South Alabama at Tulane

Metheny leads South Alabama past Tulane 41-39


NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ross Metheny threw for 290 yards, ran for another 75 and accounted for four first-half touchdowns as South Alabama held on to beat Tulane 41-39 on Saturday.

Tulane (1-1) had a chance to tie the game late after Nick Montana threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Grant with 1:19 remaining, but Montana threw an incomplete pass on the two-point conversion attempt. South Alabama (1-1) then ran out the clock after a failed onside kick.

The Jaguars raced to a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter behind Metheny with scores on four of their first five possessions, which included a 35-yard touchdown run by Metheny in the opening minute. Metheny then threw a 14-yard TD to Shavarez Smith, a 30-yarder to Davin Hawkins and ran for a 12-yard score.

Montana, who took the Green Wave 82 yards on their final drive, threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns.

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Scoring Summary
SALARoss Metheny 35 yd run (Aleem Sunanon kick)
SALAShavarez Smith 14 yd pass from Ross Metheny (Aleem Sunanon kick)
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 2 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
SALADavin Hawkins 30 yd pass from Ross Metheny (Aleem Sunanon kick)
SALARoss Metheny 12 yd run (Aleem Sunanon kick)
TULANEJustyn Shackleford 29 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANE Team safety
TULANECairo Santos 47 yd FG
SALAAleem Sunanon 46 yd FG
TULANEOrleans Darkwa 1 yd run (Cairo Santos kick)
TULANERyan Grant 40 yd pass from Nick Montana (Cairo Santos kick)
SALATerrance Timmons 12 yd blocked punt return (Aleem Sunanon kick)
SALAAleem Sunanon 23 yd FG
TULANERyan Grant 10 yd pass from Nick Montana (failed 2pt pass)
Team Stats
First Downs2520
Third Down Efficiency6-157-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-1
Plays-Net Yards77-46574-372
Passing Yds297327
Kick Return Yds12153
Punt Return Yds539
Time of Poss.29:5730:3
Individual Stats
SALA: Ross Metheny 11-75, Jay Jones 11-64, Cris Dinham 10-28, Kendall Houston 7-17, Brandon Bridge 2-3, Team 3--19
TULANE: Orleans Darkwa 10-32, Josh Rounds 4-13, Rob Kelley 6-12, Lazedrick Thompson 1-1, Team 1--6, Nick Montana 5--7
SALA: Ross Metheny 19-30-290-2, Brandon Bridge 1-2-7-0, Team 0-1-0-0
TULANE: Nick Montana 29-47-327-1
SALA: Wes Saxton 7-92, Jereme Jones 4-50, Danny Woodson 3-50, Shavarez Smith 2-57, Davin Hawkins 2-45, Cris Dinham 1-2, Jay Jones 1-1
TULANE: Ryan Grant 14-187, Sydie London 4-15, Xavier Rush 3-34, Rob Kelley 3-27, Orleans Darkwa 2-21, Justyn Shackleford 1-29, Matt Marfisi 1-18, Dante Butler 1--4
South Alabama8th Sun Belt 2-66-7
Tulane6th American Athletic West1-74-8

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