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
Darren McCaleb had a pair of field goals for the winners, who
scored 17 unanswered points over the middle two quarters to take
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'
Nathan Harris, a Troy football player who went from walk-on to starting holder last season, has died following a motorcycle crash in Alabama.
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