Scores

Final

Florida Atl 41

(4-6, 3-4 C-USA)

Southern Miss 7

(0-10, 0-6 C-USA)

12:30 PM ET, November 16, 2013

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 7 20 14 041
USM 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: N. Mullens (USM) - 169 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Johnson (FAU) - 19 CAR, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Triplett (USM) - 3 REC, 43 YDS

Florida Atlantic runs over Southern Miss 41-7

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Two games does not a season make, but Florida Atlantic has been as good as it can be with interim head football coach Brian Wright at the helm as he led Florida Atlantic to a 41-7 win Saturday over Southern Miss at Roberts Stadium.

For Southern Miss, the misery continued as the Golden Eagles forged another link for the nation's longest losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 22 games.

FAU (4-6, 3-4) notched back-to-back victories for the first time since the 2010 season, and improved to 2-0 since Wright replaced Carl Pelini, who was dismissed over alleged illegal drug use.

Jaquez Johnson and Jay Warren both rushed for more than 100 yards as Florida Atlantic piled up 333 yards on the ground.

Johnson, the Owls' dual-threat quarterback, rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, while Warren tacked on 105 yards on 18 carries. Damian Fortner added 94 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.

FAU attempted just 12 passes while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. The Owls turned three Southern Miss turnovers into 13, first-half points, including a 61-yard interception return for a score by safety Christian Milstead giving FAU a 27-0 halftime lead.

Short scoring runs by Johnson and Fortner left FAU ahead 41-0 in the third quarter before Southern Miss averted its first shutout since 2003 on a 4-yard run by quarterback Nick Mullens with 10:57 to play.

Southern Miss was held to a season-low 189 total yards offense, its first game with less than 200 yards in a game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAU
USM
1st Downs2016
Total Yards368189
Passing35169
Rushing33320
Penalties5-703-38
3rd Down Conversions3-144-13
4th Down Conversions3-40-0
Turnovers03
Possession34:1925:41

Passing Leaders

Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson5/9374.100
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mullens12/371694.602

Rushing Leaders

Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson191115.8216
Warren181055.8033
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy9333.7012
Payne3217.0010

Receiving Leaders

Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Howard22211.0012
Dukes11212.0012
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Triplett34314.3017
Revies23316.5032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFAUUSM
TD09:11Damian Fortner 1 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERFAUUSM
FG14:01Mitch Anderson 40 Yd 100
FG10:05Mitch Anderson 33 Yd 130
TD05:06Jaquez Johnson 5 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 200
TD00:52Christian Milstead 61 Yd Interception Return (Mitch Anderson Kick) 270
THIRD QUARTERFAUUSM
TD09:54Jaquez Johnson 1 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 340
TD04:15Damian Fortner 4 Yd Run (Mitch Anderson Kick) 410
FOURTH QUARTERFAUUSM
TD10:57Nick Mullens 4 Yd Run (Corey Acosta Kick) 417

Research Notes

Entering this week's action, five FBS teams (incl. reclassifying Georgia State) had yet to win a game this season. Thus far this weekend, four of those winless teams (Miami [OH], Southern Mississippi, Georgia State & Connecticut) have already lost, while Hawaii hosts San Diego State later tonight.
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