USM beats Tulsa

Published 6:59 am Sunday, November 22, 2009

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Martevious Young threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Southern Mississippi beat Tulsa 44-34 on Saturday night.

The Golden Eagles (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) can earn a spot in the conference championship game with a win Saturday against East Carolina.

Young went 12-for-21 for 276 yards. The Golden Eagles led 34-28 at the end of the third quarter and scored 10 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. DeAndre Brown had touchdown catches of 95 and 34 yards.

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The Golden Hurricane (4-7, 2-5), have lost five straight games and will miss a bowl game for the first time since 2004.

Charles Clay ran for two touchdowns for Tulsa and caught two touchdown passes.

Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne went 32-for-46 for 396 yards. Damaris Johnson caught 17 passes for 196 yards but did not score.

The game was delayed 50 minutes for lightning in the fourth quarter.