Fans Melt Down Over Controversial Call in Cotton Bowl

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Winning an important bowl game for the first-time in 88 year tends to bring about an emotional release.

Appropriately, Tulane’s shocking 46-45 upset of USC in the Cotton Bowl was met with a cathartic reaction from the significant contingent of Green Wave fans who made the nearly 500-mile trip from New Orleans to Dallas. Tulane won the game with nine seconds remaining. Quarterback Michael Pratt found tight end Alex Bauman and scored a touchdown. The initial ruling had been ruled incomplete, but it was reaffirmed after review. Kicker Valentino Ambrosio booted the go-ahead extra point to secure the Green Wave’s first major bowl win since the 1935 Sugar Bowl, in which Tulane defeated Temple 20-14. While this was happening, Trojans fans responded with similar agony. USC, which reeled off an 11-1 regular season, lost its second straight game following a 47-24 dud against Utah in the Pac-12 championship game.

The Trojans led the Green Wave 45-30 after kicker Denis Lynch hit a 43-yard field goal with 4: 30 to play. Tulane scored 16 consecutive points, however, to capture its 12th win a year removed from a 2-10 season.

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