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Southern Miss Runs Past SMU, 28-7

Oct. 13, 2007

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Stephen Reaves ran for one touchdown and threw for another in his first start at quarterback for Southern Mississippi to lead the Golden Eagles to a 28-7 victory over SMU on Saturday.

The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Southern Miss (3-3, 1-1 in Conference USA) and extended the Mustangs' (1-5, 0-2) losing streak to four games.

After a scoreless first quarter, Southern Miss took control of the game with 21 straight points in the second period.

Reaves, who was 18-of-26 for 206 yards, hit Shawn Nelson on a 28-yard scoring pass at the 8:24 mark of the quarter.

Chris Johnson added to the lead when he raced 19 yards on a reverse for a score.

Golden Eagles running back Damion Fletcher, who eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career in the game, scored on a 3-yard plunge to make it 21-0 at halftime.

Reaves added a 7-yard scoring run early in the fourth period for a 28-0 lead.

SMU avoided its first shutout in three years when a scrambling Justin Willis hit DeMyron Martin on a 16-yard scoring pass with 6:46 to play.

Fletcher finished with 108 yards on 19 carries for Southern Miss -- the fourth time this season he has gone over the 100-yard mark in a game.

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