TULSA, Okla. — Justin McMillan scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 39-yard keeper with 3:46 left and Tulane beat Tulsa 24-17 on Saturday night.
The Green Wave (3-5, 2-2 American) held Tulsa short on a fourth-and-18 with 1:23 remaining and were able to run out the clock from there.
Tulane trailed by 10 in the middle of the third quarter when Corey Dauphine's 51-yard run set up McMillian's 1-yard TD keeper three plays later. Dauphine finished with 107 yards rushing on 18 carries.
On their next possession, the Green Wave ran 10 plays for 52 yards capped by Merek Glover's 20-yard field goal to tie it at 17.
Tulsa (1-7, 0-4) opened with a 10-0 lead and led 17-7 on Keylon Stokes' 14-yard run in the middle of the third. But the late collapse extended the Golden Hurricane's losing streak against FBS opponents to 12.
OTHER STATE SCORES
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 47, ARKANSAS STATE 43
At Lafayette, Trey Ragas ran for the winning score and Louisiana-Lafayette beat Arkansas State 47-43 on Saturday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) trailed 43-40 when Ragas capped an 11-play, 55-yard drive with a 4-yard run to give them a 47-43 edge with 1:18 to play. The defense shut down the Redwolves (4-4, 1-3) after that to preserve the win.
Andre Nunez threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Raymond Calais ran for 121 yards and a score.
Nunez threw a 64-yard touchdown to Elijah Mitchell, capping the game's first drive. Mitchell followed with a 65-yard scoring run and later, Calais exploded from the backfield and ran untouched 72 yards for a 21-14 edge. But Arkansas State kept pace, scoring three times in the half and Louisiana held on for a 31-21 lead at halftime.
MCNEESE 23, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 21
At Lake Charles, Gunnar Raborn booted his third field goal of the evening in the final quarter to give McNeese a 23-21 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night to claim the top spot in the Southland Conference standings.
Raborn, who had connected from 34 and 33 yards earlier, booted a 24-yard field goal with 7:27 remaining to reclaim the lead. The Bears answered with a six-play, 50-yard drive to set up Matt Cummins, but he missed the 43-yard attempt with 5:11 left.
McNeese (6-2, 5-1) and Central Arkansas (5-3, 4-2) entered the contest tied for the conference lead.
The Cowboys led most of the game until Carlos Blackman broke for a 39-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give the Bears their only lead of the evening, 21-20.
NORTHWESTERN STATE 31, HOUSTON BAPTIST 28
At Natchitoches, Malik Sonnier's interception opened the door for Northwestern State's late drive to beat Houston Baptist 31-28 on Saturday night.
Houston Baptist led most of the evening and was driving to extend its lead in the final quarter when Sonnier picked off Bailey Zappe, returning it 24 yards to his own 45.
Kaleb Fletcher drove the Demons 55 yards in 10 plays for the score, hitting Jazz Ferguson from the 2. Fletcher then passed to Ferguson again to complete the 2-point conversion for a 31-28 lead.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 28, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 25
At Huntsville, Texas, Ty Brock threw for 320 yards with Dee Bowens hauling in eight passes for 155 yards and a score and Kyran Jackson ran for three touchdowns as Sam Houston State got past Southeastern Louisiana 28-25 on Saturday afternoon.
The victory keeps the Bearkats (5-3, 4-2) in the hunt for the Southland Conference title as every team has dropped at least one game.
SHSU struck early when Brock hit Bowens on a 64-yard scoring strike on the third play of the game. Jackson then ran it in from the 2 for a 14-0 lead. Southeastern Louisiana (3-6, 3-4) closed to 14-10 at the break. Jackson bulled across from the 2 in the third and broke for an 11-yard score early in the fourth for a 28-10 lead.
SOUTHERN 41, JACKSON STATE 7
At Baton Rouge, Ladarius Skelton threw for a touchdown and ran for a second and Southern got touchdowns from all three units as the Jaguars rolled over Jackson State, 41-7 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference contest Saturday night.
Skelton ran 15 yards for a touchdown on Southern's second series and fired 27 yards to Trey Smith for a score to make it 14-0 after one quarter.
Demerio Houston recovered a Keshawn Harper fumble and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown to put Southern (5-3, 4-1) up 21-0.