GAMEDAY College Football

Southern Miss 27, Tulane 24

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Zach Wilcke threw a pair of touchdown passes, Eric Scott returned an interception for a score and Southern Mississippi collected its first win of the season, beating previously unbeaten Tulane 27-24.

Wilcke's 37-yard touchdown pass to Jakarius Caston tied it at 17 late in the third quarter. Scott's pick-6 stretched the Southern Miss lead to 27-17 with 7:07 remaining. Wilcke was 17-of-25 passing for 194 yards. Caston had eight receptions for 91 yards.

Michael Pratt's 25-yard touchdown pass to Jha'Quan Jackson for Tulane capped the scoring with 19 seconds left.

Tyjae Spears ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns for Tulane (3-1). Spears also made five catches for 74 yards. Spears' 8-yard TD run and his 34-yard scoring run gave Tulane a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Southern Miss (1-3) ended a two-game skid in the series, a 30-13 loss in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl and a 66-24 defeat at home during the 2020 regular season.

It was the 33rd meeting in the series dating to 1979, but the first in New Orleans since 2010, a 46-10 Southern Miss win at the Louisiana Superdome. It was also the first time the teams met in Yulman Stadium.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SouMisTulane
Tulane TD 10:14 Tyjae Spears 8 yd run (Kriston Esnard kick) 0 7
Second Quarter SouMisTulane
Tulane TD 11:57 Tyjae Spears 34 yd run (Kriston Esnard kick) 0 14
SouMis TD 6:01 Jason Brownlee 23 yd pass from Zach Wilcke (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 7 14
SouMis FG 2:31 Briggs Bourgeois 36 yd FG 10 14
Tulane FG 0:03 Kriston Esnard 28 yd FG 10 17
Third Quarter SouMisTulane
SouMis TD 1:53 Jakarius Caston 37 yd pass from Zach Wilcke (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 17 17
Fourth Quarter SouMisTulane
SouMis FG 8:26 Briggs Bourgeois 26 yd FG 20 17
SouMis TD 7:07 Eric Scott, Jr. 35 yd interception return (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 27 17
Tulane TD 0:19 Jha'Quan Jackson 25 yd pass from Michael Pratt (Kriston Esnard kick) 27 24
Team Stats
  Southern Miss Tulane
First downs 13 26
  Rushing 5 14
  Passing 8 10
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 6-16, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 27-59 47-204
Passing Yards 194 247
Return Yards 57 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-25-0 19-29-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 4--23
Punts 5 3
Punts-Average 46.4 25.7
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 5-45 2-20
Time of Possession 23:59 36:01
Southern Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Wilcke 17 25 194 2 0
Tulane Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Pratt 19 29 247 1 1
Southern Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
F. Gore Jr. 16 44 2.8 0
J. Dean 4 7 1.8 0
Z. Wilcke 4 6 1.5 0
T. Keyes 1 4 4.0 0
Tulane Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 22 114 5.2 2
M. Pratt 16 58 3.6 0
I. Celestine 5 22 4.4 0
S. Clayton 3 7 2.3 0
D. McDougle 1 3 3.0 0
Southern Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Caston 8 91 11.4 1
J. Brownlee 3 68 22.7 1
F. Gore Jr. 3 14 4.7 0
C. Cavallo 1 10 10.0 0
L. Jones 1 7 7.0 0
C. Pittman 1 4 4.0 0
Tulane Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Spears 5 74 14.8 0
A. Bauman 4 57 14.3 0
J. Jackson 2 55 27.5 1
S. Clayton 2 22 11.0 0
D. Watts 1 13 13.0 0
D. McDougle 2 10 5.0 0
I. Celestine 1 8 8.0 0
R. Brown 1 5 5.0 0
S. Wyatt 1 3 3.0 0
Southern Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Scott, Jr. 1 35
Tulane Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Southern Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hunt 5 232 46.4
Tulane Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Glover 2 77 38.5
Southern Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jones 1 10 10.0
Tulane Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 1 -1 -1.0
Southern Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Harrell 1 12 12.0
Tulane Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 1 40 40.0
Southern Miss Missed FG
Player Length
Tulane Missed FG
Player Length
K. Esnard 47
K. Esnard 37




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