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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss took advantage of Southern University miscues early and then proceeded to dominate the Jaguars throughout as the Golden Eagles defeated the Jaguars 45-0 Saturday night before 24,337 at M.M. Roberts Stadium.usm subr090917USM Photo

Junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, and the Golden Eagles (1-1) scored in all three phases of the game to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Kentucky.

“Our guys played physical,” Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson said. “It was good to see us come out. Special teams score was a big plus, and, eventually, we had a pick-six, and those are good things.

“As a whole, I was pretty pleased with the effort.”

Southern Miss piled up 477 yards total offense and 27 first downs in a game that saw major player rotation through the first half and massive substitution in the second as the Golden Eagles _ members of the Football Bowl Subdivision _ stymied the Football Championship Subdivision Jaguars.

It was Southern Miss’ first shutout since defeating FCS-member Savannah State 56-0 in the second game of the 2016 season.

“That’s the reality of playing against a really good football team,” Southern U. coach Dawson Odums said. “They’re a team that’s up and coming.

“It was tough sledding out there (Saturday).”

~ USM Sports Information


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