Football Finishes Regular Season Saturday at Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Southern Miss has played well on the road this season.
The Golden Eagles (7-4 overall, 5-2 C-USA) go for their fifth victory away from Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Saturday, when they play Conference USA foe Marshall at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in the team’s regular-season finale. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET.
Mullens sets new record, Southern Miss beats Marshall 24-14
Nick Mullens threw for a touchdown and broke a school passing record as Southern Mississippi stopped a two-game slide with a 24-14 win over Marshall on Saturday night. Mullens had 300 yards passing for the Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA) to become the school's all-time leader with 11,057 career yards, surpassing the 10,892 yards of Austin Davis (2008-11). Ito Smith ran for 140 yards and two scores. Mullens took the Golden Eagles 75 yards on the game's first drive and Smith capped it with a touchdown run to give them a 7-0 lead. Parker Shaunfield kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter and the Golden Eagles were up 10-7 at the break.
Southern Miss has posted a 4-1 record away from The Rock this season and average 29.2 points, while also notching 455.8 total yards per game on the road.
Junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs, who has tallied a 4-1 record as the Golden Eagle starter, has notched 1,623 passing yards on 119-of-205 passes with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Former Greenwood High School teammate Korey Robertson, the junior wide receiver, looks to become only the seventh Golden Eagle to register 1,000 receiving yards in a season as he leads the squad with 65 catches for 952 yards and a team-best 10 touchdown receptions.
With his 1,173 rushing yards, senior Ito Smith will try to move up the single-season chart for rushing yards after posting his third 1,000-yard season on the ground in 2017.
Defensively, the Golden Eagles have put together eight or more tackles for loss in seven of the last eight games including 11 last weekend against Charlotte. Senior Xavier Thigpen leads the way with for the Golden Eagles with 10.5 tackles for loss, while sophomore Paxton Schrimsher and freshman Racheem Boothe are next at 8.5 TFLs each.
Against the Thundering Herd (7-4, 4-3), the Golden Eagles vie for their second-straight after beating them in Hattiesburg 24-14 last season. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak to Marshall. The two teams have played every year since the start of the series here in 2005 with both teams winning six meetings.