January 4, 2020 / 8:17 PM / 19 days ago

Tulane roars back to beat Southern Miss in Armed Forces Bowl

Justin McMillan threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter and Tulane scored the final 30 points in a 30-13 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jan 4, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles quarterback Jack Abraham (15) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Tulane Green Wave at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Wave fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter and scored just six first-half points before McMillan led a 24-0 third-quarter blitz.

Tulane (7-6) won a bowl game for a second consecutive season for the first time in school history. It defeated Louisiana 41-24 in the Cure Bowl last season.

The Green Wave, who lost five of their last six games in the regular season, finished with a winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98. All their losses this season came against bowl teams.

McMillan, a senior who arrived before last season as a graduate transfer from LSU after Joe Burrow joined the Tigers, completed 13 of 18 for 215 yards.

The Golden Eagles (7-6) got off to a fast start behind junior quarterback Jack Abraham, but he didn’t play in the second half because of a shoulder injury.

Tulane struck on the first possession of the third quarter when McMillan threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McCleskey to tie the score.

Merek Glover kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Tulane its first lead before Larry Brooks intercepted backup Southern Miss backup quarterback Tate Whatley. That set up McMillan’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Robertson to give the Green Wave a 23-13 lead.

McMillan added a 20-yard touchdown pass to Amare Jones to increase Tulane’s lead to 30-13 at the end of the third quarter.

Abraham threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins and ran 3 yards for another touchdown as the Golden Eagles took a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

The Green Wave defense settled down and the offense drove to two 31-yard field goals by Glover that pulled Tulane within 13-6 at halftime.

Abraham completed 17 of 23 passes for 167 yards before Whatley replaced him and completed 9 of 22 throws for 134 yards with two interceptions. Watkins caught eight passes for 121 yards.

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