American Football Database
2009 GMAC Bowl
Bowl Game
GMAC Bowl logo.
1 2 3 4 Total
Ball State University 7 6 0 0 13
University of Tulsa 10 14 7 14 45
Date January 6, 2009
Season 2008
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
MVP RB Tarrion Adams, Tulsa
Attendance 32,816
Payout US$750,000 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Andre Ware
Nielsen ratings 1.7
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The 2009 GMAC Bowl was the tenth anniversary edition of the American college football bowl game, and part of the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season the contest was played on January 6, 2009 at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama and featured the Tulsa Golden Hurricane playing the Ball State Cardinals. For the second consecutive year, the Golden Hurricane won the contest. The game, which was played in a second half driving rainstorm, was won easily by Tulsa 45-13. One year earlier, Tulsa throttled Bowling Green in this contest, 63-7, and have now outscored the MAC opposition, 108-20.

In chronological order, the GMAC Bowl is the final bowl game outside of the Bowl Championship Series and the next-to-last (33rd out of 34) overall.

To date, this is the last matchup between the MAC and Conference USA in this bowl; the organizers signed a contract with the Sun Belt Conference following the season.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Tulsa - Damaris Johnson 30 yard TD pass from David Johnson (Jarod Tracy kick), 11:36 Tulsa 7-0
Ball State - Nate Davis 17 yard TD run (Ian McGarvey kick), 4:24 Tie 7-7
Tulsa - Tracy 31 yard FG, 2:04 Tulsa 10-7
2nd Quarter
Tulsa - Tarrion Adams 1 yard TD run (Tracy kick), 10:39 Tulsa 17-7
Ball State - McGarvey 40 yard FG, 6:36 Tulsa 17-10
Tulsa - Adams 56 yard TD run (Tracy kick), 4:50 Tulsa 24-10
Ball State - McGarvey 22 yard FG, :29 Tulsa 24-13
3rd Quarter
Tulsa - Slick Shelley 15 yard TD pass from David Johnson (Tracy kick), 12:12 Tulsa 31-13
4th Quarter
Tulsa - Adams 11 yard TD run (Tracy kick), 13:40 Tulsa 38-13
Tulsa - Jacob Frank 12 yard TD pass from David Johnson (Tracy kick), 10:40 Tulsa 45-13