Eagles fall to Cardinals in rain soaked affair
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 13:10
Bridgewater did not disappoint on the first drive, leading the Cardinals down the field before finishing it with a 23 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVante Parker. Then the rain started falling and it never stopped. The weather hindered the passing game and limited Bridgewater to only 9-13 passing for 85 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
“Our scheme was to come in and throw the ball a good amount but obviously we couldn’t do that,” said Southern Miss quarterback Ricky Lloyd in the post-game press conference. Lloyd attempted just eight passes. He completed two for a total of 25 yards.
Both offenses were carried by their rushing attacks. Louisville ran the ball 50 times while Southern Miss recorded a season high 48 rush attempts. The two teams combined for over 400 yards on the ground. Louisville junior running back Senorise Perry had a game-high 118 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Desmond Johnson led the way for Southern Miss with 99 yards while freshman Jalen Richard recorded the Eagle’s only offensive touchdown.
The Golden Eagles were shut out during the second half and only gained 73 total yards, 57 of which came on the last drive. Louisville hung around and took advantage of Southern’s inability to close the game out. After a disastrous drive where Southern Miss lost 23 yards in three plays, punter Peter Boehme had ball control issues and shanked a punt six yards. Perry closed Louisville’s resulting drive with a 14 yard touchdown run which proved to be the game-winning score.
With 5:27 left in the game, Ricky Lloyd and the Golden Eagles took over for a chance at a game-winning drive. Facing a fourth-and-five at the Louisville 25 yard line, Offensive Coordinator Steve Buckley called for a halfback pass to the quarterback. Desmond Johnson could not connect with Lloyd. The pass fell incomplete and the Eagles fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1976. Southern Miss will stay at home to face another nationally-ranked team next week in Boise State and look to avoid falling 0-5.