NCAA Game Summary - Southern Mississippi at Nebraska |
(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: Southern Mississippi 21, Nebraska 17
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles netted
18 points off of four Nebraska Cornhusker turnovers to steal a 21-17 victory
in a non-conference affair at Tom Osbourne Field.
Dustin Almond connected on 12-of-28 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown and
an interception as he led the Golden Eagles (1-0) to victory.
Cory Ross was the workhorse for the Cornhuskers (1-1) as he carried the ball
27 times for 169 yards.
Nebraska quarterback Joe Dailey completed 22-of-42 passes for 202 yards with
two touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions.
Southern Miss opened the scoring in the first half with two field goals by
Darren McCaleb. McCaleb split the uprights from 39 yards and 41 yards out to
give the Golden Eagles a 6-0 lead with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
Nebraska responded just 10 seconds into the second quarter when Sandro
DeAngelis booted a 35-yard field goal to cut the Southern Miss lead to 6-3.
McCaleb kicked his third field of the game with 1:42 left in the first half,
this time from 21 yards out to give the Golden Eagles a 9-3 lead which they
took into the locker room.
Nebraska opened the third period by scoring 14 straight points to take a 17-9
lead with 10:00 left in the stanza. Dailey connected with Grant Mulkey for a
nine-yard touchdown pass, and then hit Matt Herian on a 13-yard scoring
strike to give the Cornhuskers the eight-point advantage.
Naton Stewart struck back for the Golden Eagles when he intercepted a Dailey
pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
Southern Mississippi missed the two-point conversion, leaving the Cornhuskers
with a 17-15 lead.
Almond threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Young to seal Nebraska's fate
by giving Southern Mississippi a 21-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Almond's two-point conversion pass failed.
Nebraska racked up 476 total yards in the game, while Southern Mississippi had
09/11 17:26:46 ET