Tulane's bowl game dreams are still alive after the Green Wave held off Houston for a 20-17 win at Yulman Stadium Saturday during Senior Day.
Tulane (6-6, 4-4) took the lead late in the fourth quarter after quarterback Jonathan Banks connected with receiver Terren Encalade on a 64-yard touchdown pass.
The score came with a little more than six minutes left in the game and less than 40 seconds after Houston's D'Eriq King gave the Cougars a 17-13 lead off a 16-yard run.
Houston (6-5, 4-4) made one final push for a win but came up short after Tulane's Luke Jackson broke up a fourth-and-one pass play on the Green Wave 32 yard line with a little more than 2 minutes remaining.
Banks and Encalade finished with career-highs in passing yards and receiving yards respectively. Banks threw for 251 yards, completing 17 of 25 passes, while Encalade hauled in 8 receptions for 186 yards.
The Green Wave travel to Dallas, Texas next weekend to take on SMU in their final regular season game. A win there would make Tulane bowl eligible for the first time since the 2013 season.