Southern Miss defeats Savannah State, 90 unanswered points in 1.5 games


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss's home-opener against Savannah State was an exciting atmosphere for not only the fans, but the players as well.

The Golden Eagles defeated the Tigers, 56-0.

Running back, Ito Smith said, "Like last week, how we upsetted Kentucky, that could've easily been us this week. So we couldn't take them lightly. So we just had to go out there and handle business."

"If playing a home-opener don't get you fired up enough to execute and play with your hair on fire, then we don't know what will so…," said defensive end, Xavier Thigpen.

After an early interception from Nick Mullens, the offense quickly bounced back and put up 21 points in the first quarter.

Head coach, Jay Hopson said, "Some adversity struck early and then I thought we really picked it up and played pretty well."

Momentum would keep going in the second quarter.

The offense put up three touchdowns.

One touchdown was from a 65-yard catch by wide receiver, Isaiah Jones, another was a 16-yard catch by wide receiver, D.J. Thompson, and then running back, George Payne scored off an 11-yard run.

But, that was not all of the touchdowns in the second quarter.

Punt returner, Allenzae Staggers scored off of 75-yard punt return too.

Wide receiver, Marquise Ricard said, "We got into a good little rhythm. We just took what they were giving us, and you know that just added up in the long run, and we made a drive out of it each and every time, and put some points up at the end."

Richard would score in the third quarter and that was pretty much the game.

Savannah State ran 42 plays and only had 41 yards of total offense.

"The one thing that I'm most proud of is the fact that I thought we prepared hard this week and we were focused. And I thought that was good to see. You hope that's an indicator of a mature team," said Hopson.

Southern Miss beat Savannah State big, but the key stat that jumps out is the Golden Eagles scored 90 unanswered points in just 1.5 games.

Southern Miss’s next game will be at home against Troy at 6 p.m.

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