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USM faces C-USA's top-ranked defense in UTSA

USM head coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM USM head coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

After falling to the Conference USA's top-ranked offense North Texas 43-28 on Saturday, Southern Miss (2-2, 0-1 C-USA) heads on the road this week to battle the conference's No. 1 ranked defense in UTSA.

The Roadrunners (3-0) opened the season with a 17-10 over Baylor and are allowing just 13.7 points and 207 yards per game.

The Golden Eagles visit the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas for the second straight year, losing to UTSA 55-32 in 2016.

"I do remember that game very well, that was not a good day right there," said USM defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro. "We got to make sure that we remember that feeling as a group. We just have to make sure we prepare hard. At the end of the day, it really has nothing to do with anybody but us. We got to make sure that our goal is every day we come out here to get better no matter who we're playing."

"Again, another big challenge," said USM head coach Jay Hopson. "But I worry about us and us alone. So we just gotta go to work, keep executing and getting better."

"Hopefully you learn from every game," said USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. "I think you probably learn more when you lose, that's just the nature of athletics. Coach [Hopson] makes this comment after the game, which I completely agree with. 'There's blood on everybody's hands.' Mine included. Everybody can look in the mirror and say, 'Man, if I made that play we'd probably have a chance to win.'"

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