Hawaii Bowl: Tulane passer led unlikely comeback

With timely passes and nimble feet, J.P. Losman proved that fat stats aren't the only way to determine the value of a winning quarterback.

Losman led unlikely comeback

By Kalani Takase
Staff Writer
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 

HALAWA -- J.P. Losman didn't wow anyone with his arm Saturday night, but it was his mobility that proved so valuable to Tulane.

The junior quarterback did complete 20 of his 39 pass attempts for 240 yards, but his two touchdowns on 13 carries to go with his 45 rushing yards were just as important. Losman's 1-yard plunge in the third quarter was part of 26 straight unanswered points by Tulane. Losman again scampered in the end zone with 8:54 left in the contest from three yards out. He tied a Tulane bowl record with his two rushing scores.  

"We came out and did out job," said the junior. Losman faced much public outcry over his decision to transfer from UCLA to Tulane. The Green Wave were 12 point underdogs in the inaugural ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl. "We've been underdogs all year," said Losman. "I got a lot of criticism for coming to this school for that reason. I don't care if we're underdogs or not, we go out and we play hard"

Losman and the Green Wave offense didn't fair well early in the contest. After a missed field goal and fumble, Tulane was forced to punt on their following two possessions. "We didn't really make any adjustments, we just started believing in ourselves, calmed down, took a deep breath," explained Losman. "We were pressing a little bit, trying too hard. (In the second half) we just realized that we are that good." 

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