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Football Returns Home to Face UTEP for Homecoming

Oct. 13, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Homecoming week remains a special annual event on the Southern Miss campus.

That time returned again this week and culminates when the Golden Eagles entertain Conference USA foe UTEP in a 6 p.m., contest Saturday at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The game can be seen live locally on THIS TV (channel 219 on Comcast) as well as online at and on twitter (@WatchStadium). In addition, the game can be heard on an affiliate of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network along with TuneIn via the internet.

The Golden Eagles (3-2 overall, 1-1 C-USA) return home after rallying on the road to defeat UTSA 31-29 in their first ever win at the Alamodome.

The victory came courtesy of Ito Smith’s 178 rushing yards, which included a school-record 89-yard touchdown run. Southern Miss scored 28 second-half points as sophomore quarterback Keon Howard threw for 212 yards on 15-of-20 passing and three touchdowns against the Roadrunners. It marked Howard’s first passing multi-TD game. Curtis Mikell added a big 61-yard interception return which started the Golden Eagle rally and Cornell Armstong helped deflect a two-point conversion pass in the game’s final minute to help preserve the win.

This week, Southern Miss looks to win its third-straight homecoming contest as they have posted a 58-22 overall mark when they have welcomed back their alumni.

Southern Miss leads the series with the Miners 5-4 and have won the last two meetings between the two schools which encompasses a 34-7 Golden Eagle victory last season at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Southern Miss captured a

UTEP has struggled heading into play this weekend with a 0-6 overall mark and 0-2 in C-USA play.

The Miners average 231.7 yards per game, which ranks No. 129 in the FBS, while the defense allows 465.2 yards per contest ranking No. 113.

Tickets are available for the game by going online at, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Ferlise Center will also be open Saturday from 11 a.m., until 2:30 p.m., before moving over to the M.M. Roberts Stadium Ticket Office on the southwest corner of the stadium.

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