MOBILE, Ala. | Tulsa raced through the rain to another GMAC Bowl win and a few more records, too.
Tarrion Adams rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-13 victory over No. 23 Ball State on a soggy Tuesday night. The Golden Hurricane (11-3) finished with a school-record 11 victories.
Adams passed Michael Gunter to become Tulsa’s career rushing leader. Tulsa had 439 yards rushing and 632 overall - hardly slowing down a bit by rain that first formed puddles and then covered nearly the entire field during a second-half deluge.
David Johnson passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, most of that to freshman Damaris Johnson. Tulsa kicker Jarod Tracy became the school’s career scoring leader.
Tulsa’s 63-7 win over Bowling Green in last year’s GMAC was the most lopsided bowl game in NCAA history. This was another runaway thanks to the nation’s No. 2 offense and a opportunistic defense.
Ball State (12-2) fell to 0-5 in bowl games after recording a school-record 12 wins.
Damaris Johnson supplied many of the big plays for Tulsa’s no-huddle offense and had 274 all-purpose yards. He had 135 yards receiving, 76 yards rushing - including a tackle-breaking 62-yarder in the fourth quarter - and returned three kicks for 63 yards.
Adams needed just 19 carries, though one was a season-long 56-yard touchdown scamper. Three of his teammates ran for at least 58 yards as well.
The Cardinals had been giving up just 142 yards a game on the ground and 348 total.
It was a rough debut for Ball State coach Stan Parrish, a 62-year-old promoted from offensive coordinator Dec. 18 after Brady Hoke left to take over the San Diego State program.
Most of the second half was played in a driving rain, making a comeback attempt by quarterback Nate Davis and Ball State even more difficult.
It might have been the final college game for Davis, who has indicated he was considering skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. He was 9-for-29 passing for 145 yards and lost two fumbles and an interception in the first half.