Scores

Final

Southern Miss 46

(6-3, 3-1 away)

Tulane 30

(3-6, 1-4 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

1 2 3 4 T
USM 13 7 10 1646
TULN 7 13 10 030

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin (TULN) - 242 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: O. Darkwa (TULN) - 27 CAR, 138 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Banks (LT) - 7 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 46, Tulane 30

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Wide receiver Quentin Pierce threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johdrick Morris to break a fourth-quarter tie and lead Southern Miss to a 46-30 Conference USA victory over Tulane on Saturday.

Pierce took a lateral from quarterback Austin Davis and threw the touchdown pass to give Southern Miss a 37-30 lead with 12:35 left in the game.

The Golden Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Conference USA) increased their lead to 39-30 when Cordarro Law hit Green Wave quarterback Ryan Griffin, who fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a safety with 2:23 remaining.

Southern Miss completed the scoring when Alexander Walters forced and recovered a Devin Figaro fumble and ran 41 yards for a touchdown with 21 seconds remaining.

Davis passed for just 102 yards and a touchdown, completing 18 of 35 attempts, but eight Southern Miss runners combined to gain 230 yards and score two touchdowns on 41 rushes.

Tulane (3-6, 1-4) outgained the Golden Eagles 402-358 and had 11 more first downs (28-17).

The Green Wave broke a 20-20 halftime tie on the first possession of the third quarter when Orleans Darkwa ran 6 yards for a touchdown. Southern Miss tied the score two plays later when Tracy Lampley ran 60 yards for a touchdown.

Tulane's Cairo Santos made a 23-yard field goal, and the Golden Eagles' Danny Hrapmann made a 34-yarder, leaving the scored tied at 30 after three quarters.

The Golden Eagles received the opening kickoff and drove to Hrapmann's 34-yard field goal. They recovered an ensuing onside kickoff and drove to Hrapmman's 49-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead.

Southern Miss' Kendrick Hardy fumbled and Shakiel Smith recovered for the Green Wave at the Eagles' 36. Two plays later, Griffin threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Banks to give Tulane a 7-6 lead.

Reggie Hunt returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards, setting up Hardy's 1-yard touchdown run that gave Southern Miss a 13-7 lead after one quarter.

Griffin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sparks to put the Green Wave back on top, 14-13, with 5:23 left in the second quarter.

Darkwa's 4-yard touchdown run on Tulane's next possession gave the Green Wave a 20-13 lead with 1:11 left in the second quarter.

Banks fumbled a punt and Chico Hunter recovered for the Eagles at the Green Wave 4 with 32 seconds left in the second quarter. That set up Davis' 2-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Massey, which tied the score at 20.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
TULN
1st Downs1728
Total Yards358402
Passing128246
Rushing230156
Penalties9-927-41
3rd Down Conversions8-193-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers12
Possession31:4128:19

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis18/351022.910
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin21/372426.520

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lampley26532.5160
Hardy14634.5111
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa271385.1240
Jason4164.008

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden4399.8021
Pierce4297.309
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks7659.3124
Grant45614.0038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMTULN
FG09:47Danny Hrapmann 33 Yd 30
FG08:03Danny Hrapmann 49 Yd 60
TD03:57D.J. Banks 24 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 67
TD02:11Kendrick Hardy 1 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 137
SECOND QUARTERUSMTULN
TD05:23Cody Sparks 8 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 1314
TD01:11Orleans Darkwa 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1320
TD00:22Jonathan Massey 2 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2020
THIRD QUARTERUSMTULN
TD10:29Orleans Darkwa 6 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick) 2027
TD09:59Tracy Lampley 60 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2727
FG05:57Cairo Santos 23 Yd 2730
FG01:51Danny Hrapmann 34 Yd 3030
FOURTH QUARTERUSMTULN
TD12:35Johdrick Morris 26 Yd Pass From Quentin Pierce (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 3730
SF02:23Ball Through End Zone 3930
TD00:21Alexander Walters 41 Yd Fumble Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 4630