Southern Miss beats ULL for 10th straight time

Oct 27, 2022, 8:30 AM | Updated: 8:32 pm
Southern Mississippi defensive back Camron Harrell (29) makes a tackle against Louisiana Lafayette ...

Southern Mississippi defensive back Camron Harrell (29) makes a tackle against Louisiana Lafayette wide receiver Dontae Fleming (17) as Eric Scott Jr. (2) comes into assist during an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)

(Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)

              Southern Mississippi running back Frank Gore, Jr. (3) fights off a Louisiana Lafayette defender to get into the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (Aimee Cronan/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)
            
              Southern Mississippi wide receiver Jason Brownlee catches a touchdown pass over a Louisiana Lafayette defensive back during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Aimee Cronan/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)
            
              Southern Mississippi defensive back Camron Harrell (29) makes a tackle against Louisiana Lafayette wide receiver Dontae Fleming (17) as Eric Scott Jr. (2) comes into assist during an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Running back Frank Gore Jr. rushed for 87 yards and he threw for a touchdown as Southern Miss beat Louisiana-Lafayette 39-24 on Thursday night for its 10th straight win in the series.

The Southern Miss defense intercepted Ben Wooldridge three times, including Natrone Brooks’ 52-yard pick-6 with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter.

Zach Wilcke was 8 of 17 for 137 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Southern Miss (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference). Jason Brownlee had three grabs for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Tiaquelin Mims added 69 receiving yards and a score.

Southern Miss had a touchdown pass on two straight offensive plays to take a 20-2 lead late in the first quarter. Gore took a direct snap and lofted it to Mims over the middle for a 52-yard touchdown for a 13-2 lead. After ULL went three-and-out, Brownlee caught a short pass from Wilcke and raced for a 76-yard touchdown.

Wooldridge threw for 336 yards with two touchdowns for Louisiana-Lafayette (4-4, 2-3). Michael Jefferson had six catches for 179 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown to pull within 29-11 late in the first half.

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Southern Miss beats ULL for 10th straight time