Scores

Final

East Carolina 3

(6-4, 2-3 away)

Southern Miss 21

(5-6, 3-3 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 3 0 03
USM 0 7 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 239 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 23 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Brown (USM) - 8 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 21, East Carolina 3

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Austin Davis threw for two touchdowns, including a school record 97-yarder to DeAndre Brown, and Southern Mississippi defeated East Carolina 21-3 on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA) won their third consecutive game and ended East Carolina's three-game winning streak. Southern Miss, which lost five straight games earlier this season, needs a win over Southern Methodist in its final regular season game on Nov. 29 to become bowl eligible.

The Pirates (6-4, 4-2) also failed to clinch at least a share of the Conference USA East title and their first trip to the league title game.

Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss' all-time leading rusher, ran for 121 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his first game after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

Davis hit Brown one play after Justin Wilson picked off a pass deep in Golden Eagles territory. The scoring play gave Southern Miss a 21-3 lead with 11:37 to play.

Southern Miss took a 7-3 lead into halftime on Davis' 20-yard touchdown pass to Leroy Banks with 4:35 left in the second quarter.

East Carolina took a 3-0 lead early in the quarter on Ben Hartman's 32-yard field goal. Hartman also missed a pair of field goals in the first half.

Davis was 18 of 30 for 239 yards and two scores. Brown had eight catches for 124 yards and needs just three more receptions to tie the school's single season record of 66.

Wilson picked off another pass late in the game to end any hopes of a comeback. East Carolina's Patrick Pickney had thrown just three interceptions in the first nine games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
USM
1st Downs1016
Total Yards255384
Passing189239
Rushing66145
Penalties8-877-68
3rd Down Conversions4-146-16
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers21
Possession26:0333:57

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pinkney20/341895.602
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis18/302398.020

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whitley14715.109
Rogers320.702
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher231215.3122
Floyd7152.106

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Womack25125.5034
Drew13939.0039
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown812415.5197
Floyd44812.0029

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERECUUSM
FG11:41Ben Hartman 32 Yd 30
TD04:35Leroy Banks 20 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 37
FOURTH QUARTERECUUSM
TD14:06Damion Fletcher 4 Yd Run (Britt Barefoot Kick) 314
TD11:37DeAndre Brown 97 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 321