UT Martin 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Southern Miss 35

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2007

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UTM 3 3 0 713
USM 0 14 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: J. Young (USM) - 115 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 19 CAR, 156 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (USM) - 2 REC, 36 YDS, 1 TD

Golden Eagles 35, Skyhawks 13

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Damion Fletcher ran for 156 yards and a touchdown as Southern Miss beat Tennessee-Martin 35-13 on Saturday.

Fletcher scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter to put Southern Miss up 21-6.

The sophomore also eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark in his career during the game.

It was the first meeting between the Golden Eagles (1-0) and the Skyhawks (0-1), who are members of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA. Tennessee-Martin is coached by Jason Simpson, a former player for Southern Miss' Jeff Bower, and two of his assistants also coached for Bower in Hattiesburg.

The Golden Eagles fell behind 6-0 early on field goals of 24 and 25 yards by the Skyhawks' Tom Hansen.

But Southern Miss rallied to take a 14-6 lead at halftime, thanks mostly to Fletcher. He had 122 yards rushing in the first half.

A 36-yard run by Fletcher set up Jeremy Young's 1-yard quarterback sneak for a score. And Fletcher's 21-yard run led to a 14-yard reverse for a touchdown by Chris Johnson.