Southern Miss Defends Top-25 Ranking With 31-13 Win Over UTEP
Oct. 29, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS - Austin Davis threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns as no. 25 Southern Miss extended its winning streak to six games with a 31-13 victory over UTEP on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.
Nursing a slim 17-13 lead, the Golden Eagles (7-1, 3-1 C-USA) mounted a 16-play, 98-yard drive that ended with Davis' 15-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Sullivan with 11:32 to play.
A few minutes later, Jamal Woodyard put the game away on a 68-yard scoring run.
The Miners (4-4, 1-3 C-USA) had their two-game winning streak snapped. UTEP was held to one touchdown, tying a season low, as Dakota Warren nailed two field goals.
After rushing for 877 yards in the previous three games, the Miners were limited to 68 yards on 27 carries.
The Miners recovered from an early 10-0 deficit to tie the game at halftime. After Davis' 47-yard pass to Quentin Pierce lifted the Golden Eagles into a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter, Warren's 47-yard field goal pulled UTEP to within 17-13 midway through the period.
Nick Lamaison completed 21-of-35 passes for 194 yards for the Miners.
Southern Miss rushed for 260 yards, as Woodyard gained 134 on 16 carries. The Golden Eagles finished with 450 yards of offense to UTEP's 262.
UTEP will play at Rice next Saturday (Nov. 5) at 1:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Networks. The Miners will close out their home schedule with back-to-back games versus East Carolina (Nov. 12, 6 p.m.) and Tulsa (Nov. 19, 1 p.m.).