Southern Miss tops Troy in wild game, 47-42

Published 10:00 pm Saturday, September 14, 2019

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Jaylond Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards to help Southern Miss thwart Troy’s come-back bid and secure a 47-42 victory on Saturday.

Troy’s Reggie Todd had just returned a kickoff 69 yards as the Trojans closed to 33-28 with 11:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Adams answered on the following kickoff to stretch the lead to 40-28. The teams then traded touchdowns until Troy’s Kaleb Barker hit Khalil McClain on a 35-yard touchdown toss to close to 47-42 with 2:51 remaining.

The ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Golden Eagles and they ran out the clock.

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The teams had played nine times previously but had never faced off in Troy and Southern Miss made the most of the opportunity, going ahead 33-21 after Neil McLaurin nailed Jordan Mitchell on a 51-yard scoring strike early in the fourth.

Adams accounted for 322 all-purpose yards, catching 11 passes for 180 yards and returning three kickoffs for 136 yards total. He also had a punt return for five yards and one rush for one yard. Adams’ total ranks as the second-most all-purpose yards in a game in Southern Miss history.

Jack Abraham led the Golden Eagles (2-1), throwing for a career-best 463 yards and two scores. Abraham’s total is the second-best single-game performance in Southern Miss history. He also broke his own school record by completing 17 consecutive passes.

Quez Watkins finished with 209 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Barker threw for a career-high 504 yards and four touchdowns for Troy (1-1).