No. 23 Tulane Meets Virginia Tech For The 1St Time Since 1989 In The Military Bowl

Tulane running back Makhi Hughes (21) carries ahead of UTSA cornerback Nicktroy Fortune (4) on a 58-yard run in the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Tulane running back Makhi Hughes (21) carries ahead of UTSA cornerback Nicktroy Fortune (4) on a 58-yard run in the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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No. 23 Tulane (11-2, AAC) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6, ACC), Dec. 27, 2 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Annapolis, Maryland

TOP PLAYERS

Tulane: RB Makhi Hughes. The AAC rookie of the year led the league in rushing with 1,290 yards to go with seven touchdowns.

Virginia Tech: RB Bhayshul Tuten. He leads the team with 610 yards rushing to go with seven scores, but he showed his explosiveness with a 32-yard TD run and a 94-yard kickoff return for a score in a rivalry win against Virginia.

NOTABLE

Tulane: The Green Wave will be led by interim coach Slade Nagle after Willie Fritz was hired at Houston.

Virginia Tech: This is the first bowl trip for Brent Pry as the Hokies' head coach, but he was part of three bowl games while a member of Frank Beamer's staff in the 1990s.

LAST TIME

Virginia Tech 30, Tulane 13 (Oct. 28, 1989)

BOWL HISTORY

Tulane: The Green Wave are in a bowl for the fifth time in six years and 16th overall. Last year, Tulane stunned USC in the Cotton Bowl.

Virginia Tech: This is Virginia Tech's 35th bowl appearance in program history, though the Hokies have lost four straight and haven't won a bowl since the 2016 season.

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