MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 7 -- Memphis used an opportunistic defense to snap a seven-game losing streak against Southern Mississippi with a 22-17 Conference USA victory Saturday night.
The Tigers (3-2, 1-1 C-USA) recorded four interceptions and five sacks to beat Southern Mississippi for only the fourth time in the last 23 meetings.
The Golden Eagles (3-1, 1-1), who suffered their first loss of the season, lead the all-time series, 34-17-1.
Memphis snapped a 10-10 tie on Derric Ballard's 29-yard interception return for a touchdown with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter.
After Memphis recorded a safety 45 seconds into the fourth period, Southern Mississippi closed to within 19-17 on Dawayne Woods' one-yard run with 11:37 remaining in the contest.
Memphis' Ryan White capped the scoring just under four minutes later with a 45-yard field goal.
Jeff Kelly completed 21 of 37 for 204 yards for the Golden Eagles, but was pressured throughout. He did not get much help from his running backs as the Tigers held Southern Miss to just 60 yards on the ground.NEWLN: