Southern Miss halts long losing skid, avoids winless season

Southern Miss wide receiver James Cox dives but can't catch a pass in the second quarter against UAB. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

Southern Miss wide receiver James Cox dives but can’t catch a pass in the second quarter against UAB. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Nick Mullens threw a career-high five touchdown passes and rushed for another on Saturday as Southern Miss secured its first victory of the season, 62-27 over UAB.

The Golden Eagles (1-11, 1-7 Conference USA) trailed by eight points at the start of the third quarter. Mullens led a 28-0 rally with three touchdown passes and a 1-yard touchdown rush to put Southern Miss ahead by 20 points at the start of the fourth. He threw for 370 yards.

A loss to the Blazers would have given Southern Miss back-to-back winless seasons, something that has only happened once in the last 30 years.

Jonathan Perry threw two touchdown passes to Jamarcus Nelson, who finished with a game-high 117 yards receiving for UAB (2-10, 1-7). The Blazers are last in total defense in the Conference USA, allowing an average of 500.2 yards per game. Southern Miss amassed 472 yards in the matchup.

  • boonhoggenbeck1

    Their recruiting grounds are drying up and most likely will continue to do so. They are being hurt by State and Ole Miss in state, South Alabama and Troy (maybe even UAB) in Alabama, and ULL and Louisiana Tech in Louisiana. They also lack resources and are in a decimated conference. That should just about do it.