Scores

Final

FIU 24

(1-4, 1-0 C-USA)

Southern Miss 23

(0-5, 0-1 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, October 5, 2013

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
FIU 0 21 0 324
USM 7 9 7 023

Top Performers

Passing: A. Bridgford (USM) - 243 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Spearman III (FIU) - 29 CAR, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Triplett (USM) - 7 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Spearman leads FIU past Southern Miss 24-23

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Freshman Silas Spearman III rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Austin Taylor kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6 minutes, 53 seconds, left in the game that gave the Golden Panthers a 24-23 victory over the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss had a chance at the end after a pass interference call moved the ball to the Golden Panthers' 37-yard line, but Corey Acosta's 44-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the game was tipped at the line and fell far short.

Southern Miss lost its 17th consecutive game, adding to the longest active losing streak in the nation. The Golden Eagles last won a football game when they defeated Nevada 24-17 on Christmas Eve in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl.

FIU (1-4, 1-0 Conference USA), which had lost to FCS Bethune-Cookman and been outscored 110-0 by UCF and Louisville, won its inaugural C-USA football game. Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1) dropped its eighth straight home game.

The Golden Panthers 24 points Saturday were one more than they had scored in their first four games combined and their three touchdowns matched their season total coming into the game.

Southern Miss' Allan Bridgford completed 26 of 45 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. But he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble when sacked near the end of the first half that led to an FIU touchdown.

For Bridgford, a fifth-year transfer from Cal, it was his first game of the season with more than one touchdown pass. But Bridgford now has 11 interceptions through his first five starts for the Golden Eagles, with at least two in each game.

Two of Bridgford's scoring passes went to Markese Triplett, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury four games into the 2012 season. It was the first multiple touchdown game of his career.

FIU's Jake Medlock, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 88 yards, was intercepted twice before being pulled late in the first half. Medlock appeared to be shook up after a hard hit while chasing down a bad snap in the end zone that Southern Miss turned into a safety with 2:14 left in the second quarter.

Backup E.J. Hilliard completed 8 of 13 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, including a 16-yard scoring toss to T.J. Lowder that gave the Golden Panthers a 21-16 halftime lead.

Spearman came into the game with 33 net yards rushing on 22 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FIU
USM
1st Downs2019
Total Yards341314
Passing181243
Rushing16071
Penalties8-703-19
3rd Down Conversions2-146-15
4th Down Conversions2-22-2
Turnovers24
Possession35:5824:02

Passing Leaders

Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hilliard8/13937.210
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridgford26/452435.432

Rushing Leaders

Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spearman III291364.7232
Caldwell12322.709
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Richard11474.3028
Hardy10313.1015

Receiving Leaders

Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Griner24522.5037
Smith44310.8017
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Triplett79613.7231
Richard44411.0139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFIUUSM
TD09:23Markese Triplett 13 Yd Pass From Allan Bridgford (Corey Acosta Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERFIUUSM
TD13:33Silas Spearman III 3 Yd Run (Austin Taylor Kick) 77
TD11:39Jalen Richard 39 Yd Pass From Allan Bridgford (Corey Acosta Kick) 714
TD05:31Silas Spearman III 1 Yd Run (Austin Taylor Kick) 1414
SF02:14 1416
TD00:57T.J. Lowder 16 Yd Pass From E.J. Hilliard (Austin Taylor Kick) 2116
THIRD QUARTERFIUUSM
TD08:45Markese Triplett 6 Yd Pass From Allan Bridgford (Corey Acosta Kick) 2123
FOURTH QUARTERFIUUSM
FG06:53Austin Taylor 27 Yd 2423