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Southern Miss topples Rice in C-USA opener as passing game gets rolling

Southern Miss receivers Quez Watkins (16) and Tim Jones (87) celebrate a touchdown by Watkins against Rice Saturday on Sept. 22, 2018, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss receivers Quez Watkins (16) and Tim Jones (87) celebrate a touchdown by Watkins against Rice Saturday on Sept. 22, 2018, in Hattiesburg. Sports601.com

The Southern Miss football team rebounded from its Sept. 8 loss to Louisiana-Monroe to cruise past Rice 40-22 Saturday night in Hattiesburg.

USM redshirt sophomore Jack Abraham completed 25 of 34 passes for 428 yards, four touchdowns and one interception to mark the sixth instance in program history that a Golden Eagle has thrown for at least 400 yards in a game.

De’Michael Harris had a nice day at receiver for USM, pulling in four passes for 99 yards and running twice for 19 yards. He had 132 all-purpose yards.

Steven Anderson led USM on the ground with eight carries for 52 yards and one touchdown.

Southern Miss improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference USA play while Rice dropped to 1-3 and 0-1.

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The Rice offense was held to 262 total yards with 125 coming via the passing game.

The Golden Eagles will return to non-conference play next week with a 3 p.m. game at Auburn on Saturday.

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