Mississippi 41, Tulane 24
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Stewart Patridge passed for two touchdowns and ran for one to lead Mississippi to a 41-24 victory over Tulane Saturday night.
The Rebels won their second straight to improve to 6-3 and become eligible for a bowl game. The Green Wave, which had won two straight, is 6-4.
Patridge completed 26 of 34 for 267 yards, including touchdown throws of 16 yards to Andre Rone and nine yards to Eli Anding. The pass to Rone pulled Ole Miss to 17 late in the first half, and they never trailed again in the non-conference game. Patridge scrambled four yards for his rushing touchdown.
Steve Lindsey’s 21-yard field goal for the Rebels completed the scoring with 8:21 left in the game. Patridge’s pass to Anding had given them a 38-24 lead with 14:20 left.
The Green Wave pulled within 31-24 on Shaun King’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Toney Converse with 5:02 left in the third quarter. Ole Miss had extended its 24-17 halftime lead to 31-17 on Patridge’s scoring run with 6:51 left in the third quarter.
The Rebels led by seven after a first half in which each team led on two different occasions and the score was tied two other times.
John Avery’s one-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left in the half broke a 17-17 tie. Patridge’s touchdown pass to Rone on fourth-and-six had pulled Ole Miss even with 3:33 left in the half.
Freshman Romaro Miller, who was four for nine for 13 yards for the season, replaced Patridge for one series and threw an interception to safety Alphonso Roundtree, who ran 46 yards for a touchdown with 8:44 left in the half. That gave Tulane a 17-10 lead.
Brad Palazzo’s 23-yard field goal with 12:15 left in the half had pulled the Green Wave even at 10.
Mississippi scored 10 straight points after Tulane opened the scoring. Avery’s 4-yard touchdown run after Lindsey’s 32-yard field goal gave the Rebels a 10-7 lead with 14:27 left in the second quarter.
The Green Wave got the first break when Manny Cuellar blocked Reagan King’s punt at the end of the game’s first series. Tulane recovered at the Rebels’ 24, and six plays later King ran 13 yards on a quarterback draw for a touchdown and a 7-0 Green Wave lead.