Tulane offense sputters, Wave falls to Rice

Tulane’s sputtering offense cost the Wave dearly Saturday at Rice.

The Wave was held to 123 yards of total offense as Rice held off the Green Wave 17-13 before 20,048 at Rice Stadium. Rice won the Conference USA West Division Championship.

Tulane’s only touchdown was a 13 yard third quarter pass from Nick Montana to Devon Breaux. The Wave drove 27 yards after a Charles Ross fumble.

Tulane’s offense ineptitude spoiled a big day for the defense. The Wave had 13 stops behind the line, 7 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

“I thought they were sensational,” said head coach Curtis Johnson of his defense.

Rice took a 17-3 halftime lead and held on. A 16 yard run by Jowan Davis in the second quarter gave the Owls 14-3 lead.

Tulane is expected to earn a bid to the New Orleans Bowl, December 21st at the Superdome. If so, the Wave will play UL-Lafayette. The Cajuns accepted a third straight bid to the New Orleans Bowl, despite losing to UL-Monroe Saturday.

Tulane finishes the season 7-5. The Wave will play in its first bowl since the 2002 Hawaii Bowl.