Austin Davis rushed for four
touchdowns and threw for two more as Southern Mississippi ran past
Houston, 59 to 41.
Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an
interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries to give the
Golden Eagles (8-3) an emotional win just six days after three
players were shot outside a Hattiesburg nightclub.
One of those players, linebacker Martez Smith, made an
appearance before the game to be honored on Senior Day.
Houston quarterback David Piland set the single-game passing
record for M.M. Roberts Stadium with 467 yards and four touchdowns,
but it didn't make up for an anemic rushing game that accounted for
just 30 yards on 19 attempts.
Kendrick Hardy rushed for 205 yards on 26 carries for Southern with two touchdowns.
Houston (5-6) fell to 4-4 in Conference USA and out of
contention for the league's Western Division.