NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Tulane barely avoided overtime for the
second straight week as Barrett Pepper kicked a 32-yard field
goal with six seconds remaining to give the Green Wave a 31-28
come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State.
One week after needing overtime to get past Division I-AA
Northwestern State, J.P. Losman rallied Tulane (2-1)
from a 28-14 deficit in the final five minutes.
Losman tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Landry to
make it 28-21 with 4:50 left, then found Chris Bush for a
13-yard score to tie it with 2:29 remaining.
The Green Wave got back the ball again and drove 34 yards in
seven plays to set up Pepper for the winning field goals.
Losman completed 27-of-49 passes for 349 yards and four
touchdowns for Tulane, whose first three games have been decided
by nine points.
After opening with a 38-35 loss to Texas Christian, the Green
Wave escaped with a 27-24 win over Northwestern State.
Tulane's Mewelde Moore rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries to
become the all-time leading rusher in Conference USA history.
Moore increased his career rushing total to 3,683 yards,
breaking the previous mark of 3,636 set by Houston's Ketric
Sanford from 1996-99.
Losman also threw a 36-yard TD pass to Bush to tie it, 14-14,
with 10:11 left in the first quarter.
But Kevin Fant and Justin Jenkins hooked up for TDs of 24 and 70
yards to give Mississippi State a 28-14 lead with 14:11 left in
the contest. Fant completed 16-of-32 passes for 246 yards and
Roydell Williams caught 10 passes for 114 yards for Tulane,
while Jenkins finished with nine grabs for 164 yards for the
Tulane snapped a five-game losing streak against Mississippi
State, cutting the Bulldogs' lead in the all-time series to