NCAA Game Summary - North Texas at Southern Miss
(Saturday, October 26)
Final Score: North Texas 55, Southern Miss 14
Hattiesburg, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Thompson threw for 300 yards and
two touchdowns as the North Texas Mean Green topped the Southern Miss Golden
Eagles, 55-14, in a Conference USA clash at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Thompson converted 18-of-27 passing and was intercepted twice as the Mean
Green (5-3. 3-1 C-USA) won their third straight outing. Reggie Pegram ran for
74 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while Brandin Byrd also scored twice on
the ground, gaining 61 yards on 20 carries. Brelan Chancellor pulled in four
passes for 127 yards and a score while Carlos Harris grabbed seven receptions
for 87 yards. Antoinne Jimmerson registered both a rushing and a receiving
touchdown on the night, posting 30 yards on seven carries and catching one
pass for 15 yards.
Nick Mullens led the Golden Eagles (0-7, 0-3) with a touchdown, three
interceptions and 210 yards through the air on 12-of-31 passing. Dominique
Sullivan caught just two balls but finished with 97 yards and a touchdown.
George Payne was the team's leading rusher with 44 yards and a TD on nine
carries. The Golden Eagles are still in search of their first win since 2011,
having dropped 19 straight decisions, the longest active skid in FBS.
The Mean Green got on the board in a big way when Thompson connected with
Chancellor on a 46-yard touchdown pass at the 8:15 mark of the first quarter.
They tacked on another score as the quarter was winding down when Pegram
reached the end zone from two yards out. The PAT failed however, so the
visitors had to settle for a 13-0 lead with 19 seconds remaining in the first
The Golden Eagles responded with a big play of their own, when Mullens found
Sullivan for a 59-yard touchdown strike with just under 11 minutes to play in
the half to make the score 13-7.
The rest of the half was dominated by the Mean Green, who closed out with a
28-0 run. First, Byrd delivered a one-yard scoring run, then Thompson threw a
15-yard scoring pass to Jimmerson with 4:23 to play in the half. That was
followed by Thompson running it in himself from the three-yard line and the
defense intercepting Mullens on the first play of the next series to set up
the offense at the USM 13-yard line. Jimmerson scored his second touchdown of
the quarter on a six-yard run that put North Texas up 41-7 heading into the
The only other score for the Golden Eagles came early in the third stanza when
Payne crossed the goal line from two yards out to cut the Mean Green lead to
North Texas responded with two more touchdown drives as Pegram picked up a
one-yard TD on the ground and Byrd registered an eight-yard score early in the
fourth to put the game out of reach.
The Mean Green finished the night with 529 total yards, more than double the
249 put up by the Golden Eagles. North Texas dominated time of possession,
controlling the action for nearly 42 minutes.
10/27 01:02:20 ET
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