Scores

Final/OT

UTEP 40

(2-3, 2-0 C-USA)

Southern Miss 37

(2-3, 0-2 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 OT T
UTEP 7 10 3 7 1340
USM 14 0 7 6 1037

Top Performers

Passing: T. Vittatoe (UTEP) - 266 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 34 CAR, 260 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Brown (USM) - 8 REC, 110 YDS, 1 TD

UTEP 40, Southern Miss. 37, OT

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Trevor Vittatoe threw four touchdown passes, including the game winner in double overtime, as UTEP defeated Southern Mississippi 40-37 on Saturday night.

Vittatoe hit Chris Adams on a 7-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime, after Southern Miss' Britt Barefoot gave the Golden Eagles a 37-34 lead with a 28-yard field goal.

It was the second consecutive victory for UTEP (2-3, 2-0 Conference USA) and the second straight loss for the Golden Eagles (2-3, 0-2).

Southern Miss is 0-2 in league play for the first time in the 13-year history of Conference USA.

The loss overshadowed a career-high effort by Damion Fletcher, who had 34 carries for 260 yards, becoming the program's all-time leading rusher in the third quarter. He has 3,654 career yards, passing Ben Garry, who finished with 3,595.

The 260-yard effort was also the second highest single-game mark in school history.

Vittatoe was 24 of 41 for 263 yards and four scores.

The Miners led 17-14 at halftime, thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Jose Martinez with 1:25 to go in the second quarter.

Fletcher gave USM an early lead on a 1-yard scoring run five minutes into the game.

Justin Estes missed a pair of short field goals for the Golden Eagles in the first half, one after Fletcher ran 56 yards to the Miners' 13.

Tory Harrison also had a 1-yard scoring run for USM in the second quarter.

The Miners responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vittatoe to Adams and an 11-yard touchdown run by Donald Buckram in the first half.

Martinez made the score 20-14 with a 34-yard field goal at the 11:33 mark of the third quarter.

UTEP tried an onside kick that USM recovered at midfield. The Golden Eagles took advantage of it to take the lead with a 10-yard scoring pass from Austin Davis to Shawn Nelson.

The Miners came back with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Vittatoe to Tufick Shadrawy on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 27-21 lead.

But Barefoot replaced Estes in the second half, and despite missing his first attempt, kicked a pair of short field goals in the fourth quarter. The second, from 22 yards out on the final play of regulation, sent the game into overtime.

The teams traded 4-yard scoring passes in the first overtime, as Vittatoe hit Terrell Jackson and USM's Austin Davis found DeAndre Brown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
USM
1st Downs2526
Total Yards382541
Passing266264
Rushing116277
Penalties3-308-95
3rd Down Conversions8-1610-16
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers01
Possession32:4227:18

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe25/432666.240
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis21/372647.121

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buckram12594.9111
Jackson12393.307
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher342607.6156
Harrison4153.818

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shadrawy46616.5124
Hunt34816.0023
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown811013.8136
Nelson7578.1116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD09:58Damion Fletcher 4 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 07
TD03:46Kris Adams 10 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 77
TD00:19Tory Harrison 1 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD13:08Donald Buckram 11 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 1414
FG01:25Jose Martinez 37 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERUTEPUSM
FG11:33Jose Martinez 34 Yd 2014
TD08:45Shawn Nelson 10 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Justin Estes Kick) 2021
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD14:46Tufick Shadrawy 13 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 2721
FG12:03Britt Barefoot 29 Yd 2724
FG00:00Britt Barefoot 22 Yd 2727
OVERTIMEUTEPUSM
TDTerrell Jackson 4 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 3427
TDDeandre Brown 4 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 3434
2ND OVERTIMEUTEPUSM
FGBritt Barefoot 28 Yd 3437
TDKris Adams 6 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe 4037