Keeping Score

USM's Davis sees 1st regular season action as NFL QB

Former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis saw his first regular season game action as an NFL quarterback on Sunday.

Davis replaced St. Louis Rams starter Shaun Hill in the third quarter of the Rams' 34-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Hill left the game with a thigh injury, according to the Rams.

Davis completed 16-of-23 passes for 192 yards and had an interception in Sunday's season opener in St. Louis.

Davis' one interception was returned 81 yards for a touchdown by the Vikings' Harrison Smith with 3:18 remaining.

The Rams offensive line struggled to protect the passer for much of Sunday's game with both Davis and Hill receiving little time to throw the ball.

Davis is the first former USM quarterback to complete a pass in an NFL game since Brett Favre retired after the 2010 season.

Davis threw for 10,892 yards and 83 touchdowns during his four years as the starting quarterback at Southern Miss from 2008-11. He also ran for 1,375 yards and 25 scores.

The Rams signed Davis as an undrafted free agent out of USM.