Darius Bradwell scored a touchdown for the seventh straight game and led a 364-yard rushing attack that carried Tulane to a surprising 41-15 rout of South Florida on Saturday.
The Green Wave (4-5, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) won in the state of Florida for the first time since 1977, ending a 13-game skid with a dominating performance against an opponent suddenly reeling after spending three weeks ranked in the Top 25.
Bradwell rambled 73 yards untouched to put Tulane up 34-3 late in the third quarter and finished with 134 yards on 15 carries. Corey Dauphine rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and graduate transfer Justin McMillan ran for his third TD in two starts as the Green Wave quarterback.
South Florida (7-2, 3-2) has dropped two straight for the first time since 2015. The Bulls tumbled from the Top 25 following a 57-36 loss at Houston and were thoroughly outplayed Saturday in falling behind 27-3 at halftime.
Tulane kept USF’s potent offense out of the end zone until Johnny Ford scored on a 5-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter. Blake Barnett’s fourth-quarter TD run pulled the Bulls within 34-15.
The Green Wave outgained the Bulls 255 yards to 126 in the opening half, despite only having the ball for seven more offensive snaps.
McMillan, who transferred to Tulane from LSU, only attempted 11 passes, completing four for 61 yards without an interception. He scored on a 33-yard run in the first quarter, taking up where he left the previous week in rushing for two TDs in 24-17 victory over Tulsa.
Barnett, meanwhile, was 29 of 49 for 343 yards, one touchdown and one interception for USF, which saw its nation-best streak of scoring at least 20 points end at 38 games. The graduate transfer from Arizona State also led the Bulls with 44 yards rushing.
Tulane: The Green Wave have won two straight on the road, improving to 3-2 in conference play for the first time since joining the American in 2014. McMillan is 2-0 as the starting quarterback and has thrown for just 153 yards in the victories.
South Florida: The Bulls have rallied from double-digit deficits to win three times this season, but trailing by 24 proved to be too big an obstacle. They outgained Tulane 437 yards to 425, but were outrushed 364 to 94.
Tulane: Home vs. East Carolina, Saturday
South Florida: At Cincinnati, Saturday