Scores

Final

UCF 29

(4-6, 2-4 American)

(22) Southern Miss 30

(9-1, 5-1 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, November 12, 2011

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 3 3 3 2029
#22USM 7 6 3 1430

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 364 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Woodyard (USM) - 12 CAR, 70 YDS

Receiving: J. Worton (UCF) - 11 REC, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Danny Hrapmann kicks five FGs as Southern Miss barely survives scare from UCF

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Danny Hrapmann kicked five field goals and Southern Miss (No. 22 BCS, No. 25 AP) hung onto its Conference USA title hopes and avoided an upset with a 30-29 win over Central Florida on Saturday night.

Central Florida's J.J. Whorton caught a 25-yard touchdown pass as time expired, but Southern Miss safety Jacorious Cotton got a hand on Blake Bortles' 2-point conversion pass to seal the win.

Hrapmann made all five field-goal attempts, including kicks of 42, 44 and 48 yards, and made both of his extra point attempts to propel Southern Miss to its first 9-1 start since 1962.

Austin Davis threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns.

Bortles came on in relief of UCF starter Jeff Godfrey and completed 24 of 34 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

Central Florida (4-6) has lost four of its last five games and six out of eight.

Southern Miss was turned away in the red zone four times and never established a running game, managing 127 yards on the ground.

The Knights held Southern Miss to three third-down conversions on 14 attempts. One of those conversions came with Southern Miss trailing 23-22 on 3rd-and-7 from the Southern Miss 23. Davis found Briggs down the sideline for a 34-yard pass, and five plays later, connected for a 4-yard, go-ahead touchdown.

Southern Miss won at least a share of the Conference USA East title, but still needs to win one of its last two against UAB and Memphis to earn a berth in the championship game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
USM
1st Downs2223
Total Yards364519
Passing316392
Rushing48127
Penalties11-8413-103
3rd Down Conversions5-133-14
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers31
Possession32:3827:22

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bortles24/342487.321
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis26/483647.620

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray4194.807
Weaver11121.108
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodyard12705.8015
Lampley4246.0018

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Worton1111410.4125
Guyton45814.5021
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Balentine612220.3032
Bolden59519.0060

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFUSM
FG09:01Nick Cattoi 48 Yd 30
TD01:55Bruce Johnson 1 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERUCFUSM
FG07:35Danny Hrapmann 28 Yd 310
FG03:40Nick Cattoi 38 Yd 610
FG00:08Danny Hrapmann 22 Yd 613
THIRD QUARTERUCFUSM
FG07:07Danny Hrapmann 44 Yd 616
FG03:34Nick Cattoi 41 Yd 916
FOURTH QUARTERUCFUSM
FG13:40Danny Hrapmann 46 Yd 919
TD13:28Latavius Murray 69 Yd Kickoff Return (Nick Cattoi Kick) 1619
FG11:56Danny Hrapmann 48 Yd 1622
TD08:24Ronnie Weaver 13 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Nick Cattoi Kick) 2322
TD05:52Chris Briggs 4 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Austin Davis Pass To Lamar Holmes For Two-Point Conversion) 2330
TD00:00J.J. Worton 25 Yd Pass From Blake Bortles (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2930