by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
December 22, 2013
Louisiana-Lafayette opened a 21-0 first-half lead, then weathered a Tulane comeback to hold on for a 24-21 win in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday (December 21).
The opening day of the 2013 bowl season ended with a pair of Louisiana schools going at it in the New Orleans Superdome with Tulane playing in its hometown and home stadium. Louisiana-Lafayette brought a strong contingent of fans from its home town, just 135 west of the Crescent City. In all, the game drew a New Orleans Bowl record crowd of just under 55,000 actual attendees.
The Ragin' Cajuns were making their third straight appearance in the New Orleans Bowl, the only bowl the school has ever played in, and looking for their straight bowl win. Tulane was making its first bowl appearance since the 2002 Hawaii Bowl.
UL-Lafayette led 21-0 after the first 17:29, only to see the Green Wave rally and tie the score at 21-all with 2:34 to go in the 3rd quarter. The Cajuns went back on top 24-21 on a 27-yard field goal with 9:56 left in the game, then breathed a huge sigh of relief when Tulane's game-tying attempt from 48 yards away stayed just left of the uprights with 13 seconds remaining in the game.
Tulane dropped to 4-7 in bowl games with the loss and finished its season at 7-6.
Louisiana-Lafayette finished 9-4 for the third year in-a-row.
The Congrove Computer Rankings had given Louisiana-Lafayette a 3.66-point edge.