The Tulane Green Wave will play at least one more football game at the Superdome before moving to the new Yulman Stadium on the school's Uptown campus next fall.
Today the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl announced it has invited the Wave (7-5) to take on the ULL Ragin' Cajuns (8-3) in the December 21 matchup. Both schools have accepted the invitation.
Here is the news release:
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Officials today invited the Tulane Green Wave to represent Conference USA against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns at the 2013 New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Executive Director for the bowl, Billy Ferrante, voiced his excitement for having the Green Wave in the game for the first time. “We're looking forward to having Tulane in this year's matchup. It's very exciting for us to have a team located right in our own backyard, and we couldn't be more pleased to share this bowl experience with their team, coaches and fans. Having two Louisiana teams playing in the Dome for the first time will undoubtedly let the good times bowl.”
Tulane finished their season 7-5, and will make their first bowl appearance since the 2002 ConAgra Hawai'i Bowl. Entering his first bowl experience as the Green Wave's head coach, Curtis Johnson was excited to accept the invitation on behalf of his team. “Playing in our first bowl game in over a decade, and having it in our hometown is an ideal situation for our team. We have worked extremely hard to get here and we're excited that our fans will get the opportunity to experience the highlight of our season.”
The Green Wave's dynamic defense has only allowed 21.2 points per game, which is 22nd overall in the NCAA and a huge improvement over last year's average of 38.4 points per game. Sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss is tied for second in the NCAA in interceptions with seven this season, and Tulane is tied for seventh in team interceptions with 16. The Green Wave leads college football in interception yards with 362.
This will be the Green Wave's first appearance in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. They join former Conference USA representatives East Carolina, Southern Miss, Rice and Memphis.
The 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be played on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. (CST) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio.