Scores

Final

SMU 7

(1-5, 0-3 away)

Southern Miss 28

(3-3, 2-1 home)

7:36 PM ET, October 13, 2007

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 0 0 0 77
USM 0 21 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: S. Reaves (USM) - 206 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 19 CAR, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Nelson (USM) - 5 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 28, SMU 7

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Stephen Reaves ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his first start at quarterback for Southern Mississippi to lead the Golden Eagles to a 28-7 victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday.

The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Southern Miss (3-3, 1-1 in Conference USA) and extended the Mustangs' (1-5, 0-2) losing streak to four games.

After a scoreless first quarter, Southern Miss took control of the game with 21 straight points in the second period.

Reaves, who was 18-of-26 for 206 yards, hit Shawn Nelson on a 28-yard scoring pass at the 8:24 mark of the quarter.

Chris Johnson added to the lead when he raced 19 yards on a reverse for a score.

Golden Eagles running back Damion Fletcher, who eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career in the game, scored on a 3-yard plunge to make it 21-0 at halftime.

Reaves added a 7-yard scoring run early in the fourth period for a 28-0 lead.

SMU avoided its first shutout in three years when a scrambling Justin Willis hit DeMyron Martin on a 16-yard scoring pass with 6:46 to play.

Fletcher finished with 108 yards on 19 carries for Southern Miss -- the fourth time this season he has gone over the 100-yard mark in a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
USM
1st Downs2625
Total Yards361415
Passing191206
Rushing170209
Penalties10-925-49
3rd Down Conversions5-134-11
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers41
Possession30:3129:29

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willis19/311916.212
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reaves18/262067.911

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Willis20854.3039
Mapps8516.4017
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher191085.7125
Harrison10323.208

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders44711.8028
Sledge33110.3013
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson58116.2128
Johnson34916.3041

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSMUUSM
TD08:24Shawn Nelson 28 Yd Pass From Stephen Reaves (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 98 yds, 5:08
014
TD05:09Chris Johnson 19 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 31 yds, 1:48
07
TD00:45Damion Fletcher 3 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 73 yds, 1:29
021
FOURTH QUARTERSMUUSM
TD13:40Stephen Reaves 7 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:09
028
TD06:46Demyron Martin 16 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 75 yds, 3:21
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