Southern Miss has used three different quarterbacks but, Alford seems to be grabbing hold of the starting spot. In three games, the former four star recruit has completed 30 of 68 passes for 373 yards and three interceptions. A dual threat, Alford has also gained 234 yards on the ground with five touchdowns. When he is not running the ball, Alford hands off to senior running back Desmond Johnson. Johnson is pacing the Golden Eagles offense with 410 yards on 70 carries and a touchdown. At wide receiver Southern Miss uses a committee approach, three different pass catchers have recorded at least eight receptions for over 100 yards.
Much like the Herd, Southern Miss has experienced trouble stopping the opposing teams offense. The Golden Eagles rank 108th overall in points against, allowing opponents to score 35.7 points per game. Also like Marshall, Southern Miss can’t stop the run. Last week UCF raked up 182 yards on 42 attempts. Earlier this year Western Kentucky tore into USM’s defense, rushing for 369 yards while averaging 7.7 yard per carry. Compounding the problem, Southern Miss has not been able to force turnovers, only inducing four all year.
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