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Golden Eagles Travel to Western Kentucky for First Meeting with Hilltoppers

Tracy Lampley

Sept. 21, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss football team makes its first trip to the state of Kentucky since 2009 when they head to Bowling Green, Saturday, to face Western Kentucky in a 6 p.m., contest at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

The game can be heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network and will also be shown via the internet on

The Golden Eagles meet WKU for the first time in their football history as this will be the 16th time that the school will play a game in the Bluegrass state. Southern Miss has faced Louisville, Kentucky and Murray State, on the road with the last trip there coming at UofL in a 25-23 loss at the hands of the Cards on Oct. 10, 2009.

Southern Miss (0-2) looks for its first victory of the season after dropping a 24-14 home decision to East Carolina last weekend to open Conference USA play. The Hilltoppers (2-1) come into the second home game of the season with one loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, as well as a staggering 32-31 upset in overtime at Kentucky last weekend.

Quarterback Kawaun Jakes completed 16-of-22 passes for 160 yards to lead the team in its win over the Wildcats. In addition, he also completed a game-winning lateral to end the game on a two-point conversion.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles have been led by senior Desmond Johnson's rushing, who has averaged 63.0 yards per contest over the first two games. Tracy Lampley and Markese Triplett pace the receiving corps with four catches each.

Lampley needs 54 all-purpose yards to move ahead of Derrick Nix (1998-2000, 02) for fourth all-time on the school's career chart. The senior from Waynesboro, Miss., has averaged 96.4 all-purpose yards per game over his career.

Southern Miss will start either junior Chris Campbell or freshman Anthony Alford at quarterback. Both players have each gotten a start at that spot this season.

On defense, Jamie Collins continues to lead Southern Miss in tackles with 20, to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Junior Deron Wilson is next at 18, while fellow junior Jacorius Cotton has 15.

Following the WKU contest, the Golden Eagles return home for the first of two-straight home games when they entertain long-time rival Louisville, Sept. 29, at The Rock. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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