Southern Miss knocks off North Texas

Published 11:40 pm Saturday, October 3, 2015

HATTIESBURG (AP) — For the first time in nearly four years, Southern Miss is on the right side of .500.

Nick Mullens threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Southern Miss trounced North Texas 49-14 on Saturday night.

Mullens was 27-of-36 for 325 yards and no interceptions. Justice Hayes ran for 86 yards on 16 carries with a 2-yard touchdown, Ito Smith added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Michael Thomas had seven catches for a career-high 155 yards and three scores for the Golden Eagles (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA).

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Southern Miss generated 573 yards of offense and ran up a 35-0 score through three quarters as North Texas (0-4, 0-2) was overwhelmed. Mullens threw touchdown passes to Thomas and Casey Martin in the first half, and added two more scoring passes of 5 and 62 yards to Thomas in the third quarter. He also ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Southern Miss had 248 rushing yards.

It’s the first time Southern Miss has had a winning record at any point in a season since beating Nevada in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl to finish 12-2. The Golden Eagles lost 23 consecutive games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. They were 2-2 after four games last year, then lost the next two and finished 3-9.

Florida Tech 41, Delta St. 37

Florida Tech used a kickoff return and a fumble recovery to offset a middling offensive performance and upset Delta State.

Delta State (4-1, 0-1 Gulf South Conference) was ranked fifth in this week’s Division II poll.

Florida Tech quarterback Mark Cato was just 14-of-32 passing for 175 yards. He threw four interceptions. The Panthers, however, scored touchdowns on a 100-yard kickoff return by Gary Holmes and a 22-yard fumble return by Josh Denton.

Jacksonville St. 49, Miss. Valley St. 7

Troymaine Pope and Eli Jenkins each rushed for two touchdowns, and the Jacksonville State (4-1) defense swarmed over Mississippi Valley State.

Mississippi Valley State (0-5) totaled 194 yards and turned it over four times.

Grambling 59, JSU 27

Johnathan Williams threw for 327 yards and five touchdowns as Grambling beat Jackson State.

JSU quarterback LaMontiez Ivy passed for 490 yards and three TDs, and also ran for 63 yards and a score.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 59, Belhaven 13

Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-0) set an NCAA Division III record with 15 sacks, scored 50 points in the first half, and cruised past Belhaven (0-5) for its 58th consecutive regular-season victory.

Tristan Hibbeler completed 33 of 46 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns for Belhaven (0-5) which, because of the sack yardage, finished with minus-87 rushing yards.

LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22

Leonard Fournette highlighted his third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU (4-0) overcame a fitful performance to beat Eastern Michigan.

Fournette had 233 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to remain among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He also became the first player in the history of the Southeastern Conference to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games.