Scores

Final

Arkansas State 10

(5-7, 0-6 away)

Southern Miss 16

(7-5, 3-3 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 24, 2007

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 0 3 7 010
USM 0 7 3 616

Top Performers

Passing: J. Young (USM) - 123 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Fletcher (USM) - 27 CAR, 133 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Thompkins (ARST) - 3 REC, 37 YDS

Southern Miss. 16, Arkansas St. 10

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Justin Estes kicked three field goals and Damion Fletcher ran for 133 yards and a touchdown as Southern Mississippi defeated Arkansas State 16-10 Saturday in Hattiesburg.

The victory assured Southern Miss (7-5) of its 14th straight winning season. The Golden Eagles will also be going to a bowl game for the ninth time in the past 10 years.

The loss prevented Arkansas State (5-7) from recording a break even season. The Indians were attempting to win six games in a season for the third straight year.

Estes made kicks from 21, 29 and 37 yards for Southern Miss.

The Eagles took 7-3 lead into halftime on a 1-yard touchdown by Fletcher.

The Eagles extended the lead to 10-3 on Estes' 21-yard field goal six minutes into the second half before Arkansas State tied the game on a 3-yard scoring run by Brandon Tompkins.

Estes then sealed the win in the final period with his last two field goals.

The Indians drove the Southern Miss 23 as the game wound down but Eagles linebacker Gerald McRath made a tackle on a fourth and one play to stop the threat.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
USM
1st Downs1919
Total Yards360300
Passing118123
Rushing242177
Penalties6-604-23
3rd Down Conversions5-126-16
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers22
Possession27:0932:51

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard9/231185.101
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Young13/241235.101

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold13876.7043
Leonard17834.9019
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher271334.9133
Harrison8263.3018

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gillott23919.5026
Thompkins33712.3024
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson23718.5033
Magee3227.3011

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERARSTUSM
FG14:10Josh Arauco 24 Yd 30
TD01:06Damion Fletcher 1 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 37
THIRD QUARTERARSTUSM
FG09:23Justin Estes 21 Yd 310
TD02:54Brandon Thompkins 3 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 3:51
1010
FOURTH QUARTERARSTUSM
FG14:54Justin Estes 29 Yd 1013
FG06:26Justin Estes 37 Yd 1016