Scores

Final

Southern Miss 24

(0-12, 0-8 C-USA)

Memphis 42

(4-8, 4-4 American)

4:30 PM ET, November 24, 2012

Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN

1 2 3 4 T
USM 3 7 0 1424
MEM 0 21 21 042

Top Performers

Passing: J. Karam (MEM) - 162 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Hayes (MEM) - 19 CAR, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Cross (MEM) - 3 REC, 49 YDS, 2 TD

Memphis 42, Southern Miss. 24

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Brandon Hayes ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Jai Steib added two rushing scores to help Memphis beat winless Southern Mississippi 42-24 on Saturday in the season finale for both teams.

Jacob Karam threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (4-8, 4-4 Conference USA). Memphis, which totaled nearly 450 yards on offense, earned its third straight victory for the first time since 2008.

Memphis took a 21-3 lead with 1:08 left in the second quarter on a 13-yard touchdown run by Steib, who finished with 89 yards on 16 carries.

Southern Miss scored just before halftime when Arsenio Favor connected with Jalen Richard on a 16-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-10. But the Tigers answered with three touchdowns in the third quarter to build enough cushion for the victory.

Anthony Alford threw for 110 yards and two touchdowns for Southern Miss (0-12, 0-8).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
MEM
1st Downs1623
Total Yards288437
Passing193162
Rushing95275
Penalties5-4010-83
3rd Down Conversions8-168-11
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers11
Possession27:3832:22

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Alford6/911012.220
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Karam12/181629.020

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Richard12433.6018
Alford9343.8021
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes191156.1220
Steib16895.6215

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bracken36722.3126
Briggs25226.0035
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones48822.0038
Cross34916.3238

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMMEM
FG08:06Corey Acosta 49 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERUSMMEM
TD14:21Jai Steib 4 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 37
TD05:24Alan Cross 1 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 314
TD01:08Jai Steib 13 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 321
TD00:04Jalen Richard 16 Yd Pass From Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERUSMMEM
TD13:29Brandon Hayes 9 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 1028
TD09:49Alan Cross 38 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques Kick) 1035
TD05:21Brandon Hayes 11 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 1042
FOURTH QUARTERUSMMEM
TD14:01Quentin Pierce 9 Yd Pass From Anthony Alford (Corey Acosta Kick) 1742
TD02:59Tyre Bracken 26 Yd Pass From Anthony Alford (Corey Acosta Kick) 2442