Fans Melt Down Over Controversial Call in Cotton Bowl
The feeling of winning a major bowl game in 88 years is one that can trigger an emotional release.
Appropriately,Tulane’sSurprising 46-45 upsetUSCThe significant Green Wave fan contingent that traveled nearly 500 miles from New Orleans to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl had a cathartic reaction to the performance.
With nine seconds remaining, Tulane had clinched victory. Quarterback Michael Pratt found tight end Alex Bauman and scored a touchdown that was originally ruled incomplete but was reaffirmed after review. Kicker Valentino Ambrosio scored the extra point that secured the Green Wave’s first major bowl victory since the 1935 Sugar Bowl.Temple20-14.
Trojans fans responded with similar agony. After a 47-24 loss against USC, USC had an 11-1 regular season.UtahIn the Pac-12 championship match.
After kicker Denis Lynch’s 43-yard field goal with just under two minutes to play, the Trojans led Green Wave 45-30. Tulane won its 12th consecutive win, however, scoring 16 points in succession after a 2-10 season.
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