Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech beats Southern Miss 36-13


RUSTON, La. (AP) Kenneth Dixon ran for 207 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to lead Louisiana Tech to a 36-13 victory over Southern Miss Saturday night.

Louisiana Tech (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) set the tone with an early safety. Backup Scotty Young found Trent Taylor for a 13-yard score on the ensuing drive to give the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead. Young finished with 158 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Corey Acosta kicked 26-yard field goal to get Southern Miss (0-9, 0-5) on the board. Following a Louisiana Tech touchdown, Acosta drilled a 50-yarder to cut the lead to 16-6.

Louisiana Tech's defense owned the second half, shutting out Southern Miss. The defense forced four turnovers in addition to the early safety.

Nick Mullens finished 25 of 51 for 298 yards with three interceptions in his third career start for Southern Miss. The loss extended the Golden Eagles losing streak to 21 games.

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Scoring Summary
LATECH Team safety
LATECHTrent Taylor 13 yd pass from Scotty Young (Kyle Fischer kick)
USMCorey Acosta 22 yd FG
LATECHSterling Griffin 3 yd pass from Scotty Young (Kyle Fischer kick)
USMCorey Acosta 50 yd FG
LATECHKyle Fischer 38 yd FG
LATECHKyle Fischer 43 yd FG
LATECHHunter Lee 8 yd run (Kyle Fischer kick)
LATECHKenneth Dixon 1 yd run (Kyle Fischer kick)
USMKyle Sloter 8 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2024
Third Down Efficiency6-159-19
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards73-35785-469
Passing Yds298158
Kick Return Yds8663
Punt Return Yds204
Time of Poss.26:4433:16
Individual Stats
USM: George Payne 7-26, Jalen Richard 7-15, Tyre Bracken 4-14, Kendrick Hardy 2-9, Nick Mullens 1--5
LATECH: Kenneth Dixon 25-207, Blake Martin 12-41, Paul Harris 4-25, Marlon Seets 5-21, D.J. Banks 1-9, Hunter Lee 1-8
USM: Nick Mullens 25-51-298-3, Tyre'oune Holmes 0-1-0-1
LATECH: Scotty Young 22-37-158-0
USM: Tyre Bracken 7-81, Marquise Ricard 5-74, Dominique Sullivan 3-48, Kyle Sloter 3-20, Chris Briggs 2-38, Tyre'oune Holmes 2-20, Jalen Richard 2-12, George Payne 1-5
LATECH: Trent Taylor 6-51, D.J. Banks 4-19, Jon Greenwalt 3-25, Kenneth Dixon 3--3, Richie Casey 2-17, Sterling Griffin 2-5, Jaydrick DeClouette 1-26, Blake Martin 1-18
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6
Louisiana Tech1st Conference USA West6-29-5

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