COURTESY: ALCORN STATE ATHLETICS
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A touchdown early in the third quarter had the Alcorn State University football program threatening for an upset, but Southern Miss was able to shake-off the Braves in a 38-10 final on Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
The Braves (0-1) trailed 13-0 at half when they came out and scored on a 10-play, 75-yard drive that was finished by a 15-yard touchdown run by senior De’Shawn Waller. It cut the deficit to 13-7.
However, on the ensuing drive, USM (1-0) scored on a 55-yard touchdown bomb on a 3rd and 17 play, which ultimately changed the course of the game. The Golden Eagles then started pulling away late in the third quarter.
Senior kicker/punter Corey McCullough became the school’s all-time leader in made field goals. In the third quarter, he drilled a 44-yarder which was the 35th of his career.
Waller finished with 51 yards and a touchdown. Senior Noah Johnson threw for 143 yards on 17-for-31 passing. Senior Chris Blair recorded 67 receiving yards.
On defense, sophomore Keyron Kinsler wrapped up a team-high six tackles. Senior Taurence Wilson grabbed an interception, and senior Javen Morrison both forced and recovered a fumble.
The Braves won the time of possession battle 34:07-25:53.
The Golden Eagles were led by Jaylond Adams who returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown. Jack Abraham threw for 293 yards and a touchdown.