Scores

Final

Southern Miss 27

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Arkansas State 24

(2-1, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Liberty Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

1 2 3 4 T
USM 3 14 0 1027
ARST 3 0 14 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Leonard (ARST) - 256 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Arnold (ARST) - 15 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Nelson (USM) - 7 REC, 110 YDS

Southern Miss. 27, Arkansas St. 24

Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Freshman Austin Davis threw for two touchdowns, and Southern Mississippi handed Arkansas State its first loss of the season, 27-24 Saturday night.

With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Arkansas State lined up for a short field goal, but the snap went through the hands of holder Brett Shrable. The ball bounced all the way back to around midfield, and Southern Miss' C.J. Bailey eventually returned it all the way to the Arkansas State 11.

Britt Barefoot kicked a 28-yard field goal with 10:47 to play to give Southern Miss (2-1) the lead, and the Golden Eagles later went ahead 27-17 on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Damion Fletcher.

Arkansas State scored with 2:14 to play on Corey Leonard's 5-yard pass to Jeff Blake, and the Red Wolves (2-1) got the ball back. But Leonard was intercepted by Eddie Willingham on a deflection at the Southern Miss 40.

Davis threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Massey to give Southern Miss a 17-3 halftime lead. Arkansas State scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half. Leonard found tight end David Johnson unguarded for a 16-yard score, and Reggie Arnold finished a 94-yard, 10-play drive with a 6-yard scoring run.

Arkansas State was coming off two impressive wins. The Red Wolves upset Texas A&M to open the season, then beat Texas Southern 83-10.

Southern Miss beat Arkansas State in the 2005 New Orleans Bowl.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
ARST
1st Downs2126
Total Yards348447
Passing219256
Rushing129191
Penalties7-456-59
3rd Down Conversions11-185-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers12
Possession31:0628:54

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis18/312197.120
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard17/342567.521

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher23873.8013
Morgan12121.0021
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold15845.6125
Lawson77310.4038

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson711015.7025
Fletcher66110.2124
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gillott57915.8025
Thompkins35919.7029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMARST
FG04:43Justin Estes 23 Yd 30
FG01:58Josh Arauco 41 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERUSMARST
TD12:09Tory Harrison 1 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 103
TD08:48Jonathan Massey 1 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Justin Estes Kick) 173
THIRD QUARTERUSMARST
TD08:32David Johnson 16 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 1710
TD03:00Reggie Arnold 8 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERUSMARST
FG10:47Britt Barefoot 28 Yd 2017
TD05:30Damion Fletcher 24 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Justin Estes Kick) 2717
TD02:14Jeff Blake 5 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick) 2724