Scores

Final

UTEP 34

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

Southern Miss 33

(0-11, 0-7 C-USA)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

8:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 3 17 0 1434
USM 10 7 3 1333

Top Performers

Passing: A. Favor (ALST) - 374 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: N. Jeffery (UTEP) - 21 CAR, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Q. Pierce (USM) - 2 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD

UTEP 34, Southern Miss. 33

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Autrey Golden returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Texas-El Paso defense held when it counted most to propel the Miners past Southern Mississippi 34-33 Saturday night.

After Golden's big return gave UTEP (3-8, 2-5 Conference USA) the 34-27 lead, the Golden Eagles (0-11, 0-7) responded with an 86-yard drive that cut the lead to one with 2:48 left. Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson opted for a two-point conversion attempt, but Arsenio Favor's pass was intercepted by Demarcus Kizzie in the end zone.

UTEP quarterback Blaire Sullivan finished with 155 yards on 9-of-15 passing and rushed for 98 yards and a score. Nathan Jeffery added 76 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs of one and three yards in the second quarter.

Favor, the fourth Golden Eagles' quarterback to start in 2012, completed 16 of 22 attempts for a season-high 374 yards and two touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
USM
1st Downs1619
Total Yards359532
Passing189374
Rushing170158
Penalties2-206-63
3rd Down Conversions7-144-10
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers01
Possession30:1329:47

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan9/171559.100
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Favor16/2237417.021

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sullivan19985.2140
Jeffery21763.6220
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson16593.7112
Richard7446.3012

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards48922.3047
Leslie24120.5034
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce212562.5181
Sullivan28743.5146

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD11:54Dominique Sullivan 41 Yd Pass From Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta Kick) 07
FG08:56Steven Valadez 29 Yd 37
FG00:33Corey Acosta 29 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD12:06Nathan Jeffery 1 Yd Run (Steven Valadez Kick) 1010
TD10:01Nathan Jeffery 3 Yd Run (Steven Valadez Kick) 1710
TD05:12Desmond Johnson 1 Yd Run (Corey Acosta Kick) 1717
FG00:37Steven Valadez 26 Yd 2017
THIRD QUARTERUTEPUSM
FG09:13Corey Acosta 36 Yd 2020
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPUSM
TD12:05Blaire Sullivan 9 Yd Run (Steven Valadez Kick) 2720
TD06:36Quentin Pierce 81 Yd Pass From Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta Kick) 2727
TD06:22Autrey Golden 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Steven Valadez Kick) 3427
TD02:48Arsenio Favor 2 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3433