Southern Miss uses strong first half to beat Louisiana 39-24

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HATTIESBURG, MS – Southern Miss played what head Coach Will Hall said was a “complete” first half, which lifted them to a 39-24 victory over defending Sun Belt champions, Louisiana. This marked Southern Miss’s tenth straight victory over the Ragin Cajuns and the first in the Sun Belt era.

“Phenomenal win for our program. I got an unbelievable amount of respect for the team we just beat. They have won over 40 games in four years. Just a tremendous program with great coaches in it…so proud of those kids, they have won a lot of games. But what a night for our program, to beat them is a big deal. Because they are a great football program not just a great team.” Hall said.

Southern Miss used a dominant first half, one that has not come so easy for Southern Miss to jump out in front fast early. On Louisiana’s second possession, starting quarterback Ben Wooldridge’s pass was intercepted by Malik Shorts. Shorts took the interception into the red zone, and five plays later, Janari Dean took it in for six. Southern Miss led 6-2 after an extra blocked point and returned for a score.

After Louisiana went three and out, Southern Miss scored on a big chunk play. Started running back Frank Gore Jr found Ty Mims on a perfectly placed deep ball for a 52-yard touchdown. It was the first passing touchdown Gore Jr had thrown all season that pushed the lead to 13-2.

“I knew it was money.” Gore Jr said when asked about his ball to Mims.

After another Louisiana three and out, the Golden Eagles connected on another big play. Wilcke found Jason Brownlee over the middle of the field, and Brownlee outran the defenders for a 76-yard touchdown to

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