Ole Miss 41, Tulane 24
Nov. 16, 1997
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Stewart Patridge passed for two touchdowns and ran for one to lead Ole Miss to a 41-24 victory over Tulane Saturday night.
The Rebels (6-3) won their second straight and became eligible for a bowl game. The Green Wave (6-4) had a two-game winning streak end.
Patridge was 26-of-34 for 267 yards, including touchdown throws of 16 yards to Andre Rone and nine yards to Eli Anding. Patridge also scrambled four yards for a touchdown.
Patridge's fourth-down, 16-yard TD throw to Rone with 3:33 left in the half pulled Ole Miss into a 17-17 tie and John Avery's 1-yard run with 47 seconds remaining before intermission put the Rebels on top for good.
Patridge's 4-yard run with 6:51 left in the third quarter pushed the Ole Miss advantage to 14 points. Tulane, however, cut the deficit to a touchdown when Shaun King threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Toney Converse with 5:02 left in the third quarter. King's 13-yard run had given Tulane a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Any hope Tulane had of tying the game for the third time went away when Patridge hooked up with Anding with 14:20 to play. Steve Lindsey's 21-yard field goal with 8:21 to play pushed the lead to 17.
Ole Miss mistakes led to two Tulane touchdowns. Reagan King's punt at the end of Ole Miss' first possesion was blocked by Manny Cuellar and Tulane took over at the Rebels 24. Shaun King ran the last 13 yards on a quarterback draw for a 7-0 lead.
With Patridge on the sideline for one series midway through the second quarter, backup Romaro Miller's pass was intercepted by Alphonso Roundtree and returned 46 yards for a touchdown, giving Tulane a 17-10 lead with 8:44 left in the half.