Scores

Final

Memphis 7

(2-10, 1-5 away)

Southern Miss 44

(10-2, 6-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, November 26, 2011

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 0 0 0 77
USM 10 24 10 044

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 277 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Johnson (USM) - 11 CAR, 103 YDS

Receiving: T. Lampley (USM) - 5 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 44, Memphis 7

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Austin Davis passed for 277 yards and two scores, and ran for another as Southern Mississippi breezed past Memphis 44-7 Saturday.

Davis completed 14 of 26 passes to give the Golden Eagles (10-2) their first Conference USA Eastern Division title since 2006 and their first 10-win season since 1988.

Southern Mississippi will play at No. 8-ranked Houston in the conference championship game next Saturday.

A week after falling from all three major polls with a 34-31 loss to UAB, Southern Miss came out firing and outgained Memphis 540 yards to 174 and racked up 25 first downs.

The Tigers (2-10) have now won five games in the past three seasons combined.

Southern Miss running back Desmond Johnson rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries.

Tracy Lampley added 44 yards on seven carries and caught five passes for 116 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown from Davis on a flea-flicker.

Southern Miss kicker Danny Hrapmann was 3-of-3 on field goal attempts and 5-of-5 on extra points.

The Golden Eagles defense forced three turnovers and returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns.

The first came with just over a minute left in the first half on a 35-yard return by Deron Wilson. The second was a 100-yard return by Kendrick Presley with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

Memphis (2-10) managed just 21 rushing yards on 23 attempts. The Tigers narrowly avoided a shutout with a late defensive score when Mitch Huelsing recovered a Southern Miss fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 6:54 remaining.

Tigers quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 21 of his 45 attempts for 174 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
USM
1st Downs1425
Total Yards181540
Passing174285
Rushing7255
Penalties3-256-65
3rd Down Conversions4-166-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers33
Possession29:1930:41

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin21/451743.902
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis14/2627710.721

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gibson10171.705
Summerlin252.5010
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson111039.4026
Lampley7446.3017

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rehrer7537.6013
Travis4338.3012
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lampley511623.2149
Johnson25728.5056

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMUSM
TD08:30Ryan Balentine 41 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 07
FG01:47Danny Hrapmann 23 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERMEMUSM
FG12:54Danny Hrapmann 35 Yd 013
TD11:44Tracy Lampley 49 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 020
TD04:56Austin Davis 18 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 027
TD01:18Deron Wilson 35 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 034
THIRD QUARTERMEMUSM
FG07:09Danny Hrapmann 27 Yd 037
TD01:17Kendrick Presley 100 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 044
FOURTH QUARTERMEMUSM
TD06:54Mitch Huelsing Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Paulo Henriques Kick) 744