GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Jamie Collins scored on a 97-yard interception return and Deron Wilson added one of 79 yards to lead Southern Mississippi (BCS No. 25) to a 48-28 win over East Carolina on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles also got return touchdowns on punt plays as Tracy Lampley scored from 60 yards and Emmanuel Johnson scooped up a blocked punt and rambled 15 yards for another touchdown.
Southern Miss (8-1, 4-1 Conference USA) gave up a 72-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Davis to Reese Wiggins on the second play of the game, but the Golden Eagles scored the next four touchdowns en route to a 38-14 halftime lead.
Southern Miss seized control of C-USA's East Division with its seventh straight win, while East Carolina (4-5, 3-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Golden Eagles have dominated the series against the Pirates with wins in 16 of their last 19 visits to East Carolina.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Deron Wilson picked off Dominique Davis for a TD that put USM up 38-14.
Gameball goes to... The return game. The Golden Eagles scored four times on various forms of returns.
Stat of the game... 16. The Golden Eagles have wins in 16 of their last 19 visits to East Carolina.