Southern Miss 27

(3-0, 3-0 away)

South Florida 20

(2-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 T
USM 3 10 7 727
USF 3 0 7 1020

Top Performers

Passing: D. Almond (USM) - 200 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Harris (NICH) - 25 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Peyton (USF) - 4 REC, 55 YDS

Southern Miss 27, South Florida 20

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Dustin Almond threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns, helping Southern Mississippi remain unbeaten with a 27-20 win over South Florida on Saturday night.

Anthony Harris ran for 59 yards and one touchdown for the Golden Eagles (3-0, 2-0 Conference USA), who won their 11th straight league game dating back to last season. South Florida lost for just the third time in its last 27 home games.

Andre Hall had 56 yards and a touchdown for South Florida (2-2, 1-1), which fell behind 20-3 early in the third quarter before attempting to rally.

Pat Julmiste threw a 9-yard scoring pass to S.J. Green with 1:38 left, but that was one of the few bright spots for South Florida's quarterback -- who was intercepted four times in the game and finished 14-of-35 for 150 yards.

Southern Mississippi controlled the clock, keeping the ball for more than 36 minutes. The Golden Eagles outgained South Florida 312-205.

Darren McCaleb had a pair of field goals for the winners, who scored 17 unanswered points over the middle two quarters to take control.

McCaleb's 41-yard field goal early in the second quarter put his team up 6-3, and Otho Graves caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Almond with 7:25 left before halftime for a 13-3 lead.

Almond's second scoring pass, a 45-yard strike to Marvin Young two minutes into the third quarter, put Southern Mississippi up 20-3. South Florida drew within 20-10 on Hall's 1-yard run late in the third quarter, but Harris' 11-yard run with 5:41 left -- set up by one of the four interceptions -- restored the Golden Eagles' two-touchdown cushion.