USM takes UTSA into the 4th quarter before falling, 27-17
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WDAM) – The University of Southern Mississippi took the 15th-ranked team in the country deep into the fourth quarter Saturday at the Alamodome.
But in the end, the University of Texas-San Antonio proved too much, scoring that game’s final 17 points to take a 27-17 Conference USA victory over the Golden Eagles.
Frank Gore Jr. made his first career start at quarterback and had the Golden Eagles nose-to-nose with the unbeaten Roadrunners for the better part of three quarters.
But UTSA (10-0, 6-0 C-USA) tied the score 17-17 on the final play of the third quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Leroy Watson from Frank Harris.
UTSA outscored USM 10-0 in the fourth quarter on Hunter Duplissis’ 25-yard field goal and a 9-yard touchdown run by Sincere McCormick after a lost fumble by the 10th quarterback USM has deployed this season, Antavious Willis.
UTSA took the early lead on a 23-yard field goal, but a terrific kickoff return set up USM at UTSA’s 18-yard line. Gore, who rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries before being exiting the game with an undisclosed injury, scored on a 9-yard run on fourth-and-7.
Bourgeios’ 36-yard field goal pushed the lead out to 10-3 before the Roadrunners sped to a 10-10 tie a few minutes before halftime on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Joshua Cephus.
USM (1-9, 0-6) took the lead again at the start of the third quarter, when defensive back Natrone Brooks picked off Harris and returned the interception 34 yards for a touchdown.
After Gore went down and then out, the Golden Eagles came up with two more stops before Harris’ 24-yard pass to Watson tied the game at 17-17 each.
USM will play at Louisiana Tech University Friday night.
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