Tulane overcame an early deficit to defeat Southern Miss 30-13 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The Green Wave found themselves down 13-0 early in the second quarter but rattled off 30 straight points to secure the win. Tulane entered the game as 7 point favorites and used a 24 point third quarter to win their second straight bowl game. (First time in school history winning back-to-back bowl games)
The first quarter was all Southern Miss as their first two drives of the game both reached the endzone. Quarterback Jack Abraham delivered a 44-yard bomb to receiver Quez Watkins to cap off their first drive. Then, after forcing Tulane into a quick 3-and-out, Southern Miss drove down the field and scored on a Jack Abraham 3 yard scamper. Southern Miss was unable to piece together anything after that in the first half. Tulane was able to put together two decent drives in the second quarter to score two field goals and the half ended with Southern Miss leading 13-6.
The second half was all Tulane. In four fourth quarter drives the Green Wave scored three touchdowns and a field goal. Quarterback Justin McMillan came out of the break firing on all cylinders, throwing for three touchdown passes in the quarter, including a 52 yard bomb to Jalen McCleskey on the opening drive. McMillan finished the game with 215 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air, adding 41 yards on the ground. One non-football highlight from this game came in the third quarter when a Tulane player gave us potentially the greatest flop of all time (shown below).
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Southern Miss starting quarterback Jack Abraham went down with a shoulder injury at the end of the first half so Sophomore Tate Whatley started the second half for the Golden Eagles. Whatley couln’t get anything going as Southern Miss only gained 44 yards in the third quarter. Southern Miss didn’t really move the ball the entire second half until the final minute, though that ended with Whatley throwing his second pick of the game in the endzone. Whatley finished with 134 yards and 2 interceptions.
All statistics from https://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401135293