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Tulane’s Final Game In Superdome Ends In Heartbreak

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Tulane and quarterback Nick Montana hoped to celebrate an improbable bowl win on its home field after a turnaround season, but instead Montana got benched and the team lost to Louisiana-Lafayette. Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images.
Tulane and quarterback Nick Montana hoped to celebrate an improbable bowl win on its home field after a turnaround season, but instead Montana got benched and the team lost to Louisiana-Lafayette. Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images.

The saying goes, "all good things must come to an end," but no one says has to be a happy ending.

Saturday was supposed to be a celebration for the Tulane Green Wave. The team got a bowl game on their home field, the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Joe Montana, who won a Super Bowl there, was in attendance to see his son Nick play. It was meant to be, right?

But see, no one told Louisiana-Lafayette to roll over and take a loss. The Ragin’ Cajuns came out on fire, jumping out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, as quarterback Terrance Broadway played despite breaking his throwing arm late in November. (All reports leading up to the game sounded pessimistic.) And Montana? Tulane pulled him in the second quarter after an awful pick-six led to a 21-0 lead for Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Green Wave surged late in the second quarter and got within 21-14 at halftime. Despite being held to 3-for-12 on third downs, Tulane still had a chance to send the game into overtime late in the final quarter.

Tulane gave up a sack, lengthening the potential game-tying field goal by five yards, but the reliable, dependable, clutch former Lou Groza Award winner Cairo Santos was sure to nail a 48-yard try. The snap was good, great hold ... but the kick was wide left. Game over. Season over.

No bowl victory for the Green Wave. It was a sad way to end a great ride. Instead, Louisiana-Lafayette celebrated its third straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl victory and they were dancing in the dome.

Next year, Tulane’s football team will move on campus to Yulman Stadium where they will look to start history on a good note.