Ball State's Parrish debuts against high-powered Tulsa in GMAC

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Ball State coach Stan Parrish will be looking for his first head coaching win since replacing Brady Hoke when the Cardinals face Tulsa tonight in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Parrish took a crash course in Tulsa's offense this spring looking for new ways to use star receiver Dante Love.

Now, Parrish has taken over following Hoke's departure for San Diego State, and Love sustained a career-ending spinal cord injury in September.

So the teams' first meeting shapes up as a showdown between Ball State's secondary against Golden Hurricane quarterback David Johnson, who's passed for 3,866 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Tulsa is 10-3 and the Cardinals are 12-1.

Tulsa can reach a school-record 11 wins while Ball State has already won more games than any other team in school history.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. ESPN has the telecast.

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