Scores

Final

Marshall 34

(3-1, 2-0 C-USA)

Southern Miss 27

(2-2, 0-1 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, September 20, 2008

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 10 7 10 734
USM 7 6 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cann (MRSH) - 228 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Marshall (MRSH) - 30 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Passmore (MRSH) - 9 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Passmore's 138 yards receiving, TD lead Marshall 

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss -- Darius Passmore had eight catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, including a 75-yard score, to lead Marshall to a 34-27 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

The Thundering Herd (3-1, 2-0 Conference USA) broke a nine-game road losing streak. It was the first win for Marshall over Southern Miss (2-2, 0-1) in four meetings.

Marshall's Mark Cann was 16 of 25 for 219 yards and two scores.

The Thundering Herd took a 17-13 lead into halftime behind Cann's two touchdown passes.

He hooked up with Passmore on a 27-yard score in the first quarter and hit Cody Slate on a 16-yarder with 4:29 to play in the second quarter.

Southern Miss took the early lead on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to DeAndre Brown.

Southern Miss' Justin Estes kicked field goals of 42 and 45 yards in the second quarter.

Marshall's Tyler Warner, who had a 37-yard field goal in the first half, nailed a 28-yarder on the Thundering Herd's first drive of the second half to give Marshall a 20-13 lead.

Just three minutes later, Passmore scored on an 80-yard run to pad Marshall's lead to 27-13.

Davis, who was 27 of 49 for 311 yards passing, scored on a 12-yard run to cut the deficit to 27-20 late in the third quarter.

Marshall's Maurice Kitchens picked Davis off with four minutes to play.

On the next play, Darius Marshall ran 18 yards for a touchdown to seal the win. He finished with 118 yards on 31 carries.

Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher ended the scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:33 to play.

The Golden Eagles were penalized 11 times for 129 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
USM
1st Downs2223
Total Yards429431
Passing228308
Rushing201123
Penalties6-4911-129
3rd Down Conversions4-126-18
4th Down Conversions1-23-3
Turnovers11
Possession30:2329:37

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cann16/252289.120
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis27/493086.311

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall301123.7118
Passmore27638.0180
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fletcher21823.9112
Davis9455.0112

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Passmore913915.4127
Slate47619.0130
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown38026.7168
Baptiste55911.8020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHUSM
TD11:37Deandre Brown 68 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Justin Estes Kick) 07
TD09:09Darius Passmore 27 Yd Pass From Mark Cann (Tyler Warner Kick) 77
FG06:03Tyler Warner 37 Yd 107
SECOND QUARTERMRSHUSM
FG09:31Justin Estes 42 Yd 1010
TD04:29Cody Slate 16 Yd Pass From Mark Cann (Tyler Warner Kick) 1710
FG01:24Justin Estes 45 Yd 1713
THIRD QUARTERMRSHUSM
FG09:14Tyler Warner 28 Yd 2013
TD06:10Darius Passmore 80 Yd Run (Tyler Warner Kick) 2713
TD03:06Austin Davis 12 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 2720
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHUSM
TD04:17Darius Marshall 18 Yd Run (Tyler Warner Kick) 3420
TD01:33Damion Fletcher 2 Yd Run (Justin Estes Kick) 3427