(Saturday, August 30th)
Final Score: Southern Mississippi 51, UL-Lafayette 21
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) - Damion Fletcher rushed for 222 yards and two scores to lead the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles to a 51-21 thrashing of the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in non-league play at Roberts Stadium.
Quarterback Austin Davis completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 206 yards and two TDs for Southern Miss (1-0) in the victory. Davis also added 50 yards on the ground and two more scores. DeAndre Brown grabbed four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Eagles, while Bubba Kirksey added 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Michael Desormeaux gained 146 yards with his legs, but completed just 9-of-20 tosses for only 98 yards. The signal caller also threw two interceptions in the UL-Lafayette (0-1) loss.
Southern Miss struck early in the first period, taking a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Fletcher.
The Golden Eagles found the end zone once again late in the frame, as Davis connected on a 23-yard strike to Ed Morgan.
Davis gave the Golden Eagles a 21-0 advantage early in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge.
The Ragin' Cajuns finally put themselves on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter on a one-yard run by Julian Shankle.
A six-yard run by Fletcher minutes later increased the Golden Eagles lead to 28-7.
UL-Lafayette responded late in the frame with a three-yard dash by Tyrell Fenroy, but Southern Miss found the end zone in the closing seconds of the half, taking a 34-14 lead on a one yard run by Davis.
Britt Barefoot tacked on a 25-yard field goal for the Golden Eagles early in the third period.
The Golden Eagles advantage expanded late in the frame, as a three-yard run by Bubba Kirksey gave Southern Miss a 44-14 lead.
Southern Miss made it a 51-14 game in the fourth quarter, as Davis completed a 23-yard toss to Brown.
The Ragin' Cajuns would light the scoreboard once more before all was said and done with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Brad McGuire to Pierre Hill that accounted for the final score of the contest, 51-21.
08/31 00:17:53 ET