Kendrick Hardy slips past Southeastern Louisiana linebacker Avery Crooks.
Sept. 17, 2011
Kendrick Hardy ran for 155 of Southern Miss' 335 yards on the ground as they defeated Southeastern Louisiana 52-6 in front of 27,433 fans on Saturday night inside M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Hardy added a touchdown on the ground while redshirt freshman Jamal Woodyard added 99 yards and his first career rushing touchdown.
The Golden Eagles (2-1, 0-1 C-USA) got on the board first as Austin Davis connected with Woodyard on a 23 yard pass on the team's first drive of the game.
Hardy added another score from five yards out to cap off an 11 play, 89 yard drive. Senior kicker Danny Hrapmann knocked in the second of his seven extra-point attempts to make it a 14-0 game.
SLU (1-2, 0-0 Southland) got on the board with a pair of field goals from Seth Sebastian to cut the Golden Eagle led to eight before Woodyard's touchdown run of 25 yards pushed the score to 21-6.
As SLU was driving to close the half, senior linebacker Korey Williams stepped in front of a Brian Young pass and rumbled 60 yards in the opposite direction for his first career touchdown off a pick.
"It was (a big play in the game)," fourth year coach Larry Fedora said after the game. "I think there were eight seconds left on the clock. He picks the ball and it probably took him 30 seconds to get to the endzone. He did a heck of a job with it. I felt like the receiver was going to catch him, and he did. But, he didn't get him down. That's probably the furthest he's ever run in his life. With the ball in his hands too, I can assure you."
Hrapmann added a 49-yard field goal and freshman Collin Jarbo caught his first career pass, as well as the first pass to a Southern Miss tight end this season, for a 17 yard score to put the home squad up 38-6.
Sophomore Jeremy Hester, who rushed the ball 10 times for 55 yards, got his first career touchdown and sophomore defensive end Octavius Thomas recorded his first career interception, returning it six yards to paydirt to make it 52-6.
The two picks were a part of a three interception game for the Golden Eagles - the most since snagging four against UAB in 2008.
SLU managed just 51 yards on the ground, improving Southern Miss' record to 17-1 when holding a team to under 100 yards rushing.
"(It was a) good solid win tonight. We were much better in all three phases of the game. It was much more of a complete game for us," said Fedora. "We didn't have any fumbles, no interceptions, so I was proud of that fact. Defensively, we played well. Overall, the effort was very good and that was something we stressed. We wanted to play hard and play Southern Miss style football."
Davis finished the night going 16-for-23 through the air with 143 yards and two touchdowns as the Black and Gold outgained the Lions 478 to 285.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a re-match with Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 24. Southern Miss defeated UVA in Hattiesburg in 2009, 37-34 after overcoming a 24-point deficit.
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