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Golden Eagles rip East Carolina

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG In a display of offensive and defensive domination, Southern Mississippi walloped East Carolina 51-10 Saturday night.

Substitute quarterback Damion Carter threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and USM held its Conference USA rival to minus three yards rushing in a game which became one-sided early.

Carter, standing in for injured starter Dustin Almond, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antwon Courington and a 23-yard scoring toss to Tavarres Williams to give the Golden Eagles (5-1, 4-0 C-USA) a 49-3 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Six different players scored for USM, including Anthony Harris, who scored on runs of two and 13 yards.

Southern Miss led 35-0 at the half.

The Pirates (1-5, 1-3) had trouble running the ball and protecting quarterback James Pinkney. Pinkney, who threw for 181 yards and one touchdown, was sacked seven times.

Southern Miss had 13 tackles for losses.

The Golden Eagles took their opening possession 80 yards on eight plays with Wayne Hardy capping it off with a 4-yard touchdown run.

USM took at 14-0 lead when Antoine Cash picked up fumble on a sack and ran it 62 yards to ECU's 2-yard line. Harris scored on the next play, a 2-yard TD run with 1:13 remaining in first quarter.

A fake punt by East Carolina deep in its own territory gave Southern Miss its next score. The Golden Eagles had a short field after the botched attempt, getting the ball at East Carolina's 18-yard line. Three plays later, Carter scored on a 1-yard run to extend the lead to 21-0.

Sherron Moore added an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:23 left in the first half to provide the halftime margin.

Pinkney found Chris Johnson in the middle of the end zone with a 3-yard pass to cap 20-play, 84-yard drive with 11:24 remaining to give East Carolina its only touchdown.

Southern Miss has won 13 straight conference games, dating back to last season.

02/23/2007 10:53 AM

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