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Trae Johnson catches a pass in the C-USA Championship Game.
Trae Johnson catches a pass in the C-USA Championship Game.
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Jan. 1, 2009

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa will be playing in its fourth straight bowl game as the Hurricane will be making a return trip to the GMAC Bowl to face the Ball State Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference. The two teams arrive in Mobile on Friday afternoon.

The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 6 at 7:00 pm (CT).

It's the second straight year that Tulsa will be playing in the GMAC Bowl. Last year the Hurricane set an NCAA Bowl Game record with its 56-point margin of victory against Bowling Green in a 63-7 victory at the GMAC Bowl in front of 36,962 fans.

This season's opponent, Ball State, comes into the contest ranked 22nd in the nation and has posted an overall 12-1 record. Both the Cardinals and Hurricane suffered losses in their Conference Championship Games, BSU losing to Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game and Tulsa falling to East Carolina in the C-USA title game.

Both teams have potent offenses featuring solid run and pass games. The Hurricane is led by running back Tarrion Adams and quarterback David Johnson. Ball State junior quarterback Nate Davis has completed 3,446 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season, while Tulsa's Johnson has thrown for 3,866 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Tulsa's Adams, with 1,316 yards on the season, will enter the GMAC Bowl needing 93 yards to become the school's career rushing leader, while Ball State's MiQuale Lewis has been one of the nation's top rushers this year gaining 1,701 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

The game will be televised on ESPN on Tuesday night.