Tulsa 34

(3-3, 2-1 away)

Southern Miss 17

(2-2, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, October 8, 2005

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 0 7 17 1034
USM 10 0 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 232 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: P. Smith (TLSA) - 11 CAR, 37 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: G. Mills (TLSA) - 8 REC, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Tulsa 34, Southern Miss 17

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Quarterback Paul Smith ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, and Conference USA newcomer Tulsa gave Southern Mississippi a rare league loss at home, 34-17 on Saturday night.

Uril Parrish rushed for 135 yards and Garrett Mills caught eight passes for 115 yards for Tulsa, which outgained Southern Miss 475-169.

Smith had three 1-yard sneaks in the second half after his 3-yard scoring pass to Mills came just before halftime.

They helped the Golden Hurricane (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) bounce back from a bitter 30-23 loss to Houston last week in which Tulsa's potential game-tying drive was thwarted by a late fumble.

The Golden Hurricane ensured this one wouldn't come down to the wire by outscoring Southern Miss 27-7 in the second half and giving the Golden Eagles (2-2, 1-1) just their sixth Conference USA home loss in the past decade.

Smith finished 21-of-35 passing for 232 yards.

Tulsa's maligned run defense, which entered next-to-last in the conference and 109th among 117 teams in I-A, held Southern Miss to just 37 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Dustin Almond was 12-of-29 passing for 132 yards, but he threw four interceptions, and Tulsa scored 17 points off three of them.

Brad DeVault kicked field goals of 37 and 45 yards for Tulsa.

Southern Miss scored its two touchdowns directly off interceptions by Jasper Faulk.

Faulk returned one 49 yards for a touchdown, and his second set up Almond's 2-yard keeper which gave Southern Miss a short-lived 17-7 lead.

Losses by Southern Miss and UAB left league newcomer Central Florida -- which was winless a season ago -- as the only East Division team unbeaten in Conference USA play.