Southern Mississippi at UAB

S. Mississippi breaks drought, beats UAB 62-27


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Nick Mullens threw a career-high five touchdown passes and rushed for another on Saturday as Southern Miss secured its first victory of the season, 62-27 over UAB.

The Golden Eagles (1-11, 1-7 Conference USA) trailed by eight points at the start of the third quarter. Mullens led a 28-0 rally with three touchdown passes and a 1-yard touchdown rush to put Southern Miss ahead by 20 points at the start of the fourth. He threw for 370 yards.

A loss to the Blazers would have given Southern Miss back-to-back winless seasons, something that has only happened once in the last 30 years.

Jonathan Perry threw two touchdown passes to Jamarcus Nelson, who finished with a game-high 117 yards receiving for UAB (2-10, 1-7). The Blazers are last in total defense in the Conference USA, allowing an average of 500.2 yards per game. Southern Miss amassed 472 yards in the matchup.

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Scoring Summary
USMTyre'oune Holmes 3 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 3 yd run (Ty Long kick)
UABJamarcus Nelson 48 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (Ty Long kick)
USMCorey Acosta 30 yd FG
USMCorey Acosta 25 yd FG
UABDarius Powell 23 yd run (Ty Long kick)
USMDominique Sullivan 43 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMJames Cox 21 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMNick Mullens 1 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
USMMarquise Ricard 37 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMKendrick Hardy 3 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
UABJamarcus Nelson 21 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (failed 2pt pass)
USMMarkese Triplett 19 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMKendrick Hardy 3 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2822
Third Down Efficiency4-124-10
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards70-47267-431
Passing Yds370286
Kick Return Yds33200
Punt Return Yds550
Time of Poss.30:1129:49
Individual Stats
USM: Kendrick Hardy 20-106, Tyre Bracken 5-6, Nick Mullens 6--10
UAB: Darrin Reaves 15-69, Jonathan Perry 13-39, Darius Powell 1-23, Jordan Howard 7-14
USM: Nick Mullens 24-39-370-1
UAB: Jonathan Perry 18-31-286-1
USM: Tyre Bracken 7-63, Tyre'oune Holmes 6-56, Markese Triplett 4-68, James Cox 2-68, Kendrick Hardy 2-31, Dominique Sullivan 1-43, Marquise Ricard 1-37, Kyle Sloter 1-4
UAB: Jamarcus Nelson 5-117, Darrin Reaves 4-28, Darius Powell 2-47, Jordan Howard 1-40, Kennard Backman 1-18, Jamari Staples 1-15, Rickey Hrabowskie 1-9, Nyiakki Height 1-8, Santonio Jones 1-8, Billy Autrey 1--4
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6

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