Longtime Tulane press box aide Harold Shelly was named an honorary Tulanian before Saturday’s game against Temple, an honor he said meant all the more to him because he attended LSU.
“This is so humbling,” said Shelly, 92, who served as the school’s coordinator for distributing media credentials from the 1960s until last year when health problems forced him to step down. “I’m probably the first person from LSU they’ve ever given this to, so that makes it very special.
“I couldn’t afford to go to Tulane. So LSU was the only place at that time I could go to school.”
Shelly, a World War II veteran in the Coast Guard, was widely known for accommodating every request and usually going beyond that.
At last year’s Sugar Bowl, for which he also served in various media relations capacities over the years, Shelly gave radios to several people for Christmas gifts.
“I never looked down on anybody in my life about anything,” Shelly said. “And I’ve tried to shake hands with everyone. It’s helped me make a lot of friends. I was used to looking forward to the start of the season, so I’ve really missed being around everyone.”
Nick Montana’s senior season did not go the way he wanted at Tulane, but he had a positive drive in his career finale.
Montana, who ended preseason practice third on the depth chart after starting 11 games a year ago, entered on the third series as part of a pregame plan and directed the Green Wave to its only points of the first half.
He completed a pass for 11 yards on his first throw, scrambled for 6 yards a little later and connected with Teddy Veal for 25 yards on a post pattern as Tulane drove 66 yards to the Temple 1-yard line.
A chop block penalty forced the Green Wave to settle for a field goal, but those were its only points of the night.
Montana started two games after Tanner Lee suffered a shoulder injury, completing 19 of 26 passes for 135 yards in a 12-3 victory against Connecticut and 18 of 41 for 147 yards in a 20-13 loss to UCF.
Montana entered for the third series of the second half and threw an interception on his third play.
A milestone for Doss
Junior cornerback Lorenzo Doss’ interception in the third quarter was the 15th of his career, moving him into second place in Tulane history, one more than Lynaris Elpheage.
He is three behind all-time leader Paul Ellis and has a year of eligibility left if he decides to return. Earlier this week, Doss said he would look into the possibility of entering the NFL draft after the season ended.
A first for Temple
Offensively challenged Temple (6-6) had not won a game this year when it failed to score first.
The Owls, who started 4-1, lost five of their next six while never scoring more than 20 points, and they needed five turnovers from East Carolina in the lone win to hit that mark.
After falling behind 3-0 to Tulane (3-9), Temple tied the score in the second quarter and went ahead on a touchdown pass with 8:39 left. It was the first time the Owls had even taken the lead after giving up the first score. They held on to win 10-3.
It was a rough night physically for safety Darion Monroe. He was left woozy after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the second quarter, returned in the third quarter and appeared to hurt his hip in a collision with teammate Sam Scofield. He was back on the field for the next series. ... Defensive tackle Kenny Welcome, in uniform, sang the national anthem without a hitch before his final game at Tulane. ... Temple’s touchdown in the fourth quarter prevented the game from becoming the first since the 1979 Liberty Bowl where neither Tulane nor its opponent scored a touchdown.