Richard Rushes for Career High in 56-50 Road Win
Sept. 19, 2015
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Running back Jalen Richard rushed for career-highs of 230 yards and four touchdowns to lead visiting Southern Miss to a 56-50 non-conference victory over Texas State here Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (2-1) collected consecutive victories for the first time since 2011 as they scored over 50 points for the second-straight game.
Richard, the senior from Alexandria, La., posted the fourth-highest rushing game in school history as he helped the Golden Eagles erase a three-point halftime deficit, with three second-half touchdowns that included scoring runs of 54 and 63 yards.
After falling behind at halftime, the Golden Eagles forced Texas State to punt on its opening drive of the second half. Mullens, who threw for 333 yards on 19-of-27 passing with four touchdown passes, gave Southern Miss the lead for good when he hit wide receiver Casey Martin on a four-yard scoring strike just under three minutes into the second half. It was the first of two scoring catches for Martin, who finished the game with five grabs for 114 yards.
Richard then scored on a three-yard run to go along with his 54 yard scoring scamper in the third quarter as the Bobcats sandwiched a 37-yard field goal in between and Southern Miss led 42-28 after three quarters.
Mullens then pushed the lead back to 21 points at 49-28 when he hit Martin for a 50-yard scoring pass across the middle just 1:24 into the final period.
The Bobcats, though, rallied with 22 points down the stretch to get back into the game, but Kalan Reed helped thwart a late TX State drive with 1:57 left as the senior defensive back made a goal-line stop on fourth down to keep the Bobcats out of the end zone.
Southern Miss started the game quickly in the first half as well, taking the opening kickoff and driving it 75 yards over eight plays as Mullens hit receiver D.J. Thompson on a pair of completions, one of 27 yards to start the drive and the second of 23 yards to complete it for the first score of the game just 3:13 into the contest.
After Texas State cut the gap to 7-3 on its opening drive with a 27-yard Lumi Kaba field goal, Mullens pushed the Golden Eagles down the field again. The junior quarterback started the drive by connecting with Martin for 38 yards and four plays later hit freshman Jordan Mitchell for 19 yards on his first career touchdown reception for a 14-3 advantage.
The Bobcats punted to the Golden Eagles on their following possession and Southern Miss extended their lead to 21-3 as Jalen Richard tallied a one-yard scoring run, his first of the year, just six seconds into the second quarter.
Texas State (1-2) then scored 22 unanswered points in the second quarter as quarterback Tyler Jones started the run with a 35-yard scoring run just over a minute later to cut the gap to 21-10. Jones finished the contest with 310 yards passing (31-of-46), and team-best 160 rushing yards.
The score remained that way until two minutes before intermission when the home squad capped a 10-play, 64-yard drive with a three-yard pass to Lawrence White from Jones. TX State then went for two and converted on the pass play to cut the Golden Eagles advantage at 21-18 before the break.
On the next drive for Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles committed their first turnover of the contest as Running back Ito Smith fumbled the ball at the visitors 23. TX State took advantage and scored on a 3-and-19 pass play from the 32 from Jones to Demun Mercer to take a 25-21 lead at halftime.
The Golden Eagles return to the road next when they travel to Nebraska. Game time is set for 11 a.m., CT and will be shown on ESPN News.