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
ArkansasState 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
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
Against Arkansas State, the Golden Eagles fumbled twice on their
first two drives and didn't take control until well into the second
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.