Postgame Notes from UTM Game
Golden Eagles win season opener 35-13.
Sept. 2, 2007
Southern Miss vs. Tennessee-Martin Game Notes
September 1, 2007
-Freshman kicker Justin Estes missed his first career attempt, a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter, but was 5-for-5 on PAT tries.
-With a 38-yard carry in the second quarter, sophomore running back Damion Fletcher went over the 1,500 career rushing yards. Fletcher recorded his eighth 100-yard rushing game with his 156-yard performance against UTM.
-Marcus Raines' two-yard carry in the first quarter, which gave the Golden Eagles a first down, marked his first carry since high school.
-Raines notched his first career touchdown, carrying the ball one yard into the endzone in the third quarter. He recorded a total of eight yards on three carries.
-Senior quarterback Jeremy Young notched his fifth career rushing touchdown, a one-yard carry, putting the Golden Eagles on top of UTM, 7-6 in the second quarter.
-Senior wide receiver Chris Johnson recorded two touchdowns in the contest. The first was a 14-yard run in the third quarter and the second was 3-yard pass from Young in the fourth.
-Sophomore defensive back Eddie Hicks intercepted Dexter Anoka's pass intended for Cade Thompson in the fourth quarter to mark the "Nasty Bunch" defense's first pick of the 2007 season.
-With tonight's win, the Golden Eagles marked their first season-opening victory, since the 21-17 win over Nebraska on Sept. 3, 2004, snapping a two-game losing streak against Alabama and Florida from the past two seasons.
-Tonight's game also marked the first home season opener since hosting Jackson State on Aug. 31, 2002. The Golden Eagles walked away with a 55-7 victory.
-The contest marked the second-consecutive game the Southern Miss defense has held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing. The Golden Eagles held Ohio to 47 yards rushing in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 7, 2007, one of five games they accomplished that feat during the 2006 season.
-Junior kicker Britt Barefoot notched his seventh career 50-plus yard punt with a 55-yarder in the third quarter. His longest career punt was a 68-yard boot in the 2007 GMAC Bowl.