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USM becomes bowl eligible

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the eighth straight season, Southern Miss becomes bowl eligible after defeating Marshall 27-20 Saturday night.

USM quarterback Martevious Young threw two second-half touchdown passes to help earn a victory that keeps the Golden Eagles in the hunt for the East Division title.

Marshall's DeQuan Bembry fumbled a punt early in the third quarter at the Thundering Herd 39 yard line.  On the next play, Young threw to running back Damion Fletcher in the end zone for a 20-13 lead.

After a 1-yard run by Marshall's Terrell Edwards-Maye tied the score, Young threw a 36-yard scoring toss to DeAndre Brown with 6:54 left in the game.

Southern Miss' Justin Wilson intercepted Brian Anderson twice inside the Southern Miss 10 in the final 2 minutes.

Freshman Tracy Lampley had a monster night for the Black and Gold, as well.  He accounted for 225 all-purpose yards, which included a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  Lampley's tallied 211 kickoff return yards against the Herd, which is a new school record.

Fletcher also moved to 13th all-time on the NCAA career rushing list after finishing the night with 55 yards on the ground.  He now has 5,076 career yards rushing.

Saturday's victory was the first road win of the season for Southern Miss.  They return to action on November 21 as the Eagles host Tulsa at The Rock at 6:30 pm.  The game will be televised on CBS College Sports. 

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