Scores

Final

Memphis 29

(5-5, 3-2 away)

Southern Miss 26

(5-5, 2-3 home)

4:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 7 7 0 1529
USM 14 0 3 926

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hankins (MEM) - 396 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 21 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Calhoun (MEM) - 8 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Memphis 29, Southern Miss. 26

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Martin Hankins threw four touchdowns passes, including two in the final minutes, to rally Memphis to a 29-26 conference win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

Hankins hit Carlos Singleton on a 52-yard scoring pass with 1:04 to play to seal the win for the Tigers (5-5, 4-2 Conference USA).

The Golden Eagles (5-5, 4-3) led 26-14 after Brandon Sumrall's 86-yard interception return for a score with 10:22 to play. But Hankins, who finished with 396 yards, completing 35-of-48 passes, guided the Tigers on a pair of 76-yard touchdown drives to grab the win.

The first of those two drives ended in a 12-yard scoring strike to Earnest Williams with 4:21 to play. The Tigers then forced Southern Miss to punt on the ensuing drive.

Another highlight in the game came when Damion Fletcher scored for Southern Miss on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and became just the third player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Fletcher needed just 10 yards coming into the game to join Derrick Nix and Ben Garry as the only Golden Eagles with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Fletcher ran for 97 yards and the one score in the game, but it just wasn't enough.

Memphis came into the game with the league's No. 2. passing offense and it was obvious early in the match up when Hankins found Duke Calhoun on a 65-yard scoring pass just over five minutes into the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
USM
1st Downs2716
Total Yards422306
Passing396159
Rushing26147
Penalties6-607-82
3rd Down Conversions9-186-12
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession33:2126:39

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hankins35/483968.342
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Young11/171237.211

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Doss13131.004
Pitts11111.0011
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher21974.6112
Harrison9232.609

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Calhoun812415.5165
Singleton59619.2252
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Magee47619.0128
Baptiste46015.0036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMUSM
TD09:43Duke Calhoun 65 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 82 yds, :57
70
TD06:13Damion Fletcher 5 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 70 yds, 3:24
77
TD03:45Torris Magee 18 Yd Pass From Jeremy Young (Justin Estes Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 35 yds, :54
714
SECOND QUARTERMEMUSM
TD00:51Carlos Singleton 10 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 16 plays, 79 yds, 7:52
1414
THIRD QUARTERMEMUSM
FG12:51Justin Estes 28 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 60 yds, 2:03
1417
FOURTH QUARTERMEMUSM
FG14:37Justin Estes 34 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 63 yds, 7:10
1420
TD10:22Brandon Sumrall 82 Yd Interception Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1426
TD04:21Earnest Williams 12 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 76 yds, 5:51
2126
TD01:04Carlos Singleton 52 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Martin Hankins Pass To Maurice Jones For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 4 plays, 76 yds, 1:29
2926