Arkansas State Falls in New Orleans Bowl to Southern Miss - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Arkansas State Falls in New Orleans Bowl to Southern Miss

Southern Mississippi 31, Arkansas State 19

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Southern Mississippi's win in the New

Orleans Bowl was a lot like the rest of the Golden Eagles' season

-- a struggle.

Shawn Nelson caught a pair of second-half touchdowns, and Cody

Hull added 161 yards rushing to lead Southern Mississippi over

Arkansas State 31-to-19 in the first of the season's 28 bowl games.

Southern Miss endured plenty of turmoil long before arriving in

Lafayette, where the New Orleans Bowl was moved because of

Hurricane Katrina.

The Golden Eagles had two games postponed in September because

of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, had to relocate temporarily to

Memphis and played nine games in nine weeks to end the regular

season.

Against Arkansas State, the Golden Eagles fumbled twice on their

first two drives and didn't take control until well into the second

half.

Arkansas State tied the game at 17 in the third quarter on Nick

Noce's 2-yard pass to Manuel Burton, but Dustin Almond answered

with a 29-yard toss to Nelson to make it 24-to-17.

Southern Miss made its fourth straight bowl appearance.

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