Golden Eagles’ run game finds identity in UTSA win

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Establishing a running game had to be the main focus for this game, and that is just what Southern Miss (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) did in its homecoming win over UTSA (3-5, 2-2 C-USA) on Saturday, Oct. 20. With a final score of 27-17, The Golden Eagles dominated the rushing attack, rushing for 218 total yards in the contest and holding UTSA to 57 yards on the ground.

Heading into the game, Southern Miss was coming off a tough loss to North Texas where they gained just 50 yards rushing on the ground.

Freshman running back Trivenskey Mosley was dominant in the running game throughout the night. He handled the ball 26 times on the ground and rushed for 147 yards while also catching three passes for 38 yards.

“My O-line and receivers were blocking well,” Mosley said. “My coaches called the right plays, and I just did my job. We had a lot of fun.”

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham had a solid outing on the night as well, racking up 269 passing yards and completing 28 out 33 of his passes. Abraham also had two total touchdowns and rushed for 28 yards. The quarterback showed poise in the pocket and was barely pressured throughout the game.

Sophomore wide receiver Tim Jones showed great promise in the receiving game and proved that he can be trusted when thrown to. Jones had a career-high night with seven catches for 107 yards.

“Tim is one of those all-purpose receivers,” Hopson said. “He can block and he can catch. He’s got good speed. Tim is a dependable guy. You want that guy that can do it all and he can do it all.”

Even though redshirt sophomore receiver Quez Watkins has been Abraham’s most reliable target this season, Jones’ performance proved that he can be a trustworthy target for Abraham moving forward.

Early on in the game, UTSA just could not move the chains on the Southern Miss defense, but fatigue kicked in late in the third quarter and the dynamic changed. Even though the Golden Eagles defense was slightly winded in the second half, they still had that “bend but don’t break” mentality.

On offense, Southern Miss was perfect in the turnover department in the first half. However, all of that changed in the second half. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over three times in the second half, including a pick-six thrown by Abraham at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Southern Miss Head Coach Jay Hopson praised the offensive line’s performance, especially in helping to establish the run game.

“They moved well, [blocked] well,” Hopson said. “Sometimes, competition is a great thing. I thought the O-line did a great job and Trivenskey is getting better and better.”

Now, with the much-needed homecoming and conference win in the books, the team will go back on the road to play Charlotte. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Oct. 27.