Houston at Southern Mississippi

Southern Miss. 59, Houston 41


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -Austin Davis rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more as Southern Mississippi ran past Houston 59-41 on Saturday night.

Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries to give the Golden Eagles (8-3) an emotional win just six days after three players were shot outside a Hattiesburg nightclub.

One of those players, linebacker Martez Smith, made an appearance before the game to be honored on Senior Day.

Houston quarterback David Piland set the single-game passing record for M.M. Roberts Stadium with 467 yards and four touchdowns, but it didn't make up for an anemic rushing game that accounted for just 30 yards on 19 attempts.

Kendrick Hardy rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries for Southern Miss, Patrick Edwards caught seven passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns and James Cleveland added nine catches for 115 yards and a score.

The two offenses combined for 100 points, 1,133 yards of total offense and were 13-of-13 collectively in red-zone scoring.

The Cougars also had 220 kick return yards and returned a partially blocked field goal attempt 90 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, but did not score on offense in the second or third quarter while Southern Miss built a 38-20 lead.

Houston (5-6) fell to 4-4 in Conference USA play and out of contention for the league's Western Division title.

Southern Miss improved to 5-2 in the conference and needs a win next week over Tulsa and a Central Florida loss to Memphis for a chance at a Conference USA championship berth.

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Scoring Summary
HOUMatt Hogan 37 yd FG
USMAustin Davis 1 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
HOUKierrie Johnson 54 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
USMAustin Davis 2 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 27 yd FG
USMKelvin Bolden 52 yd pass from Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann kick)
USMDanny Hrapmann 22 yd FG
HOUTyron Carrier TD (Matt Hogan kick)
USMKendrick Hardy 1 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
USMAustin Davis 1 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
USMKendrick Hardy 1 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
HOUJames Cleveland 6 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
USMDeon Hodges 13 yd pass from Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann kick)
HOUPatrick Edwards 11 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
USMAustin Davis 10 yd run (Danny Hrapmann kick)
HOUPatrick Edwards 13 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2130
Third Down Efficiency2-118-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-31-1
Plays-Net Yards66-49183-642
Passing Yds467293
Kick Return Yds220129
Punt Return Yds0-1
Time of Poss.22:3137:29
Individual Stats
HOU: Michael Hayes 6-21, Bryce Beall 10-17, David Piland 3--14
USM: Kendrick Hardy 26-205, Austin Davis 17-111, Tracy Lampley 8-37, Kelvin Bolden 1--4
HOU: David Piland 28-47-467-1
USM: Austin Davis 24-31-293-0
HOU: James Cleveland 9-115, Patrick Edwards 7-125, Tyron Carrier 5-33, Kierrie Johnson 3-71, Michael Hayes 2-48, Justin Johnson 1-68, Bryce Beall 1-7
USM: Quentin Pierce 5-56, William Spight 4-39, Tracy Lampley 3-70, Kelvin Bolden 3-60, Ryan Balentine 3-26, Johdrick Morris 2-28, Deon Hodges 1-13, Zeke Walters 1-12, DeAndre Brown 1--1, Kendrick Hardy 1--10
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6

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