Texas-El Paso at Tulane

Montana leads Tulane to 45-3 win over UTEP


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Nick Montana threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulane to a 45-3 win over University of Texas at El Paso Saturday.

This was the final game for Tulane at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which had been home to Green Wave football since 1975.

Tulane (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) now has the most wins in a season since finishing 8-5 in the 2002 season.

Tulane took an early lead as Orleans Darkwa, who had 137 yards rushing for the day, ran in from the 20 for the score.

The Green Wave stretched that to 28-0 in the second quarter. UTEP (2-9, 1-6) scored on a Jay Mattox 32-yard field goal. Less than a minute later Montana hit Mark Edwards on a 4-yard scoring strike as Tulane took a 35-3 lead into the half.

Tulane's Ryan Grant pulled in eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

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Scoring Summary
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 20 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANERyan Grant 7 yd pass from Devin Powell (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANERob Kelley 17 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANERob Kelley 8 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
UTEPJay Mattox 32 yd FG
TULANEMarc Edwards 4 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANECairo Santos 39 yd FG
TULANERyan Grant 10 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1326
Third Down Efficiency8-1710-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards60-23268-482
Passing Yds183205
Kick Return Yds2228
Punt Return Yds026
Time of Poss.29:730:53
Individual Stats
UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 14-47, Autrey Golden 6-13, Josh Bell 1-2, Jordan Leslie 1-2, Blaire Sullivan 5--5, Mack Leftwich 6--10
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 17-137, Josh Rounds 16-76, Dante Butler 1-54, Rob Kelley 6-15, Nick Montana 1-0, Team 1--2, Jordy Joseph 1--3
UTEP: Mack Leftwich 13-24-128-1, Garrett Simpson 3-3-55-0
TULANE: Nick Montana 12-19-171-0, Devin Powell 4-6-34-0
UTEP: Eric Tomlinson 4-71, Jordan Leslie 4-0, Devin Patterson 3-47, Autrey Golden 2-38, Katrae Ford 2-22, Ian Hamilton 1-5
TULANE: Ryan Grant 8-104, Rob Kelley 3-54, Josh Rounds 2-16, Dante Butler 1-21, Justyn Shackleford 1-6, Marc Edwards 1-4
Texas-El Paso2nd Conference USA West5-37-6
Tulane8th American Athletic 2-63-9

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