HOUSTON (AP) -- Quarterback Kevin Kolb threw for 315 yards and
two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Ryan Gilbert rushed for a career
high 144 yards to lead Houston to a 27-24 victory over Southern
Mississippi on Sunday.
Houston (5-4, 3-3 Conference USA) ended a six-game losing streak
to the Golden Eagles (5-4, 4-2) in a game rescheduled due to
Hurricane Rita in September.
Kolb threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Marshall with
12:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Cougars a 20-10
Southern Miss answered with an 84-yard drive highlighted by a
43-yard pass from Dustin Almond to Tavarras Williams to the Houston
1. Cole Mason scored on the next play to make it 20-17 with 9:25
left in the game.
Kolb hit Marshall with an 83-yard touchdown pass with 9:04 to
play for a 27-17 lead. Marshall had seven catches for 129 yards.
Kevis Coley helped keep Southern Miss alive when he recovered a
Gilbert fumble at the Houston 44 with 2:40 left in the game.
Almond, who hit 23 of 45 for 295 yards, covered the ground in two
passes, including a 5-yard touchdown to Barnes to make it 27-24
with 2:17 to play.
The Eagles recovered the onside kick and Almond drove them to
the Houston 35 before fumbling. Houston's Kade Lane recovered the
fumble with 1:27 left to end the threat.
Southern Miss jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a
41-yard field goal by Darren McCaleb and a 9-yard pass from Almond
Kolb brought Houston back with a 7-play, 66-yard drive capped by
Gilbert's 8-yard touchdown run. He then hit 7-of-9 passes for 79
yards the last three minutes of the second quarter to lead Houston
to a 24-yard Ben Bell field goal that tied it at 10 as time expired
in the first half.
Bell gave Houston its first lead of the game, 13-10, in the
third quarter with a 30-yard field goal.
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