Approximately 2,100 miles from Boise, in front of 25,337 fans in Hattiesburg, Miss., the Broncos offense came to life for only the second time this season, leading the Broncos to a 40 to 14 tromping of Southerm Mississippi
Junior Joe Southwick spread the ball around finding nine different receivers completing 18 of 27 pass attempts for 195 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. It seemed Southwick had more confidence in his throwing abilities, looking more comfortable in the pocket despite the pressure from the Southern Miss defensive line.
Senior D.J. Harper led the Broncos rushing attack scoring two touchdowns. Freshman Jay Ajayi continued to impress with his ability to finish runs and get something out of nothing. The Broncos gained 18 first downs and gained 310 yards of total offense.
Getting to Southern Miss quarterback Ricky Lloyd and sacking him four times, the defense forced five turnovers two interceptions and three fumbles and gave the Broncos’ offense great field position
Southern Miss gained 181 yards on the ground and 243 through the air for a net total of 424 yards of offense. The Broncos’ defense didn’t give up a touchdown until the second half but struggled to defend the golden eagles high-tempo-no -huddle offense.
Defensive tackle Darren Koontz lead Broncos’ with five solo tackles and two sacks. Linebacker Tyler Gray and defensive back Darien Thompson each came away with an interception. The special teams unit also contributed with a solid performance from the Broncos’ kicking game. Kicker Michael Frisina was two for two with a long of 30 on his field goal attempts. Linebacker Blake Renaud scooped up a muffed punt from Southern Miss. The Broncos head back home to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday Oct. 13. Keep an eye out for Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and running back Robbie Rouse Saturday.