S. Alabama throttles Southern Miss, 31-7, in season-opening football game
MOBILE, Ala. (WDAM) - The University of South Alabama spotted the University of South Mississippi a touchdown lead before roaring back to shut down the Golden Eagles and claim a 31-7 season-opening victory at Hancock Whitney Stadium.
USA (1-0) ruined the debut of first-year USM coach Will Hall by forcing four Golden Eagles’ turnovers.
USM (0-1), which fell to the Jaguars in the season-opening football game for a second consecutive year, were turned away with no points on three drives inside the South Alabama 10-yard line.
The Golden Eagles took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by quarterback Trey Lowe.
South Alabama tied the game, 7-7, on a 1-yard, play-action pass from quarterback Jake Bentley to tight end Trent Tyre with 12:27 left in the second quarter.
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Jaguars then stripped the ball from return man Camron Harrell at USM’s 23-yard line, setting up a 5-yard TD pass from Bentley to running back Kareem Walker.
The Jaguars then scored 17 unanswered in the second half, including an interception for a touchdown with 44 seconds left in the game.
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