Tulane (6-6) vs. Louisiana Lafayette
Tulane and Louisiana Lafayette's football teams are going to Disney World. On Sunday afternoon, the Green Wave and Ragin' Cajuns accepted bids to play in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Camping World Stadium. Starting time is 12:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by CBS.
Tulane (6-6, 5-3 American Athletic Conference) has won four of its last give games, including a 29-28 nailbiter over Navy in the regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 24. By virtue of the strong finish, the Green Wave earned a three-way share of the American Athletic Conference West Division championship with Memphis and Houston.
Tulane is making only its 12th bowl appearance in its 125-year football history, and its first since a 24-21 loss to the Ragin' Cajuns in the 2013 R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Quarterback Justin McMillan has been the catalyst for the turn-around, directing the Green Wave to a 4-1 record since assuming the starting role. A graduate transfer from LSU, McMillan has completed 68-of-136 passes for 1,159 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
Other offensive leaders for the Green Wave include junior running back Darius Bradwell (166 carries, 984 yards, 9 TDs) and junior wide receiver Darnell Moody (47 receptions, 987 yards, 8 TDs).
Tulane's key defenders are sophomore defensive end Patrick Johnson (46 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks) and senior linebacker Zackary Harris (87 tackles, 10.5 TFL).
Louisiana Lafayette (7-6, 5-3) clinched the Sun Belt West Division title with a 31-28 over Louisiana Monroe in the regular season finale before falling to Appalachian State 30-19 in Saturday's inaugural Sun Belt Conference championship game.
Sophomores Trey Ragas (197 carries, 1,141 yards, 8 TDs) and Elijah Mitchell (140-959-12) and junior Raymond Calias (78-713-6) spearhead the Ragin' Cajuns prolific rushing attack.
Senior Andre Nunez is only the second quarterback in school history to pass for over 2,000 yards in a single season. He has completed 174-of-270 attempts for 2,136 yards with 19 TDs and 12 picks.
Junior wide receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley has caught 38 passes for 557 yards and a Sun Belt-best 10 touchdowns.
Junior linebacker Jacques Boudreaux is the Ragin' Cajuns top tackler with 87 stops, 4.5 TFL and two sacks.