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Football Enjoys Offensive Explosion Last Saturday at Rice

Nov. 14, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A twitter post, which of course uses its newly constructed 280 character limit, could easily sum up Southern Miss’ victory last Saturday at Rice like this:

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In this new world of social media, that fictional message communicated to the masses that the Golden Eagles scored on every possession of the game until their last one. By that time, Southern Miss had turned Rice over on downs with 1:23 left in the contest and, with a nine-point lead, secured the win by kneeling down on the game’s final two plays.

The showing at Rice quite possibly might have been the most impressive offensive effort for the Golden Eagles in terms of efficiency on drives since beating UAB, 70-14, during the 2008 campaign. In that contest, Southern Miss scored touchdowns on 10 of its first 11 possessions to win their homecoming contest that year.

In this game against Rice, junior Kwadra Griggs, starting in his first contest in the last six games, threw for a season-best 331 yards and three touchdowns, while Ito Smith added two touchdown runs in the game. Korey Robertson came up with eight catches for a career-high 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns to add to the effective Golden Eagle offense.

The team managed its second-highest team total offensive output of the season at 517 yards against the Owls as they won for the third-straight time over Rice.

In recapping the victory, second-year coach Jay Hopson called the victory over the Owls one in which the offense ‘played lights out’ during his Monday weekly media conference.

He also praised the efforts of the team’s offensive line, which opened the holes for Smith as well as giving Griggs plenty of time to throw.

“Our offensive line was the catalyst of it all and did a great job blocking and protecting,” said Hopson. “(It was an) all-around, great job offensively.”

This week, the Golden Eagles look to continue that offensive hot streak when they welcome Charlotte (1-9 overall, 1-5 C-USA) to Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts for the second-straight year. Game time is set for 2 p.m., and will be available via a paid livestream of the game through C-USA.tv. The game can also be heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network as well as online at TuneIn.

The game marks the final home game for 23 seniors and it will be Military Appreciation Day at The Rock.

Single game and group tickets still remain for the Charlotte contest, and can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office, weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Discounts are available for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, military personnel, and recent Southern Miss graduates. 

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