HATTIESBURG The Southern Miss football team topped UTSA 27-17 aturday night at Roberts Stadium behind an improved rushing attack.
The Golden Eagles moved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA, erasing the memory of a poor offensive performance in a 30-7 loss at North Texas a week ago.
Three second-half turnovers by USM made the second half interesting, but the Golden Eagles held on to improve their chances of reaching bowl eligibility.
USM announced a crowd of 21,259 on homecoming.
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The Golden Eagles struggled to finish drives on their first two possessions, resulting in a pair of short field goals by Parker Shaunfield. The USM offense revved up from there with freshman running back Trivenskey Mosley putting in his best performance as a Golden Eagle.
The Shreveport, Louisiana, native rushed 26 times for 142 yards
USM had 44 carries for 220 yards and two touchdowns as a team.
USM sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham worked well with a complementary ground game, completing 28 of 33 passes for 269 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Golden Eagles turned the ball over three times in the second half, but they managed to keep the Roadrunners at a distance down the stretch.
UTSA freshman quarterback Jordan Weeks completed 12 of 27 passes for 117 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Southern Miss will travel to play Charlotte for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 27.
UTSA dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in C-USA play.
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