Three takeaways from Southern Miss routing Northwestern State 64-10

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HATTIESBURG, MS – Southern Miss needed a game to let all the frustration out from the past two weeks, and they took advantage of that opportunity. After a week one heartbreak and a week two wipeout, the Golden Eagles returned home and earned their first win in a 64-10 rout

“It was good to get our first win of the season. I thought in all three phases, we had some really explosive plays,” Southern Miss Head Coach Will Hall said. “We didn’t turn the ball over…we had no turnovers. That’s a huge step in the right direction. With our main guys that played, I didn’t think we had any critical errors that cost us.”

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. The offense is showing promise but still has questions.

Freshman quarterback Zach Wilcke started his second career game and led the offense straight down the field to open. However, the offense stalled in the red zone early but got its rhythm afterward.

“We prefer to have touchdowns, and we got field goals. We’ve got to [get] better right there. But the opening drive, we took it down and scored, and the next drive, we drove it down and scored. We would like to score touchdowns every time we get it. We weren’t able to [do] that, but we still had successful drives,” Hall said.

Southern Miss had it first and goal twice on their opening two possessions and had to settle for field goals twice. Southern Miss would like to be more productive than that in the endzone, especially against an FBS team.

But after those two field goals, the offense started to come alive. Hall did not reveal on Wednesday whether we would see both Wilcke and former starting quarterback Ty Keyes

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