Scores

Final

Southern Miss 28

(6-6, 3-3 away)

SMU 12

(1-11, 1-5 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
USM 7 0 14 728
SMU 0 6 0 612

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 212 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 20 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Willis (SMU) - 11 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Southern Miss. 28, SMU 12

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Austin Davis threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Southern Miss won its fourth straight game to earn bowl eligibility with a 28-12 win over SMU on Saturday.

For June Jones, the loss capped a forgettable debut at SMU. The Mustangs finished 1-11, same as last season when they fired Phil Bennett and lured Jones from Hawaii with a salary worth about $2 million a year.

Southern Miss (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA) scored 21 unanswered points in an eight-minute span to bury SMU by the fourth quarter. Damion Fletcher had 59 yards and a touchdown, and V.J. Floyd had another TD run for the Golden Eagles.

One bright spot for SMU was Jesse Henderson, who set an NCAA record with 2,945 career kickoff return yards. The previous record was 2,922, set by Tulane's Jeff Liggon from 1993-96.

Southern Miss set a single-season school record with 5,220 yards of total offense, breaking the previous mark set just last year.

SMU's Bo Levi Mitchell was 26-of-49 for 253 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Justin Willis, SMU's former quarterback, caught 11 passes for 88 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
SMU
1st Downs1920
Total Yards357257
Passing212253
Rushing1454
Penalties8-9611-85
3rd Down Conversions7-147-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers12
Possession27:0532:55

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis15/262128.221
SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell26/492535.212

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher19593.1111
Davis11504.5020
SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler8172.106
McKinney3175.708

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baptiste46516.3144
Brown35117.0035
SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Willis11888.0127
Haynes7689.7018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMSMU
TD08:37Johdrick Morris 2 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUSMSMU
FG09:56Thomas Morstead 40 Yd 73
FG00:00Thomas Morstead 43 Yd 76
THIRD QUARTERUSMSMU
TD07:36Gerald Baptiste 44 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Britt Barefoot Kick) 146
TD03:24Damion Fletcher 3 Yd Run (Britt Barefoot Kick) 216
FOURTH QUARTERUSMSMU
TD14:54V.J. Floyd 9 Yd Run (Britt Barefoot Kick) 286
TD05:50Justin Willis 4 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2812