Football Finishes Home Slate with Charlotte on Saturday
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss finishes the home portion of its 2017 football schedule Saturday when they play host to Charlotte at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Southern Miss Drops Contest at Home to Charlotte 38-27
Mr. Hyde returned to M.M. Roberts Stadium Saturday afternoon. A week after a dominating defensive performance, Southern Miss saw Charlotte rush for more than 300 yards on its way to defeating the Golden Eagles 38-27 before 28,347.
This Conference USA tilt marks the final home game for 23 seniors and it also will be Military Appreciation Day at The Rock. Several promotions, including a flyover and an indoctrination of several armed forces candidates, takes place during the contest. In addition, a 5K Run to benefit Golden Eagle softball happens earlier in the day and finishes in Roberts Stadium.
One of those 23 seniors playing in his final game includes running back Ito Smith, who went over the 4,000 yards rushing last week at Rice to become only the 10th player in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision history to reach that plateau along with 1,000-yards receiving.
Smith has 4,143 rushing yards and 1,409 receiving yards on 132 catches. Smith, who already has the most receptions of any running back in Golden Eagle history, needs three to tie for fifth on the school’s career chart for catches as Casey Martin tallied 135 from 2014-15.
Receiver Allenzae Staggers plays in his final home game as well for Southern Miss. Staggers has posted 1,569 on 97 career catches over the last two seasons, while fellow senior receiver Isaiah Jones has 505 yards on 40 grabs over the last two campaigns.
On the offensive line, Devin Farrior appears in his 52nd career game and set to make his 38th start. Farrior has started every game this season at center, after appearing at offensive guard over his first three seasons. One other senior on the offensive line, Jerry Harris, makes his 11th-consecutive start and 15th of his career in his final home game.
Thigpen, who has 36 tackles this season, leads the way with 9.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Moore leads the squad in total tackles with 64, while Applewhite ranks third on the roster with 54 stops. Mikell and Douglas have 42 tackles each, while Riley has 28 stops to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss.
Southern Miss (6-4 overall, 4-2 C-USA) plays a Charlotte squad that comes to Hattiesburg for the second-straight year. The Golden Eagles look to avenge a 38-27 setback from last season to the 49ers (1-9, 1-5) on Saturday. It will be the third meeting in the series which dates back to 2015 and each team has won once.
The Pat Ferlise Ticket Office will be open from 8-10:30 a.m., on gameday, before moving over to the Roberts Stadium box office, beginning at 11 a.m.