NCAA Game Summary - Tulane vs. Louisiana|
(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: Louisiana 24, Tulane 21
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hunter Stover kicked a 27-yard field
goal with 9:56 left in the fourth quarter, and Louisiana edged Tulane, 24-21,
to win the New Orleans Bowl for a third consecutive year.
Sean Thomas picked off Devin Powell deep in Tulane territory and that led to
Stover's first collegiate field goal.
The Green Wave then elected to punt at the Louisiana 39, and the Ragin' Cajuns
ran out most of the remaining time. Tulane, though, had one more shot, and on
third down near its own end zone, Powell scrambled out of trouble and
completed a 34-yard pass to Justyn Shackleford.
Tulane got into field goal position for Cairo Santos, but his 48-yard try was
barely wide left with nine seconds left.
"Cairo's made those before, it just didn't fall for him this time," Tulane
coach Curtis Johnson said.
It was Tulane's final home game at the Superdome, as the Green Wave will move
into a campus, 30,000-seat Yulman Stadium next year.
Elijah McGuire rushed for 45 yards and a TD and caught seven passes for 94
yards for the Ragin' Cajuns (9-4). Terrance Broadway, who returned to action
after suffering a broken arm on Nov. 30, completed 12-of-19 passes for 143
yards with a pair of interceptions. Alonzo Harris rushed 13 times for 74 yards
and a TD.
Thomas had two interceptions in the win.
"We preached turnovers," Thomas said. "Going into the game, we knew we had to
help our offense out a lot."
Powell replaced an ineffective Nick Montana and completed 10-of-21 throws for
223 yards. Montana was 5-of-8 for 63 yards, but the Green Wave (7-6) threw
three interceptions. Orleans Darkwa had three TD runs and 83 yards on the
ground. Ryan Grant caught seven balls for 113 yards.
The Green Wave received inspiration from former safety Devon Walker, who
suffered a career-ending spinal injury in a game against Tulsa Sept. 8, 2012.
Walker, powered by a wheelchair, was on the field at the game and appeared
distraught when Tulane cornerback Jordan Sullen lay on the field after being
hurt with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
Sullen suffered a blow to the head when he was contacted by the feet of
Louisiana McGuire. Sullen was taken off the field on a stretcher and brought
to a local hospital.
McGuire scored on a 27-yard run to cap Louisiana's first offensive series.
McGuire was being tackled by three defenders as his back hit the pylon along
the right side of the end zone. The TD was awarded after a video review.
Thomas picked off Grant later in the first quarter, and that led to Harris'
15-yard TD run.
It became 21-0 early in the second when Corey Trim picked off Montana and
rumbled 82 yards to the end zone.
Tulane finally cracked the scoreboard with 3:55 left before halftime when
Darkwa plunged into the end zone from a yard out. Powell connected with Devon
Breaux for 41 yards on a 4th-and-2 play to move the ball to the 11, and Darkwa
scored three plays later.
Sullen picked off Broadway on the next possession. Powell then found Grant for
a 49-yard gain, After a pass interference penalty, Darkwa scored on a 7-yard
run with 1:58 left in the half for a 21-14 margin.
Broadway threw an ill-advised pass that was picked off by Derrick Strozier
late in the third quarter. That led to Darkwa's 22-yard TD rush and a tie game
with 2:34 left in the period.
"It was uncharacteristic of us," Johnson said. "Then all of a sudden we
settled down and for three quarters of the game, from the second quarter on,
we played pretty well."
Jalen Nixon replaced Broadway in the fourth quarter after Broadway developed
leg cramps ... The Superdome served as the home field for the Green Wave
since 1975 ... The Ragin' Cajuns did not run one offensive play in Tulane
territory in the second and third quarters ... Tulane made its first
appearance in the New Orleans Bowl and was in its first bowl game since 2002
when the Wave downed Hawaii in the inaugural Hawaii Bowl ... Louisiana moved
to 5-1 in bowl games, while the Green Wave fell to 4-7.
12/22 03:11:24 ET