HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss bounced back on offense after struggling last week in a 34-7 win over Prairie View on Saturday night.
After a lackluster performance against South Carolina in a 41-13 loss, Southern Miss (1-1) rolled up 464 yards of total offense. This was the largest margin of victory for the Golden Eagles since a 52-0 win over Alcorn State in 2009.
Southern Miss’ Austin Davis threw for 178 yards, one touchdown and one interception, despite sitting out the fourth quarter. DeAndre Brown caught five passes for 100 yards and a score.
Brown was criticized by Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora and offensive coordinator Blake Anderson earlier in the week for playing too soft and not putting forth effort in last Saturday’s loss.
“I’m playing with a chip on my shoulder the rest of this season.” Brown said. “A lot of bad things were said this past week, so I want to change those things to positives and show everybody what I’m all about.”
Kendrick Hardy carried 20 times for 86 yards to lead Southern Miss’ ground game, which gained 253 yards.
The Southern Miss defense, which allowed 449 yards against South Carolina, held Prairie View to 211 yards of total offense to help the Golden Eagles advance to 4-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents.
Southern Miss sprinted to a 31-0 halftime lead, but was outscored 7-3 in a sloppy second half. The Golden Eagles were called for five penalties for 50 yards and fumbled three times, losing possession once.
Prairie View was without preseason first team All-SWAC quarterback K.J. Black for a second straight game. Backup Jonathan Troast started the game in his place and completed just 5 of his 14 attempts for three yards. Andrew McGlory relieved Troast late in the second quarter and completed 8 of 18 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids fought hard.” Prairie View coach Henry Frazier said. “We just ended a nine game winning streak, so we’re going back to work and start on one for next week.”
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