Darnell Mooney caught six passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns to help Tulane hold off East Carolina 24-18 for its third straight victory on Saturday.
Tulane (5-5, 4-2), which had never posted three consecutive victories in the American Conference, won three in a row for first time since 2013.
Justin McMillan, who passed for 372 yards, threw three touchdown tosses of over 70 yards as Tulane rolled to a 21-10 lead early in the third. McMillan hit Mooney on an 86-yard scoring strike to start the scoring, nailed Terren Encalade on a 73-yarder in the second and connected with Mooney again, this time on a 79-yard touchdown toss early in the third.
The Green Wave still had to hold off East Carolina (2-7, 0-6) as Holton Ahlers nailed Trevon Brown on TD tosses of 80 and 31 yards as the Pirates closed to 21-18 early in the final quarter.
Merek Glover booted a 33-yard field goal to give Tulane a little more breathing room, 24-18, with 7:35 remaining.
Ahlers threw for 360 yards and ran for another 67. Brown caught eight passes for 161 yards.
Southern wins fourth straight with 56-24 victory
Ladarius Skelton threw for four touchdowns and Southern University defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 56-24 on Saturday night for the Jaguars' fourth-straight victory.
Skelton was 12-of-15 passing for 283 yards. He threw 28- and 57-yard scoring passes to Randall Menard in the first quarter and with Jarmarqueza Mims' 5-yard run to open the scoring, the Jaguars (6-3, 5-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 21-6 after the first quarter.
Skelton then threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Register and a 15-yarder to Trey Smith in the second quarter, that also included a 1-yard TD run by Devon Benn with the half ending 42-9. John Lampley added a 20-yard TD pass to Kendall Catalon and Christopher Chaney a 43-yard run for third-quarter touchdowns.
The Jaguars outgained the Golden Lions (1-9, 0-6) by a 589-278 margin.
Southern leads second-place Grambling (5-2) in the SWAC West. Both teams have a bye next week before they meet in a regular-season finale on Nov. 24.
McWilliams, Martin with pick-6s, Grambling tops Alabama A&M
Joseph McWilliams and Devanir Martin returned interceptions for touchdowns as Grambling forced four turnovers to defeat Alabama A&M 29-16 on Saturday.
A&M's Aqeel Glass marched the Bulldogs (5-5) 75 yards with the game-opening kickoff, hitting Marceles Clash with a 6-yard TD strike. Alabama A&M's next two possessions ended in interceptions — one by Danquarian Fields and the second by McWilliams, who returned it 20 yards to put Grambling (6-4) into the lead, 10-7.
Geremy Hickbottom completed 12 of 22 passes for 146 yards and a 39-yard touchdown to Devante Davis. The Tigers added 10 unanswered points in the third quarter, including Martin picking off Glass and returning it 35 yards to make it 27-10.
McWilliams also returned a blocked PAT 98 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter, and the three big defensive plays led to 16 points.
Glass went 16-for-28 passing for 149 yards. He also fumbled when A&M was at the 4-yard line, and Percy Cargo, Jr. recovered the ball for the Tigers.
Louisiana-Lafayette rushes past Georgia State in 2nd half
Raymond Calais and Elijah Mitchell each rushed for 100-plus yards, with Calais scoring three times, and Louisiana-Lafayette used a big fourth quarter to beat Georgia State 36-22 on Saturday.
Calais broke a 47-year old program record in the first quarter with a 92-yard touchdown run. The long run opened the scoring and Andre Nunez connected with Ryheem Malone from 32-yards out on their next possession for a 13-0 lead.
ULL opened the second half with four straight scoring drives, including three touchdowns. Calais had a 26-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 23-14 and Mitchell scored from a yard out on their next drive. Michael Jacquet III intercepted a pass and five plays later, Calais made it 36-14 on a 5-yard run.
Nunez passed for 141 yards and a touchdown for Louisiana-Lafayette (5-5, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference). ULL coaches wore camouflage for military appreciation.
Aaron Winchester was 10 of 21 for 121 yards and a touchdown for Georgia State (2-8, 1-5). The Panthers scored on Winchester's pass to Devin Gentry for 13 yards and Demarcus Kirk's 21-yard touchdown run.
UL Monroe beats South Alabama 38-10
Caleb Evans completed 27 of 32 passes for 367 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 54 yards and two more scores to help UL Monroe beat South Alabama 38-10 on Saturday night.
The Warhawks (6-4, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) led 24-10 at halftime and shut down the Jaguars (2-8, 1-5) in the second half, holding South Alabama to four first downs after the break.
D'Marius Gillespie had seven catches for 159 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown reception that made it 24-10 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
Marcus Green scored on a 10-yard run early in the third quarter and Evans' 15-yard keeper capped the scoring with 5:50 left in the period before a scoreless fourth quarter.
UL Monroe outgained South Alabama 551-218 in total offense and had a 26-11 edge in first downs.
It was the Jaguars' third loss in a row.
Ferguson snags winning TD in 2 OT, NW State beats McNees
Jazz Ferguson leaped high over a defender to pull down a touchdown pass from Shelton Eppler in the second overtime as Northwestern State upset McNeese 37-34 on Saturday night.
The victory halted a string of 13-straight losses to the Cowboys for Northwestern State (4-6, 3-5). McNeese (6-4, 5-3) was tied atop the Southland Conference standings with Nicholls and Incarnate Word before the loss.
Eppler, who had passed for just 84 yards in the first half, came alive in the second, finishing with 292 yards and four touchdowns.
Trailing 31-23, Eppler threw a 19-yard touchdown strike to Jaylen Watson with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Eppler then lobbed an over-the-shoulder pass to Ferguson for two extra points to send the game into overtime.
Northwestern's Austyn Fendrick pushed a field-goal attempt wide right in the first extra period. McNeese had a chance for the win but Hayden Bourgeous broke through the right side of the line to block Gunnar Rabon's 36-yard field goal attempt to send it to the second overtime. Rabon nailed a 38-yarder for the lead in the second extra period.
Eppler then found Ferguson for a 6-yard touchdown pass for the victory.
The teams combined for 55 points in the second half after scoring just seven in the first two quarters.
Louisiana Tech pulls away for 28-13 win over Rice
J'Mar Smith passed for 314 yards and a touchdown and Jaqwis Dancy ran for 80 yards and three TDs to help Louisiana Tech pull away in the second half for a 28-13 victory over Rice on Saturday night.
Adrian Hardy finished with 10 catches for 160 yards for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA), while Alfred Smith hauled in three passes for 56 yards and a TD.
Rice took a 3-0 lead on Haden Tobola's 42-yard field goal 4 seconds into the second quarter. The Bulldogs answered with Dancy's 11-yard TD run with 3:02 left in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead at halftime.
The Owls moved back in front 10-7 when Shawn Stankavage hooked up with Austin Walter for a 69-yard score just 1:28 into the third quarter. But Louisiana Tech regained the lead on the ensuing possession when Dancy plowed into the end zone from a yard out. Dancy added an 18-yard TD run with 1:13 left in the quarter for a 21-10 advantage. Tobola's second field goal — a 29-yarder — cut the Owls' deficit to 21-13, but J'Mar Smith put the game out of reach with a 10-yard TD toss to Alfred Smith with less than 6 minutes to play.
Louisiana Tech handed Rice its 10th straight loss after the Owls (1-10, 0-7) opened the season with a 31-28 win over FCS-member Prairie View A&M. Rice has also dropped 13 straight C-USA games. The Owls last conference win was a 31-14 victory over UTEP in the conference opener last season.