MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - 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).
|USM||Corey Acosta 49 yd FG|
|MEMP||Jai Steib 4 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Alan Cross 1 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Jai Steib 13 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|USM||Jalen Richard 16 yd pass from Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta kick)|
|MEMP||Brandon Hayes 9 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Alan Cross 38 yd pass from Jacob Karam (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|MEMP||Brandon Hayes 11 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|USM||Quentin Pierce 9 yd pass from Anthony Alford (Corey Acosta kick)|
|USM||Tyre Bracken 26 yd pass from Anthony Alford (Corey Acosta kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||8-16||8-11|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||25||95|
|Punt Return Yds||0||67|
|Time of Poss.||27:38||32:22|
|USM: Jalen Richard 12-43, Anthony Alford 9-34, Kendrick Hardy 5-13, Arsenio Favor 5-5, Tyre Bracken 1-0|
|MEMP: Brandon Hayes 19-115, Jai Steib 16-89, Jacob Karam 4-42, Tevin Jones 3-19, Keiwone Malone 1-6, Jamere Valentine 1-4|
|USM: Arsenio Favor 7-18-83-0, Anthony Alford 6-9-110-0|
|MEMP: Jacob Karam 12-18-162-0|
|USM: Tyre Bracken 3-67, Chris Briggs 2-52, Quentin Pierce 2-18, Jalen Richard 2-12, Justin Burdette 1-27, Kendrick Hardy 1-7, Justin Sims 1-5, Dominique Sullivan 1-5|
|MEMP: Tevin Jones 4-88, Alan Cross 3-49, Marcus Rucker 2-13, Jesse Milleson 2-9, Brandon Hayes 1-3|
|Southern Mississippi||5th Conference USA East||1-7||1-11|
|Memphis||9th American Athletic||1-6||3-8|