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SMU vs. Southern Miss: Mustangs take 34-6 win over Golden Eagles

SMU utilized a strong defensive performance on Saturday night to walk away with a relatively easy victory over a winless team.

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SMU shuts down Southern Miss, 34-6

The SMU Mustangs (5-5, 4-2) used a tremendous defensive effort against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-10, 0-6) on Saturday, walking away with a relatively easy 34-6 win at Gerald Ford Stadium.

SMU opened the game with a 79-yard touchdown drive capped by a Garrett Gilbert 36-yard touchdown run to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead. After a Chase Hover field goal on the next drive, Southern Miss responded with their lone scoring drive of the game thanks to a shanked punt that gave the Golden Eagles a short field.

SMU then took complete control with 17 straight points in the second quarter as the Mustangs defense intercepted Southern Miss quarterback Chris Campbell twice in the final five minutes of the first half. SMU added a touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap a 34-6 victory.

Box Score Hero: The SMU defense held the Golden Eagles to just 51 rushing yards on 22 attempts while intercepting two passes in the game. Southern Miss, coming in averaging more than 170 yards rushing per game, was held to just 178 yards of total offense in the game.

But Did They Cover? The Mustangs easily covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites.

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Next Week's Schedule: Southern Miss will take on UTEP on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. CT. SMU will face Rice at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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Mustangs leading 27-6 after 3 quarters

SMU leads Southern Miss, 27-6, thanks to strong effort by the Mustangs defense through three quarters.

The Mustangs led 10-0 after the first quarter, thanks to a Garrett Gilbert 36-yard scramble on the opening drive of the game and a Chase Hover field goal late in the quarter. The Golden Eagles would take advantage of a short field to open the second quarter but the Mustangs would pull away, scoring 17 unanswered points and 14 in the final two minutes of the half.

The offense for both teams would dry up in the third quarter, however, with the SMU and Southern Miss combining for six total punts.

Garrett Gilbert is 21-of-35 for 182 yards and one touchdown as the SMU offense has leaned heavily on the running game, putting up 344 total yards of offense in the game. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, have just 142 yards of offense in the game, making just eight first downs through three quarters.

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SMU leads 10-0 after first

A 36-yard touchdown run by Garrett Gilbert helped give the SMU Broncos a 10-0 lead over Southern Miss after one quarter Saturday.

Gilbert has two carries for 61 yards in the game. He has completed 6 for 12 passes for 48 yards. Austin Fuller has two catches for 20 yards and Jeremy Johnson has three catches for 20 yards. Zach Line has eight carries for 47 yards.

SMU extended its lead to 10-0 on a 34-yard field goal by Chase Hover with 3:59 left in the first.

Southern Miss has struggled to move the ball. Quarterback Chris Campbell is 2 for 6 for 27 yards and running back Jalen Richard has three carries for 10 yards.

SMU has 156 total yards of offense compared to just 47 for Southern Miss. Both teams have been penalized twice for 10 yards each and neither team has turned the ball over in the game.

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Johnson, Southern Miss still without a win

The SMU Mustangs won't be seeing the same old Southern Miss Golden Eagles this weekend, as head coach Ellis Johnson's team is still looking for its first win of 2012.

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SMU Mustangs big favorites vs. Southern Miss

The total has gone over in five of Southern Miss' last five games on the road

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