Houston Vs Southern Mississippi – Austin Davis completed 17-of-33 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, leading No. 24 Southern Mississippi to a stunning 49-28 upset of the seventh-ranked Houston Cougars on Saturday to capture the 2011 Conference USA championship.
Tracy Lampley had a big day for the Golden Eagles (11-2), catching six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Southern Mississippi rushing attack with 71 yards on the ground on 14 carries.
Dominique Sullivan brought in four balls for 95 yards and a score, while Ryan Balentine caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.
The Southern Mississippi defense also came up huge with two interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown en route to the program’s fifth conference title.
“The defense came out ready to play today,” Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora said. “If you take away the trash touchdown at the end, and the one the offense gave them at their three or four yard line, that is 14 points they scored and that’s the best offense in the country. We were the better team today and that’s the way it has to be. Offensively we did a good job, and we did what he had to do on our special teams. We made a game-changing play and that was the key to the whole game.”
Case Keenum threw for 373 yards on 41-of-67 passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Houston (12-1), which lost for the first time this season and was denied the school’s first BCS bowl-game bid.