NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ryan Griffin returned from a shoulder injury to throw for 302 yards and three touchdowns to beat Southern Methodist 27-26 Saturday.
Griffin, who missed the last three games, completed 17 of 32 passes and threw touchdown passes of 31, 79 and 16 yards. His first touchdown gave Tulane a 7-0 lead and his second helped the Green Wave (1-5, 1-1 Conference USA) jump ahead 20-6 at halftime.
SMU's offense picked up after halftime, scoring 20 consecutive points behind two Chase Hover field goals and two Garrett Gilbert touchdowns.
Hover's second field goal, a 19-yarder, gave the Mustangs a 26-20 lead with 1:22 remaining.
Tulane began its next drive on its own 32 but quickly advanced to the SMU (2-4, 1-1) 16 behind two deep passes from Griffin.
Griffin and Kelley then linked up for their second touchdown, a 16-yard strike that put Tulane ahead with 35 seconds left.
|TULANE||Rob Kelley 31 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|SMU||Chase Hover 27 yd FG|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 44 yd FG|
|SMU||Chase Hover 22 yd FG|
|TULANE||Marc Edwards 79 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|TULANE||Cairo Santos 35 yd FG|
|SMU||Chase Hover 52 yd FG|
|SMU||Jeremy Johnson 2 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Darius Joseph 7 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Chase Hover 19 yd FG|
|TULANE||Rob Kelley 16 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-16||3-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-2||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||83||83|
|Punt Return Yds||14||30|
|Time of Poss.||40:17||19:43|
|SMU: Zach Line 28-177, Garrett Gilbert 10-19|
|TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 5-18, Dante Butler 3-13, Rob Kelley 4-6, Ryan Griffin 3-2, Josh Rounds 1-1|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 25-51-275-1|
|TULANE: Ryan Griffin 17-32-302-0|
|SMU: Jeremy Johnson 11-106, Darius Joseph 5-54, Der'rikk Thompson 3-54, Zach Line 3-27, Gehrig Dieter 2-19, Jeremy Gray 1-15|
|TULANE: Rob Kelley 4-64, Xavier Rush 3-55, Justyn Shackelford 3-43, Marc Edwards 2-96, Orleans Darkwa 2-1, Ryan Grant 1-28, Sydie London 1-11, Matt Marfisi 1-4|
|Southern Methodist||2nd Conference USA West||5-3||7-6|
|Tulane||5th Conference USA West||2-6||2-10|