Abraham leads Southern Mississippi past UTEP 31-13

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Jack Abraham passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns and Southern Mississippi rolled to a 31-13 victory over UTEP in a Conference USA opener on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (3-2) took the lead for good on their first possession. Abraham hit De’Michael Harris for a 74-yard scoring strike on third-and-14 for a 7-0 lead. Southern Miss made it 14-0 after Jordan Mitchell blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the UTEP 2-yard line. Harris ran it in two plays later. The Miners (1-3) put together two long drives in the second quarter but had to settle for two Gavin Baechle field goals and trailed 24-6 at halftime.

Kai Locksley broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown run on UTEP’s first play of the third quarter to get the Miners within 24-13, but Abraham directed a 10-play, 82-yard drive, capped by his 6-yard TD toss to Jaylond Adams to provide the final margin of victory.

Locksley completed 8 of 15 passes for 109 yards and led the Miners with 114 yards rushing on 12 carries. The rest of UTEP’s rushers managed just 12 yards on 13 carries.

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Kevin Perkins and Harris combined to rush for 127 yards on 22 totes for Southern Miss.

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