HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mike Collins and Austin Trammell combined for three touchdowns and Rice beat Southern Mississippi 30-6 on Saturday.
Collins was 12 of 17 for 233 yards passing and four touchdowns. Trammell finished with seven catches for a career-high 143 yards.
Rice (1-1, 1-1 Conference USA) rolled to a 23-6 halftime lead, scoring two touchdowns 11 seconds apart. After Collins threw a short pass that Jake Bailey turned into a 72-yard score down the left sideline, the Owls recovered a fumble off a pooch kickoff. On the next play Collins threw a 25-yard score to Trammell to lead 16-0.
A fumble recovery set the Owls up at the Southern Miss 17 and a 13-yard pass to Trammell made it a 20-point second quarter for Rice. The third Collins-to-Trammell TD connection came on a 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
Juma Otoviano finished with 111 rushing on 25 carries for the Owls, who outgained the Golden Eagles 412-269.
Southern Miss (1-5, 1-2) is on its third head coach of the season with assistant head coach Tim Billings taking over for Scotty Walden. Walden announced Tuesday he was taking the head coaching job at Austin Peay. Walden had been serving as the Golden Eagles’ interim head coach since Jay Hopson resigned following a loss to South Alabama in the team’s opener on Sept 3. Billings oversaw the Eagles in their loss at Liberty last weekend after Walden tested positive for COVID-19. Billings will serve as interim coach the remainder of the season.
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