The AF Bowl gave Justin McMillan a storybook finish for his college football career. He won two state championships for a nearby school. Also, he was the starting quarterback for Tulane for two years after his transfer from LSU. He threw three TD passes in the third period to orchestrate a come from behind win with the final score 30-13.
The Tulane quarterback treated the Armed Forces Bowl as a home game. He lives near Amon G. Carter Stadium and his high school was in the vicinity. Also, he felt good to play in the Armed Forces Bowl because both his parents were part of the military.
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Tulane is on a two-year streak of achieving bowl wins. Southern Mississippi got a 13-point lead before halftime. However, things went from bad to worse for the Golden Eagles. First, their quarterback, Jack Abraham, took a bad hit before the first half ended. He didn’t return to the game.
Also, Southern Mississippi RB De’Michael Harris injured his hamstring in the first half. With two key players out of the game, the Golden Eagles collapsed in the second half. Tulane evened the score at the start of the second half. McMillan threw a touchdown pass to Jalen McCleskey. On the other hand, Southern Mississippi made some mental errors.
According to sportsbook pay per head archives, McMillan went 9 out of 10 in the second half for a total of 193 yards. It is an excellent finish for the season for the Green Wave after losing the previous three games of the regular season. Aside from winning the AF Bowl trophy, Tulane also won the Battle for the Bell.
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