Scores

Final

(25) Southern Miss 48

(8-1, 4-1 C-USA)

East Carolina 28

(4-5, 3-2 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, GREENVILLE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
#25USM 21 17 7 348
ECU 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: D. Davis (ECU) - 262 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Johnson (USM) - 11 CAR, 47 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Wiggins (ECU) - 4 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Jamie Collins' interception return TD boosts Southern Miss

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
ECU
1st Downs1724
Total Yards299420
Passing162309
Rushing137111
Penalties8-653-35
3rd Down Conversions3-109-19
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers12
Possession24:1535:45

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis16/241335.510
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis22/362627.322

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodyard10575.7034
Johnson11474.3110
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt19532.809
Davis13241.8115

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden34515.0029
Balentine3289.3016
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wiggins48521.3172
Hardy7649.1121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMECU
TD14:08Reese Wiggins 72 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 07
TD09:19Jamie Collins 97 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 77
TD07:44Tracy Lampley 60 Yd Punt Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 147
TD05:08Emmanuel Johnson 15 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 217
SECOND QUARTERUSMECU
TD13:42Jamal Woodyard 8 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 287
TD07:36Dominique Davis 3 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 2814
FG04:25Danny Hrapmann 23 Yd 3114
TD03:27Deron Wilson 79 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 3814
THIRD QUARTERUSMECU
TD08:27Justin Hardy 3 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 3821
TD00:25Desmond Johnson 3 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 4521
FOURTH QUARTERUSMECU
FG11:14Danny Hrapmann 38 Yd 4821
TD00:53Alex Owah 8 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 4828