Southern Miss Gongs Tulane in the "Battle For The Bell"

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Tulane has given up a lot of points this season and Southern Mississippi was glad to add to the total. Jeff Kelly threw for a school-record 400 yards and DaWayne Woods scored a career-best four touchdowns to lead Southern Miss to 59-6 win Saturday over the Green Wave. The Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2 Conference USA) remained in the hunt for a fifth straight bowl bid. ``It would mean a lot for this school, but I want it specifically for the players,'' said Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower. ``And of course, we have to go out the next three games and earn it.'' Tulane (3-9, 1-6) finished the season with three wins for the second straight year and set the C-USA record for most points allowed in a season with 495. The previous worst was 456 by Cincinnati in 1996. Southern Miss scored on its first five possessions. Woods scored on 1, 3, and 4-yard runs while also hooking up with Kelly on a 38-yard touchdown pass. James Walley had a 1-yard run that made it 21-0 with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Southern Miss led 42-6 at the half. Chris Scelfo is 13-22 at Tulane since being hired following Tommy Bowden's 12-0 season of 1998. ``Obviously when you start in August, you want to win a championship and go to a bowl game,'' Scelfo said. ``There's a good nucleus of guys (coming back) who took their lumps this season.'' Kelly hit Rocky Harrison on a 56-yard touchdown pass and Orlando Dantzler on an 18-yard pass as Southern Miss enjoyed its best offensive output of the season. Kelly also had a 1-yard run for a score. The Eagles outgained Tulane 512-325 in total yards and Kelly bested the 398 passing yards by Lee Roberts in 1996 against Houston. Kelly was 23-of-31 passing before being replaced by Micky D'Angelo in the fourth quarter. Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey closed his Tulane career with 29 school records, but was intercepted twice on a 19-of-33 afternoon for 170 yards. ``You can look at it from all different perspectives but they stopped us every time we touched the ball except once,'' Ramsey said. Mewelde Moore had 135 yards rushing on 20 carries. Moore's 262 carries for 1,421 yards were both school records and the sophomore was the first running back to gain over 100 yards on the Golden Eagles' defense this season.