USM Wins 48-28

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Jamie Collins scored on a 97-yard interception return and Deron Wilson added one of 79 yards to lead Southern Mississippi to a 48-28 win over East Carolina on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles also got return touchdowns on punt plays as Tracy Lampley scored from 60 yards and Emmanuel Johnson scooped up a blocked punt and rambled 15 yards for another touchdown.

Southern Miss (8-1, 4-1 Conference USA) gave up a 72-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Davis to Reese Wiggins on the second play of the game, but the Golden Eagles scored the next four touchdowns en route to a 38-14 halftime lead.

Southern Miss seized control of C-USA's East Division with its seventh straight win, while East Carolina (4-5, 3-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Golden Eagles have dominated the series against the Pirates with wins in 16 of their last 19 visits to East Carolina.

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Southern Miss scored 28 points on defense and special teams en route to a 48-28 over East Carolina Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Danny Hrapmann hit a 38 yard field goal to put USM up 48-21.

Desmond Johnson scored from 3 yards out to put USM up 45-21 in the third quarter against ECU.

Dominique Davis threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Justin Hardy to pull the Pirates to within 17 at 38-21.

Deron Wilson intercepted Dominique Davis and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown to put the Golden Eagles up 38-14.

Reggie Hunt blocked an ECU punt and Emmanuel Johnson returned it 20 yards for USM touchdown. It was the second special teams TD for the Golden Eagles in the first quarter as ECU is now down 21-7.

Tracy Lampley returned an ECU punt 60 yards for a touchdown to put the Golden Eagles up 14-7 in the first quarter.

Jamie Collins intercepted a Dominique Davis pass and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7.

Dominique Davis found Reese Wiggins on the second play from scrimmage for a 72 yard touchdown connection to put ECU up 7-0.

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- First place in Conference USA's East Division is once again on the line when East Carolina and Southern Mississippi play.

For the Golden Eagles, there's even more at stake -- their spot in the BCS standings.

The winner of Saturday's matchup between Southern Miss (7-1, 3-1) and Pirates (4-4, 3-1) will have the top spot in the division all to itself and will have the inside track to a spot in next month's league championship game.

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill says his team knows what's at stake.

Southern Miss has won 15 of 18 matchups in Greenville through the years. But its last visit was one to forget, with the Pirates claiming a 25-20 win two years ago that gave them a spot in the league title game.

You can watch the game on WITN, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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  • by KZV Location: Greensboro on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    Ruff - why don't you bring back Sonny Randle to help you out - he's still alive & kicking isn't he?? - it couldn't be any worse
  • by Could Lincoln do it? Location: ENc on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    What does everyone think about Lincoln Riley? Does he have what it takes to run the Pirate ship? Could be a good PR move, as well as a recruiting plus. He's so young he could get some slang speak to persuade recruits. Or, will his lack of experience not allow that to happen? How say this board.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    We all need to settle down. Any minute now we will receive "A Message From The Pirate Nation" from good ole TH setting the record straight. Then we can go back to feeling good about this football program. Yea, Right.
  • by west florida grad on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    Once again, the Pirate Nation was sold a bill of goods. The Nation has done their job, throwing their hard earned money down a bottonless pit with no value.The current head coach is lost and his style is pathetic. He can lose games in anyt or every manner possible. The Pirates have no edge. The edge was last seen in the CUSA game against Houston. Ruff is a great assistant but that does not translate to a head coach or the face of the Pirate Nation. He must go . Its time to clean the barnicles from the bottom of the ship.
  • by Chuck on Nov 6, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    To all your folks who think Holtz is a great coach,He has not won a single Big East conference Game @ USF. Hey are 4-4 Looked at remaining USF Schedule & See disaster coming.Predict Holtz will be 4-8 At S.Florida this year.Wouldn't it be something if He Got Fired at USF. Rember Bill Lewis who Jumped Ship From ECU in early 1992 for Ga Tech?Think he lasted 2 years at Teck & "Then Fired". Holtz Will not be successfull at a Major School like USF. His Offensive coach is a joke. He is not as good of a coach as you jokers think.Daddy Lou cannot hely Skippy now. He jumped ship @ ECU because he saw the bad years @ ECU coming. Greg Hudsons defense was what made Holtz Shine.When Hudson lefy ECU Holtz's star was not shinning so bright.
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      by John on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:20 AM in reply to Chuck
      Hey Chuck: Where were you at last year when USF had such a great yr. This is his first bump in the road at USF and you act like a prophet. LOL
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        by Chuck on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to John
        Yes he did last year.But now is now & Then was last year.He won last year with Prior coaches players who appearently graduated Or cannot fit into His plain Vanilla offense. Time will tell brother.Time will tell. I Still think i am right on target.
  • by Jeff on Nov 6, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    Go Miss.!!!!
  • by Give Ruff a break Location: Greenville on Nov 6, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    For those of you criticizing the coach and his staff, please realize that although he has yet to find a groove this year, all of you were pretty happy to ride his back to that bowl last year, right? Right now he has even less of a team than he did last year. Add to that a horribly tough opening schedule with 5 top notch teams (VA SC UNC HOU USM) The star athletes have lomg graduated. Let him get the meat of his recruits in and I think you'll see a difference. Now the commentator was so far out of line that it was ridiculous! A great deal of it was true, but all in all he was unprofessional to say that.
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      by Chuck on Nov 6, 2011 at 05:40 PM in reply to Give Ruff a break
      I Agree.THese posters have no clue as to why ECU is 4-5. It is not Ruffs fault. Lack of Experence players,Tough early schedule,Injures & "Just plain bad luck" is why ECU is is in the shape. Four of the nine games ECU has played at ranked.
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      by Purple on Nov 6, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to Give Ruff a break
      ENUFF OF RUFF!!!
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      by porkchop on Nov 7, 2011 at 02:31 AM in reply to Give Ruff a break
      I thought last year was a joke, as well. It was painfully obvious from Ruff's first game that ECU could not play fundamentally sound football, a dead-on indicator of lack of preparation. This year is just a continuation of a program without a clue, reflecting a coach without a clue. Last year, they stumbled into a bowl game with the remnants Skip had left. At this point it's not about wins and losses. I just don't want to be embarassed.
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      by Russ on Nov 7, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to Give Ruff a break
      You have to be kidding. They should never even been selected to go to a bowl last year. Absolutly no defense what so ever. Who cares if they all graduated. It couldn't have been any worse. This years defense can at least tackle. But with the QB we have the offense are the ones that need to learn how to tackle. Until DD is benched they want ever have a chance.
  • by Greg Location: Charleston, SC on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    Miscues are killing us. For those of you that think we haven't improved... Look at the numbers. Our Defense has improved year over year. We gave up 13 points last week and 20 last night (for an example) Quit messing up on offense (and special teams) and giving the opponent a short field.
  • by Greg Location: Charleston, SC on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    Miscues are killing us. For those of you that think we haven't improved... Look at the numbers. Our Defense has improved year over year. We gave up 13 points last week and 20 last night (for an example) Quit messing up on offense (and special teams) and giving the opponent a short field.
  • by John Location: Washington on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    Our 4 wins are from teams that are 8-29. The commentators were only stating the obvious. If you do not agree with the commentators, tune in next week for the UTEP game. BTW, they are 1-4 in the conference. Should be a easy win (LMAO)
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