HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Jeremy Young threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Southern Mississippi won the Conference USA East Division title with a 42-7 win over Marshall on Saturday.
Southern Miss (8-4, 6-2) advances to the conference championship game against West Division leader Houston. The Golden Eagles beat Houston 31-27 earlier in the season.
Damion Fletcher ran for 151 yards and set a school record for most yards rushing in a season by a freshman. He had a 7-yard scoring run on the second play of the fourth quarter, and now has 1,240 yards on the season.
Marshall (5-7, 4-4) needed a win to become bowl eligible, but couldn't get into an offensive rhythm, turning the ball over five times and watching its season come to an end.
The Golden Eagles took the opening drive 82 yards in nine plays, capped by Young's 2-yard touchdown pass to Conrad Chanove.
After stopping Marshall on the ensuing drive, Ladarius Webb blocked a punt and Michael McGee recovered the ball for a touchdown.
Southern Miss led 14-0 less than eight minutes into the game, and never trailed.
Marshall cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the first quarter when Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 14-yard run.
But Young padded Southern Miss' lead when he hit Shawn Nelson on a 23-yard touchdown pass with just 33 seconds to play in the first half. The Eagles dominated the second half, and Marshal couldn't manage to score.