Southern Miss 27

(5-3, 4-1 C-USA)

Marshall 24

(4-5, 3-3 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2005

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 OT T
USM 10 7 7 0 327
MRSH 0 7 3 14 024

Top Performers

Passing: D. Almond (USM) - 224 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Bradshaw (MRSH) - 30 CAR, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Moore (MRSH) - 8 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss hangs on to CUSA hopes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Darren McCaleb kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to lift Southern Mississippi to a 27-24 victory over Marshall on Tuesday night.

Southern Miss (5-3, 4-1 Conference USA) blew a double-digit lead for the second straight game. Unlike a 21-17 loss at North Carolina State on Oct. 29, the Golden Eagles recovered.

Marshall failed to score in overtime when freshman David DeFatta's 27-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright.

Southern Miss' Jasper Faulk blocked DeFatta's 24-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the fourth quarter. DeFatta had replaced Ian O'Connor earlier in the game after O'Connor had a field goal blocked and had a kickoff go out of bounds.

Southern Miss is 2-1 during a stretch of four straight road games and moved within a win of first-place Central Florida in the East Division. The Golden Eagles must play at Houston on Sunday, a game postponed from Sept. 24 because of Hurricane Rita.

League newcomer Marshall (4-5, 3-3) was eliminated from the East race and is one loss away from its first losing season since 1983.

The Thundering Herd have fallen twice at home this season, the first time that's happened in a decade. It was only the ninth home loss for Marshall since its stadium opened in 1991.

Marshall trailed 24-10 before backup quarterback Jimmy Skinner led the Thundering Herd to two fourth-quarter touchdowns in place of Bernie Morris, who left the game with an injured foot.

Shaun Lauzon was ruled out of bounds when he caught a 10-yard pass from Skinner in the end zone, but a replay official ruled it a touchdown. It was the fifth play to be overturned by the booth in the conference this season.

Marshall's Chris Royal then returned a punt 33 yards to the Southern Miss 30, and Ahmad Bradshaw eventually scored from 1 yard out to tie it at 24-24 with 8:32 left.

Bradshaw finished with a career-high 147 yards on 28 carries.

Southern Miss' Dustin Almond completed 17 of 28 passes for 224 yards but was limited to 59 yards after halftime.

He threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Pedi Causey in the second quarter and his 32-yard pass to Anthony Perine helped set up Cole Mason's 2-yard TD run at the end of the third.

Southern Miss' Larry Thomas ran for 115 yards on 24 carries, including a 3-yard TD.