Eagles crash in second half against Blazers
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 01:11
“At the end of the day, we’re not playing good football,” said Head Football Coach Ellis Johnson after Southern Miss’s 27-19 loss to UAB on Saturday. “We were our own worst enemy tonight. I don’t think we’re a well-coached football team.”
Southern Miss stayed win-less on the season after allowing a 16 point halftime lead slip through their fingers. The Golden Eagles only mustered 117 yards in the second half and turned it over twice. Their second half output was surpassed by UAB running back Darrin Reaves, who ran for 169 of his season-high 223 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.
It was another offensive struggle for the Eagles. They gained 295 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. Despite only having 18 yards passing at the half, Southern Miss was able to score on a safety and touchdowns on runs of 10 and 29 yards in the first half, as they were the benefactors of favorable field position.
Blazers quarterback Austin Brown was held almost 100 yards under his season average for passing yards. Southern Miss was able to sack him five times and disrupt the flow of the UAB passing game. Brown finished with 228 yards on 17 completions with a touchdown and an interception.
UAB relied heavily on their running game. Southern Miss had no answer for Reaves. Every yard he gained seemed to suck a little momentum from the Southern Miss sideline to the UAB sideline. The Blazers closed the game with 20 unanswered points to complete the comeback.
It was another rough outing for Eagle quarterback Anthony Alford, who got the start after missing last week’s game against Rice. Alford completed only 10 of his 26 pass attempts for 112 yards and an interception; 56 yards were gained on one completion. Alford also led the team in rush attempts with 14 but only gained 45 yards.
Running back Jalen Richard rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles on the ground. Wide receiver Francisco Llanos had a team-high five receptions for 47 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Jamie Collins recorded three sacks, bringing his season total to nine.
Southern Miss will carry their 0-9 overall record and 0-5 conference record on the road next weekend when the Eagles travel to Dallas to face the Mustangs of SMU. The Mustangs are 4-5 on the season and 3-2 in C-USA play. SMU will be looking for revenge after losing 27-3 to the Eagles at the Rock last season.