Call it a bad game and great victory for Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs used big plays to make up for an uneven overall effort to take a 35-18 victory over Illinois at the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Louisiana Tech finished the season 9-5 overall, while the Fighting Illini dropped to 6-7.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.
In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.
“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”
The Tulane University football program has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past two years, spurred by the hiring of former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, the rapid construction of a new on-campus football stadium, and a commitment from a university administration involved in the intricacies of college football management on a national level.