NCAA Game Summary - Nevada vs. Southern Miss|
(Saturday, December 24th)
Final Score: (22) Southern Miss 24, Nevada 17
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Austin Davis threw a four-yard touchdown pass
to Kelvin Bolden in the fourth quarter, boosting 22nd-ranked Southern Miss to
a 24-17 win over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.
Davis completed 18-of-41 passes for 165 yards and two scores for the Golden
Eagles (12-2), who beat Houston 49-28 in the Conference USA title game earlier
this month. Saturday's result established a school record for wins in a
It was the final game for Larry Fedora as the head coach of the Golden Eagles.
Fedora, who coached at Southern Miss the last four years, was named the new
head coach at North Carolina earlier this month. Ellis Johnson, who has served
as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Steve Spurrier at
South Carolina for the past four years, will take over as head coach for
"He's all we've known. We hope he has success and we wish him the best," Davis
said of Fedora.
Lampford Mark rushed for 183 yards and a pair of scores for the Wolf Pack
(7-6), who also got a combined 117 yards passing from Cody Fajardo and Tyler
"Defensively, we played well enough to win. In the second half, our offensive
line couldn't get off the ball," Nevada coach Chris Ault said.
Southern Miss started the winning drive at its 32 following a punt. Davis hit
Dominique Sullivan for a 43-yard gain to the Nevada 28. Two plays later, Davis
found William Spight for a 19-yard connection. On 3rd-and-goal, Davis
scrambled to his left and jumped in the air to deliver the TD pass to Bolden
in end zone with 5:48 remaining.
The Golden Eagles came up big defensively, stuffing Mark for no gain at the 50
on a 4th-and-1 play just inside four minutes left. Southern Miss cranked out
three more first downs to run out the remaining time.
Danny Hrapmann missed a 50-yard field goal early in the first quarter for
Southern Miss, which turned away a Nevada drive later in the period thanks to
a turnover. Fajardo's pass into the end zone was deflected by linebacker
Ronnie Thornton and picked off by Jacorius Cotton.
A total of 31 points were scored in the second, started by a blocked punt by
the Golden Eagles. Tim Green broke through to knock away Jake Hurst's kick,
and Tray Becton-Martin recovered in the end zone in the opening minute.
Mark scored on runs of five and 45 yards later in the quarter for Nevada,
which forced a turnover on a kickoff with under five minutes left. Jeremy
Hester looked to be on his way to the end zone, but was caught from behind and
stripped of the ball. Thaddeus Brown recovered at the Nevada 36.
The Wolf Pack turned the ball over on downs, leading to a Hrapmann 48-yard
field goal for a 14-10 margin.
Southern Miss caught a break on the ensuing kickoff when Khalid Wooten
fumbled. The Golden Eagles took over at the Nevada 24 with 1:16 left and
converted a 4th-and-1 when Davis powered ahead for a yard to the four. Tracy
Lampley made a leaping two-yard reception in the end zone with 12 seconds
Tempers flared for both sides in the back of the end zone. Marlon Johnson, who
was beaten in coverage on the scoring play, pushed Lampley in the face.
Hrapmann missed a 48-yard field goal early in the third, and after the Golden
Eagles turned the ball over on downs, Nevada's Allen Hardison put through a
37-yard kick with under three minutes left in the quarter to tie the game.
Hardison's boot came after a critical mistake by USM on a punt return as
Hester ran into Lampley and the Wolf Pack recovered at the USM 14.
Nevada was playing in this bowl for the third time. The Wolf Pack lost to SMU
in 2009 by a score of 45-10. Back in 2005, Nevada was pushed beyond regulation
and needed overtime to register a 49-48 victory over UCF...Desmond Johnson had
77 yards rushing for USM.
12/25 01:16:22 ET