SHREVEPORT, LA., DEC. 19 -- Chris Chandler threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns tonight, leading Washington to a 24-12 victory over Tulane in the Independence Bowl.
The loss spoiled the final game at Tulane for Coach Mack Brown, who is taking over at North Carolina.
Washington wound up its season 7-4-1. Tulane finished 6-6.
Chandler's touchdown passes, both five-yarders in the second quarter, went to tight end Bill Ames and split end Darryl Franklin.
Tony Covington opened the scoring with a three-yard run for Washington in the first quarter.
Tulane tied it, 7-7, on a 44-yard punt return by Mitchell Price, but Washington took the kickoff and drove for the go-ahead touchdown, capped by the pass to Ames.
After Todd Wiggins kicked a 21-yard field goal for Tulane with 3:18 left in the second quarter, the Huskies drove 63 yards to Franklin's touchdown for a 21-10 halftime lead.
Channing Wyles kicked the first field goal of his college career in the fourth quarter, a 41-yarder that made it 24-10.
Washington took an intentional safety with seven seconds left to complete the scoring.
Washington's defense, led by the two sacks by Dennis Brown, manhandled a Tulane offense that had averaged 417 yards and 32 points a game.
Tulane quarterback Terrence Jones struggled for much of the game, finishing with 17 completions in 40 attempts for 248 yards.
Tulane's all-American receiver, Marc Zeno, had seven catches for 116 yards.
Footing on the field was firm despite an all-day rain from a storm front that sent tornadoes spinning through suburban areas earlier in the day. Winds reached 20 mph.
Washington tailback Vince Weathersby caught five of Chandler's passes for 64 yards and rushed 14 times for 84 yards.
Washington's big offensive line, which outweighed Tulane's defense almost 50 pounds a man, protected Chandler almost flawlessly.
Despite its size advantage, Washington played wide-open football, opening the game with a flea-flicker pass and faking a clock-killer on the final play of the first half.
Chandler took the snap and faked kneeling down, keeping his knee off the ground and throwing a long pass. It wound up being one of the three interceptions he threw.
Tulane's James McKinley had two of the interceptions and Thurston Harrison had the third.
Chandler's two touchdown passes tied an Independence Bowl record set first in 1977 by Louisiana Tech's Keith Thibodeaux and tied by Gary Kubiak of Texas A&M in 1981 and Wisconsin's Randy Wright in 1982.
McKinley's two interceptions also tied a bowl record, that one set in 1979 by Jim Collins of Syracuse.
Chandler was named the game's most valuable offensive player, and McKinley was the most valuable defensive player. Washington 7 14 0 3 24 Tulane 0 10 0 2 12
W -- Covington 3 run (Brownlee kick)
T -- Price 44 punt return (Wiggins kick)
W -- Ames 5 pass from Chandler (Brownlee kick)
T -- FG Wiggins 21
W -- Franklin 5 pass from Chandler (Brownlee kick)
W -- FG Wyles 41
T -- Conklin stopped in end zone
A -- 41,683
Washington Tulane First downs 22 21 Rushes-yards 39-147 33-131 Passing yards 249 248 Return yards 14 57 Passing 16-32-3 17-40-1 Punts-average 4-33 6-44 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 10-67 7-73 Ti
RUSHING -- Washington: Weathersby 14-84, Jenkins 11-44, Chandler 5-23, Covington 4-12. Tulane: Jones 18-91,
PASSING -- Washington: Chandler 15-30-3, 234 yards, Conklin 1-2-0, 15. Tulane: Jones 17-40-1, 248.
RECEIVING -- Washington: Weathersby 5-64, Franklin 4-61, Ames 3-35. Tulane: Zeno 7-116, Pierce 2-58, McInto