Scores

Final

Ole Miss 27

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Tulane 13

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN Classic

9:00 PM ET, September 11, 2010

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MISS 14 10 0 327
TULN 0 3 7 313

Top Performers

Passing: J. Masoli (MISS) - 281 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: O. Darkwa (TULN) - 6 CAR, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Summers (MISS) - 5 REC, 165 YDS, 1 TD

Jeremiah Masoli's 308 yards lead Mississippi past Tulane 

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Jeremiah Masoli accounted for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and there was no late-game collapse this time for Mississippi in a 27-13 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.

Brandon Bolden rushed for a 16-yard score and Masoli's 70-yard touchdown strike to Markeith Summers gave Ole Miss (1-1) a 24-3 lead at halftime.

Mississippi blew a 21-point halftime lead against Jacksonville State a week earlier, but withstood a spirited second half by Tulane (1-1).

Orleans Darkwa's 1-yard touchdown run helped the Green Wave pull to 24-13 early in the fourth quarter.

Masoli responded with a 61-yard completion to Summers on a rollout, setting up a field goal for the final margin.

Masoli completed 14 of 20 passes for 281 yards and was intercepted once on a tipped pass. He also rushed for 27 yards and a score. Summers finished with five catches for 165 yards.

Linebacker Jonathan Cornell had three sacks for Mississippi, the last of them jarring the ball loose from Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin on a fourth-down play in the final minutes.

That allowed Ole Miss to kneel on the ball and run out the clock, an ending far different from the frantic overtime finish a week earlier, when Jacksonville State scored on fourth-and-18, and followed that up with a 2-point conversion to complete a shocking double-overtime upset.

There were some similarities early on, however.

Mississippi took command right away by getting in the end zone on its first two possessions.

The first drive started at the Tulane 42 after Jesse Grandy returned the opening kickoff 51 yards. Ole Miss was stopped on third-and-goal from the 1, but Masoli stretched over the goal line on a fourth-down sneak.

Bolden's 16-yard scoring run capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive on the Rebels' second possession.

Tulane threatened to pull within a touchdown in the second quarter but settled for a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

The Rebels responded with Bryson Rose's 41-yard field goal, followed by Summers' long score shortly before halftime.

Ole Miss had another sluggish second half, including a third quarter in which the Rebels had no net yards of offense.

It didn't cost them this time, in part because Tulane squandered a drive inside the Ole Miss 10 by fumbling the ball away on an option pitch from Griffin to Payten Jason early in the third quarter.

Griffin finished 21 of 30 for 203 yards, hitting D.J. Banks six times for 85 yards. Darkwa's touchdown was the fourth for the freshman in two games.

Tulane's Cairo Santos hit field goals of 19 and 38 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MISS
TULN
1st Downs1619
Total Yards374312
Passing282218
Rushing9294
Penalties8-754-25
3rd Down Conversions4-112-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession31:1228:48

Passing Leaders

Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Masoli14/2028114.111
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin21/302036.800

Rushing Leaders

Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis14402.9010
Bolden7324.6116
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa6538.8128
Williams7405.7010

Receiving Leaders

Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Summers516533.0170
Bolden4369.0019
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks68514.2023
Robottom7415.9013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMISSTULN
TD12:04Jeremiah Masoli 1 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 70
TD03:19Brandon Bolden 16 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERMISSTULN
FG06:51Cairo Santos 19 Yd 143
FG02:24Bryson Rose 41 Yd 173
TD01:19Markeith Summers 70 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Bryson Rose Kick) 243
THIRD QUARTERMISSTULN
TD01:51Orleans Darkwa 1 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 2410
FOURTH QUARTERMISSTULN
FG10:24Cairo Santos 38 Yd 2413
FG08:00Bryson Rose 29 Yd 2713