8:00 PM ET, November 5, 2006
Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeremy Young threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Southern Mississippi to a 42-21 victory over Memphis on Sunday night.
Young, who completed 11 of 21 passes, helped Southern Miss built a 28-0 midway through the second quarter.
The ground game was unexpectedly anchored by Tory Harrison, who had 12 carries for 138 yards. Harrison had played in only two games this season, gaining 27 yards.
Memphis (1-8, 0-5 Conference USA) lost its seventh straight game, the first seven-game losing streak for the Tigers since 1986. Joseph Doss rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Southern Miss snapped a two-game losing skid.
The Golden Eagles (5-4, 3-2) built their advantage by dominating in the game's early stages, then holding on despite a less effective second half offensively. In the third quarter, Southern Miss managed only 46 yards. The Golden Eagles finished the night with 486 yards of offense.
Meanwhile, Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins completed only three of 19 pass for 27 yards in the second half.
The game was delayed at the end of the first quarter when Memphis kick returner Antonio McCoy suffered an injury to his left leg on the return after the Golden Eagles' third touchdown. The game was delayed 13 minutes before McCoy was removed on a golf cart. There was no immediate information on the extent of McCoy's injury.
Southern Miss led 35-14 at the half after dominating the Tigers on both sides of the ball.
The Tigers would have been in better shape had they not let Southern Miss build a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and extend it to 28-0 in the second period. After the Golden Eagles had scored four times, Memphis had only 42 yards of offense, and that included minus-3 yards passing.
Southern Mississippi scored the first three times it had the ball. The first drive, which ended with Johnson's 7-yard touchdown catch, was 91 yards and took more than five minutes off the clock.
But the other six scoring drives in the half took six plays or less.
Memphis finally got untracked with just over three minutes left in the half when Doss capped an eight-play, 62-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Tigers would add another touchdown just before halftime when Hankins connected with Earnest Williams for a 35-yard scoring pass.
The Southern Miss dominance was evident on the stat sheet as the Golden Eagles collected 306 yards of total offense in the first half, many of them on big plays as they averaged nine yards a play.
Young, who had only 79 yards passing and one touchdown in a loss to East Carolina a week earlier, had 171 yards at the break.
A 19-yard pass from reserve quarterback Stephen Reaves to tight end Shawn Nelson in the fourth quarter was the only Southern Miss score of the second half. Memphis got a late 3-yard touchdown run for Duke Calhoun.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-11||3-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||3-3|
|TD||9:46||CHRIS JOHNSON 7 YD PASS FROM JEREMY YOUNG (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 91 yards.
|TD||5:58||DAMION FLETCHER 1 YD RUN (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||0:28||ANTHONY PERINE 27 YD PASS FROM JEREMY YOUNG (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||6:57||BOBBY WEAKLEY 1 YD RUN (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||3:13||JOSEPH DOSS 1 YD RUN (MATT REAGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||2:02||CHRIS JOHNSON 24 YD PASS FROM JEREMY YOUNG (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yards.
|TD||0:42||EARNEST WILLIAMS 35 YD PASS FROM MARTIN HANKINS (MATT REAGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:17||SHAWN NELSON 19 YD PASS FROM STEPHEN REAVES (DARREN MCCALEB KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||4:33||DUKE CALHOUN 3 YD RUN (MATT REAGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yards.