game, the second time he ran for more than 200 yards. It is also the fourth consecutive game he has rushed for 100+ yards, eighth time this season and 15th overall of his career. His eight games of more than 100 rushing yards is the most in a single season since Chris Hughley completed the same feat in 1991.
  • With three rushing touchdowns, Adams tied the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 32, also held by Michael Gunter (1980-83).
  • Adams set the school record for rushing yards in a single season with 1,523, and he did so in 247 attempts.
  • Tarrion Adams completes his career at Tulsa with 3,651 rushing yards on 623 carries and 32 touchdowns.
  • With 135 receiving yards, freshman WR Damaris Johnson posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and first since the New Mexico game in the third game of the season.

Bowl Notes

  • Tulsa played in its fourth straight bowl game and 16th overall. The Golden Hurricane now holds a 7-9 record in bowl games.
  • This is the second consecutive year TU has traveled to Mobile, Ala., to play in the GMAC bowl. The Hurricane defeated Bowling Green last season 63-7, setting the NCAA record for largest margin of victory.
  • The Golden Hurricane's 632 total yards set a school record for total yards in a bowl game, passing last season's 562 set against Bowling Green in the 2008 GMAC Bowl.
  • Tulsa's 45 points are the second most points scored in a bowl game in school history.
  • Damaris Johnson's 135 receiving yards set a school record for receiving yards in a bowl game, surpassing Ashlan Davis' 128 yards against Fresno State in the 2005 Liberty Bowl.
  • Tulsa set the school record for rushing in a bowl game with 439 yards in the contest, smashing the previous record of 256 set against San Diego State in the 1991 Freedom Bowl.
  • TU's 64 rushing attempts is a school record for a bowl game, surpassing the 58 rushing attempts against San Diego State in the 1991 Freedom Bowl.
  • Tulsa's 90 total offensive plays sets a school bowl game record, passing the 86 plays set in last season's GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green.
  • Tarrion Adams' 10.9 yards per carry average (19 rushes for 207 yards) broke his own school record of 9.3 yards per carry (11 for 103) set against Fresno State in the 2005 Liberty Bowl.
  • Sophomore WR Trae Johnson tied a Tulsa bowl record for punt returns with three, tying Chris Penn's three punt returns set versus San Diego State in the 1991 Freedom Bowl. Johnson returned three punts for 13 yards in the contest.
  • TU held Ball State to 13 points, the fourth fewest points in a bowl game in school history. BSU's 78 rushing yards is the third fewest rushing yards allowed and the 223 total yards is the fifth fewest allowed by Tulsa in a bowl game in school history.
  • Conference USA teams went 4-2 in bowl games this season, and the four bowl wins is the most in C-USA history.