Southern Miss claims first conference road win against UTSA


Led by backup quarterback Keon Howard’s 220 yard, three touchdown performance, Southern Miss walked out of San Antonio’s Alamo Bowl Saturday night with a much needed 31-29 conference victory.

The scoring began early for the Golden Eagles, as Howard found junior Jay’Shawn Washington for a 32 yard touchdown pass with 9:37 remaining in the first quarter to put the Golden Eagles up 7-3.

USM wouldn’t score again until the third quarter when Howard would find junior Korey Robertson for a 20 yard touchdown reception and then one minute and 47 seconds later, freshman standout, Quez Watkins, for a 48 yard touchdown pass to put USM up 21- 13 heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior running back Ito Smith, Jr. would make his presence felt early in the fourth quarter when he took a handoff 89 yards to the end zone to put the Golden Eagles in control 28-13 with 13:20 remaining in the game. Junior placekicker Parker Shaunfield would finish off the scoring for the Golden Eagles with a 24 yard field goal to put USM up 31-23 with one minute 56 seconds remaining in the contest.

A last gasp touchdown by the Roadrunners would put UTSA within a two point conversion of tying the game with 48 seconds left, but the two point attempt would fail, thus sealing a much needed victory for the Golden Eagles.

USM will host UTEP at M.M. Roberts Stadium this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.