Scores

Final

Houston 41

(5-6, 4-4 American)

Southern Miss 59

(8-3, 5-2 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, November 20, 2010

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 13 7 0 2141
USM 14 10 14 2159

Top Performers

Passing: D. Piland (HOU) - 467 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Hardy (USM) - 26 CAR, 205 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: P. Edwards (HOU) - 7 REC, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Southern Miss. 59, Houston 41

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Austin Davis rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more as Southern Mississippi ran past Houston 59-41 on Saturday night.

Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries to give the Golden Eagles (8-3) an emotional win just six days after three players were shot outside a Hattiesburg nightclub.

One of those players, linebacker Martez Smith, made an appearance before the game to be honored on Senior Day.

Houston quarterback David Piland set the single-game passing record for M.M. Roberts Stadium with 467 yards and four touchdowns, but it didn't make up for an anemic rushing game that accounted for just 30 yards on 19 attempts.

Kendrick Hardy rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries for Southern Miss, Patrick Edwards caught seven passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns and James Cleveland added nine catches for 115 yards and a score.

The two offenses combined for 100 points, 1,133 yards of total offense and were 13-of-13 collectively in red-zone scoring.

The Cougars also had 220 kick return yards and returned a partially blocked field goal attempt 90 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, but did not score on offense in the second or third quarter while Southern Miss built a 38-20 lead.

Houston (5-6) fell to 4-4 in Conference USA play and out of contention for the league's Western Division title.

Southern Miss improved to 5-2 in the conference and needs a win next week over Tulsa and a Central Florida loss to Memphis for a chance at a Conference USA championship berth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
USM
1st Downs2130
Total Yards491642
Passing467293
Rushing24349
Penalties2-204-40
3rd Down Conversions2-118-14
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers10
Possession22:3137:29

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Piland28/474679.941
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis24/312939.520

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes6213.5015
Beall10171.706
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy262057.9260
Davis171116.5429

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards712517.9238
Cleveland911512.8126
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lampley37023.3053
Bolden36020.0152

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUUSM
FG12:41Matt Hogan 37 Yd 30
TD09:57Austin Davis 1 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 37
TD07:27Kierrie Johnson 54 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 107
TD06:07Austin Davis 2 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 1014
FG03:24Matt Hogan 27 Yd 1314
SECOND QUARTERHOUUSM
TD14:49Kelvin Bolden 52 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 1321
FG05:30Danny Hrapmann 22 Yd 1324
TD00:00Tyron Carrier 89 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Matt Hogan Kick) 2024
THIRD QUARTERHOUUSM
TD12:11Kendrick Hardy 17 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2031
TD07:30Austin Davis 1 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2038
FOURTH QUARTERHOUUSM
TD14:15Kendrick Hardy 1 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2045
TD13:14James Cleveland 6 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 2745
TD10:53Deon Hodges 13 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2752
TD09:18Patrick Edwards 11 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 3452
TD05:18Austin Davis 10 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 3459
TD03:11Patrick Edwards 13 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 4159