Scores

Final

SMU 3

(5-2, 3-1 American)

Southern Miss 27

(6-1, 2-1 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, October 22, 2011

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 0 3 0 03
USM 10 0 3 1427

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 266 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Z. Line (SMU) - 22 CAR, 163 YDS

Receiving: K. Bolden (USM) - 9 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 27, SMU 3

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Mississippi defense turned in its best performance in three years, helping the Golden Eagles to a 27-3 win over Southern Methodist in Conference USA play.

Southern Miss (6-1, 2-1) held the high-powered SMU offense to 330 yards and 14 first downs and forced two late turnovers to put the game away.

Trailing 13-3 at halftime, SMU (5-2, 3-1) drove into Southern Miss territory twice in the second half. The Mustangs were forced to punt the first time, then Golden Eagles cornerback Markese Wheaton intercepted a J.J. McDermott pass in the end zone for a touchback.

He intercepted McDermott again on the next SMU drive and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown with 6:54 left.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was 27 of 37 for 266 yards and a touchdown.

SMU running back Zach Line rushed for 163 yards, but couldn't score on eight carries inside the 10-yard-line.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
USM
1st Downs1428
Total Yards330453
Passing173266
Rushing157187
Penalties9-555-54
3rd Down Conversions4-138-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers22
Possession27:5832:02

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDermott16/321735.402
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis27/372667.211

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Line221637.4046
Williams111.001
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodyard121169.7155
Davis9313.4010

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beasley79613.7035
Wilkerson34013.3025
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden9819.0118
Sullivan34715.7022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUUSM
FG10:28Danny Hrapmann 27 Yd 03
TD06:57Kelvin Bolden 13 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERSMUUSM
FG07:57Chase Hover 19 Yd 310
THIRD QUARTERSMUUSM
FG09:14Danny Hrapmann 24 Yd 313
FOURTH QUARTERSMUUSM
TD07:30Jamal Woodyard 55 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 320
TD06:54Marquese Wheaton 41 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 327