Tulane at Louisiana Tech

Montana leads Tulane over Louisiana Tech 24-15


RUSTON, La. (AP) Nick Montana threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns to help Tulane rally for a 24-15 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.

The Green Wave (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) trailed 9-7 at halftime before Lorenzo Doss made an interception to set up a 51-yard field goal by Cairo Santos.

Montana helped Tulane put the game out of reach late in the third quarter, leading a 94-yard, 11-play drive culminating with a 38-yard scoring pass to Xavier Rush. Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, finished 20-for-36 passing.

Orleans Darkwa added a one-yard touchdown run with 6:03 left in the game to make it 24-9 after Louisiana Tech (1-2, 0-1) turned the ball over inside its own 20. Rob Kelley rushed for 87 yards and Darkwa ran for 68 for Tulane.

Ryan Higgins threw a late scoring pass and Kyle Fischer kicked three field goals for the Bulldogs.

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Scoring Summary
LATECHKyle Fischer 25 yd FG
LATECHKyle Fischer 27 yd FG
TULANERyan Grant 24 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
LATECHKyle Fischer 37 yd FG
TULANECairo Santos 51 yd FG
TULANEXavier Rush 38 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 2 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
LATECHTrent Taylor 8 yd pass from Ryan Higgins (failed 2pt pass)
Team Stats
First Downs1714
Third Down Efficiency9-224-18
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-0
Plays-Net Yards80-36475-289
Passing Yds235165
Kick Return Yds180
Punt Return Yds1321
Time of Poss.35:2124:39
Individual Stats
TULANE: Rob Kelley 9-87, Orleans Darkwa 20-68, Josh Rounds 3-9, Dante Butler 2-4, Nick Montana 7--18, Team 3--21
LATECH: Tevin King 14-88, Blake Martin 3-19, Ryan Higgins 9-13, Scotty Young 1-9, Kenneth Dixon 4--5
TULANE: Nick Montana 20-36-235-1
LATECH: Scotty Young 9-28-108-0, Ryan Higgins 7-16-57-1
TULANE: Ryan Grant 7-79, Rob Kelley 3-23, Sydie London 3-18, Kedrick Banks 2-15, Xavier Rush 1-38, Lazedrick Thompson 1-31, Orleans Darkwa 1-16, Matt Marfisi 1-12, Dante Butler 1-3
LATECH: Richie Casey 4-36, Tevin King 3-40, Sterling Griffin 3-26, Trent Taylor 2-16, Blake Martin 2-15, Jon Greenwalt 1-30, Andrew Guillot 1-2
Tulane6th American Athletic West1-74-8
Louisiana Tech1st Conference USA West6-29-5

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