Scores

Final

Southern Miss 33

(4-3, 3-1 C-USA)

Marshall 24

(0-7, 0-3 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, October 21, 2007

Edwards Stadium, HUNTINGTON, WV

1 2 3 4 T
USM 13 7 6 733
MRSH 0 10 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: S. Reaves (USM) - 310 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 30 CAR, 152 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Magee (USM) - 7 REC, 156 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 33, Marshall 24

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Damion Fletcher ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns to lead Southern Miss to a 33-24 victory over Marshall on Sunday night.

Southern Miss (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA) jumped ahead 20-0 and withstood a second-half rally by Marshall to move into a tie for first place with East Carolina in the East Division.

Marshall (0-7, 0-3) once was virtually unbeatable at home, but has lost three games in a season at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for the second time in three years. The Thundering Herd are on pace for their worst season since going 1-10 in 1979. Marshall hasn't had a winless season since 1968.

Justin Estes kicked field goals on consecutive drives to put Southern Miss ahead 26-10 midway through the third quarter, but the Golden Eagles punted on their next three possessions and Marshall drew closer.

Darius Marshall's 8-yard TD run capped a 79-yard drive and Bernard Morris found Darius Passmore with a 47-yard TD toss that pulled Marshall to 26-24 midway through the fourth.

Marshall's Maurice Kitchens was called for pass interference that kept alive a drive that ended with Fletcher's 2-yard TD run with a minute left in the game.

Fletcher, who rushed for 151 yards against Marshall as a freshman a year ago, had another big game against one of the nation's worst defenses. Southern Miss started drives in Marshall territory on both of its first-quarter TDs, runs of 36 and 2 yards by Fletcher.

Golden Eagles quarterback Stephen Reaves was effective in his third game since taking over for injured starter Jeremy Young. Reaves completed 23 of 30 passes for 310 yards.

After Southern Miss' Justin Wilson made his first career interception in the end zone in the first quarter, Reaves found Torris Magee at the Southern Miss 45 and Magee raced the rest of the way for an 85-yard score and a 20-0 lead. It was the longest TD pass in Southern Miss history, breaking the mark of 83 yards from Andrew Anderson to Andrew Mott against Louisville in 1985.

Morris went 20-of-38 for 309 yards and two scores. He also threw three interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
MRSH
1st Downs2120
Total Yards470408
Passing310309
Rushing16099
Penalties5-524-24
3rd Down Conversions6-153-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers04
Possession33:4426:16

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reaves23/3031010.310
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris20/383098.123

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher301525.1336
Harrison8212.606
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall14624.4111
Small55410.8030

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Magee715622.3185
Nelson5499.8026
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Passmore510521.0147
Edmonson47819.5032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD13:31Damion Fletcher 36 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yds, :56
60
TD01:19Damion Fletcher 2 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 41 yds, 1:41
130
SECOND QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD13:21Torris Magee 85 Yd Pass From Stephen Reaves (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 85 yds, :12
200
FG08:46Anthony Binswanger 39 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 56 yds, 4:35
203
TD05:40Cody Slate 27 Yd Pass From Bernard Morris (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 33 yds, 1:29
2010
THIRD QUARTERUSMMRSH
FG11:55Justin Estes 22 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 66 yds, 3:05
2310
FG06:09Justin Estes 31 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 61 yds, 4:40
2610
TD00:37Darius Marshall 8 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 79 yds, 1:10
2617
FOURTH QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD09:59Darius Passmore 47 Yd Pass From Bernard Morris (Anthony Binswanger Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 89 yds, 2:07
2624
TD01:21Damion Fletcher 2 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 91 yds, 5:56
3324