January 14, 2021

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Tulane Routes Southern Miss in Armed Forces Bowl 30-13

The Tulane Green Wave came away victorious in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl today, besting their long-time regional rival Southern Miss by a score of 30-13. 

After falling behind 13-0, Tulane rallied to score 30 unanswered points, mainly behind Justin McMillan’s 3 touchdown performance in the 3rd quarter. McMillan finished the game 13-18 for 215 yards with a 3 TD to 0 INT ratio. McMillan also carried the ball 17 times, netting 41 yards rushing. As a team, the Green Wave rushed for 164 and accounted for 379 total yards against a stout Southern Miss defense. Tulane kicker Merek Glover was a perfect 3-3 on field goal tries, with a long of 36. 

Defensively, the Green Wave forced 2 turnovers, while committing none of their own. The first turnover came by way of interception, as Wave CB Larry Brooks recorded a pick and 29 yard return. The second also came by the way of an interception, with Chase Kuerschen recording the second Wave pick for a touchback.

The win marks 3 straight bowl wins for the first time in program history. McMillan posted a rating of 227.6, which marks his career high. The victory over Southern Miss marks the first time Tulane wins The Battle for the Bell since 2002.

Tulane improves to 7-6 on the season, while Southern Miss matches the Green Wave, falling to 7-6 overall.