HATTIESBURG, Miss., Sept. 14 -- Derrick Nix and Anthony Harris each rushed for more than 100 yards Saturday night, leading Southern Mississippi to a 33-14 victory over Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Nix ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and Harris added 121 yards and a score on 27 attempts.
Southern Mississippi (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) wore down Memphis with a bruising ground attack that totaled 356 yards.
The Golden Eagles beat the Tigers for the ninth time in 10 meetings and took a 35-17-1 lead in the all-time series. Last season, Memphis took advantage of five turnovers to snap an eight-game losing streak in the series.
Memphis (1-2, 0-1) closed to within 10-7 on Danny Wimprine's 72-yard pass to Antoine Harden with 5:08 left in the second quarter.
But Southern Mississippi scored 16 points, including a safety, in the final five minutes of the half to build a 26-7 lead at the intermission.
Nix ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run and, after the safety, Micky D'Angelo found Marvin Young for an 24-yard scoring pass with eight seconds left in the half.
D'Angelo completed 17 of 35 passes for 168 yards with an interception.
Wimprine connected on nine of 15 passes for 153 yards for the Tigers. |end| Content: 15000011 15003000