Southern Miss football gives Miami first-half scare
Coming off the longest overtime game in the history of Southern Miss football, the Golden Eagles took on Miami for the first time in program history in a match up headlined by star running back Frank Gore Jr. against his father’s alma mater.
The Black and Gold rising to the moment in South Florida, scoring the game’s first touchdown early in the second quarter on a 32-yard bomb from Zach Wilcke, starting in place of the injured Ty Keyes, to Jason Brownlee. Brownlee had a game-high 102 yards on five receptions.
Southern Miss holding onto that lead until 20 seconds before the half, but Miami would go on to score the game’s final 27 points en route to a 30-7 triumph.
As for Gore, not much room to run against the 15th ranked Hurricanes, bottled up for just ten yards on seven carries to go along with 13 yards on two catches.
Overall, Miami out-rushing USM by 141, also doubling up the Eagles on first downs and winning the turnover battle three to one. USM defensive back Malik Shorts said, “This defense, man, this is probably the best defense that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here at USM that I can actually say that I contribute to. This has probably been one of the best defenses, and the first half, just unbelievable. These guys played hard. They’re going to continue to play hard. We’re going to continue to play hard.”
Gore Jr. said, “We know we’re a dangerous team. We know that we’re going to play hard every game. We’re going to fight. I feel like we rode the roller coaster too high when things were going good. But we’ll fix it Tuesday or Monday, whenever it is, and we’ll be ready for next week.”
USM Head Coach Will Hall said, “I think we’re a little bit closer than we were when we woke up this morning, alright? And I think we’re really close to getting this thing over the hill. And once it gets over the hill, it’s going to go downhill at a high rate of speed, and we’ve got to hurry up and get it over.”
Golden Eagles still looking for their first win of the young season as they head back home for week three to host Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday.