University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
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#359 University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
vs. #360 Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Written by Chris Kubala

It’s a non-conference tilt on the gridiron when a Conference USA program makes the trip to battle the big, bad SEC in the Yellowhammer State. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are on the road as they make the trip to face the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday afternoon. Southern Miss survived a wild game on the road at Troy, prevailing 47-42 last Saturday. Alabama went on the road and whipped South Carolina 47-23 last Saturday in their SEC opener. The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series 29-3-1 and has taken the last six meetings, including a 52-12 home win on September 13, 2014 in the most recent matchup.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles Try to Pull Upset on the Road

Southern Miss managed to pick up a road win last week after getting dumped by Mississippi State the week before as they outlasted Troy. The Golden Eagles now face a much tougher opponent from the Yellowhammer State as they make the trip to Tuscaloosa. Southern Miss was in a wild game all the way and survived in part thanks to Jaylond Adams’ third kick return for a score this season, a 100-yard runback in the fourth quarter that gave the Golden Eagles a 40-28 advantage. Southern Miss owned a 626-528 advantage in total offense, picked up 26 first downs while allowing 21 and owned a 35:11 to 24:49 edge in time of possession. Neither team turned the ball over in the contest.

The Golden Eagles stand 12th in the nation in passing offense as they average 347 yards per contest while they stand just 114th in rushing offense with 106 yards per game. Southern Miss is 58th in the FBS with 33.3 points per game for scoring offense while the team is tied for 91st by allowing 30 points per game this season. Jack Abraham has completed 64 of 90 passes for 990 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Neil McLaurin hit his lone pass attempt for 51 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Perkins leads the ground game with 18 carries for 88 yards on the season. De’Michael Anderson (20 carries, 80 yards) and Steven Anderson (19 carries, 59 yards, TD) are next in line. Adams leads the team with 18 catches for 257 yards plus a score on the season. Jordan Mitchell (16 grabs, 295 yards, two TD), Tim Jones (13 receptions, 152 yards, TD) and Quez Watkins (seven catches, 209 yards, two TD) are also factors in the passing game. Andrew Stein has hit all nine extra point attempts and five of six field goal tries with a long of 39 this season.

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