Mississippi St 28

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Tulane 31

(2-1, 0-1 American)

8:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 0 6 15 728
TULN 0 7 7 1731


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 two TDs.

Roydell Williams caught 10 passes for 114 yards for Tulane, while Jenkins finished with nine grabs for 164 yards for the Bulldogs (0-2).

Tulane snapped a five-game losing streak against Mississippi State, cutting the Bulldogs' lead in the all-time series to 27-25-2.