By T. Scott Boatright
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Grambling State Tigers were “Gored” by Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi on Saturday as USM shut out the G-Men 37-0 before a crowd of 25,235 at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
It was the first time in 73 games, since GSU fell 47-0 at Houston in 2014. that the G-Men had been shut out.
Southern Miss freshman running back Frank Gore Jr. ran wild against Grambling, turning in a career night with 162 rushing yards on 21 carries, including a 51-yard scoring scamper. That set a new career high for Gore for rushing yards, surpassing the 130 yards he totaled against North Texas in 2020.
The Golden Eagles finished with 290 rushing yards, with Richard Dajon adding 76 yards on 10 carries and starting quarterback Ty Keyes adding 56 yards on eight runs.
USM’s Trey Lowe connected on 10-of-133 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first half before limping off the field before halftime. He was replaced in the second half by Keyes, who went 4-of-11 passing for 50 yards.
“I thought we played well in the first half and we made some timely mistakes with penalties,” said GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs. “We came out and competed hard against a good Southern Miss team. Now we’ll go back and look at the film, make the adjustments we need to make and prepare for a very good Houston football team.”
Grambling’s best opportunity for a score came early in the second quarter with the Tigers trailing 7-0.
A 32-yard run by GSU running back Darqueze Brutton set the G-Men up with a first-and-10 at the USM 31, but Grambling managed to gain only one yard on the next three yards.
On fourth and nine Grambling’s Garrett Urban attempted a 47-yard field goal, but the kick was no good, turning the ball back over to USM, which countered with an 11-play, 47-yard drive resulting in a 40-yard field goal, and the Golden Eagles never looked back. They held that 10-0 lead at halftime and then ignited for 27 more points in the second half.
The 5-6, 280-pound Brutton led the Tigers with 35-yards on 11 carries, with the vast majority of that coming on his 32-yard breakaway.
Arcadia product CJ Russell added 17 rushing yards for the Tigers on nine attempts.
GSU played two quarterbacks in the game, with both failing to seize solid control of the reins.
Starter Elijah Walker connected on eight-of-13 pass attempts for 30 yards and a long completion of 10 yards, while back-up Aldon Clark, who entered the game in the second quarter and also played the third quarter before Walker returned to the field, hit on eight-of-19 passes for 60 yards and a long of 17 yards.
The Tigers totaled 90 passing yards, 62 rushing yards and nine first downs against the Golden Eagles, who tallied 439 total yards of offense and 22 first downs.
Grambling will next play at the University of Houston next Saturday. GSU and Houston have met twice in the series with the Cougars owning a 2-0 all-time series mark.
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