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First Half Recap: UTSA & Southern Miss Defenses Battle in Hattiesburg

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If scoring and offense is your kind of thing, you probably switched to another game after the first quarter ended in the UTSA football game on the road against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

At the time, the score was 3-0 in favor of the home team. The Roadrunners had just 16 yards of offense, compared to 95 yards for Southern Miss. It could’ve been 6-0 had the Golden Eagles attempted and made a field goal try, but they tried to convert the down with a fake instead.

If you stuck it out until the halfway mark of the 2nd quarter, you saw the Roadrunner defense come up big for the visitors when the Golden Eagle offense was facing 3rd & 21 on their end of the field. Southern Miss quarterback Tate Whatley scrambled out of the pocket and was met by a UTSA defender at the 1 yard line, and fumbled the football. UTSA’s Charles Wiley tried to scoop the ball up for a score, and in the process kicked it out of the end zone.


After further review it was confirmed that UTSA never took possession of the ball, and the act of the ball going through the end zone resulted in a safety, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of Southern Miss.

With a short field following a Golden Eagle Punt, the Roadrunners would be the first to find the end zone when Frank Harris found Zakahri Franklin on the left side for a score. Hunter Duplessis hit the extra point and UTSA led 9-3 with just under six minutes left in the half.

On the ensuing drive for the Golden Eagles, a couple of major penalties for 25 yards by the Roadrunners, including a targeting call on Antonio Parks, Southern Miss went 75 yards on just eight plays, and Whatley found Tim Jones in the end zone for six, and after the the PAT took the lead at 10-9, which is where the scoring would end for the half.

Antonio Parks was ejected for his targeting hit on Frank Gore Jr. during that Golden Eagle scoring drive. Parks will be eligible to return next weekend against North Texas.

The UTSA defense was swarming and made several big plays, but the offensive weapons failed to get much traction, and only recorded 95 yards as a unit. Sincere McCormick has 13 carries for 44 yards in his return to the field, and Frank Harris has just 37 yards passing. Josh Cephus leads the team in receiving with 3 catches for 20 yards.

For the Golden Eagles, they haven’t run the ball well either, but have done well in the passing game behind Tate Whatley’s 125 yards on 11 of 17 completed pass attempts, one of which was the score to Jones.

The second half is up next from Hattiesburg. Be sure to come back to the Project Spurs Network for the recap after the game.

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