LOUISTECH 0 3 14 14 31
SOTHRNMISS 7 0 3 10 20
Date of game: 10/25/2014

Recap: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech

Hattiesburg, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Sokol threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 31-20, in a Conference USA battle at M.M.Roberts Stadium.

Sokol connected on 27-of-46 passes for the Bulldogs (5-3, 4-0 C-USA), while Kenneth Dixon rushed for 41 yards and one touchdown and recorded 124 receiving yards with two touchdowns.

As for the Golden Eagles (3-5, 1-3), Cole Weeks threw for 338 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Michael Thomas contributed 104 receiving yards and one touchdown, while George Payne rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown.

The Golden Eagles opened the scoring when Payne ran for a 18-yard touchdown with nine minutes to play in the first quarter.

Kyle Fischer got the Bulldogs on the board early in the second quarter when he connected on a 24-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3. Then Sokol connected with Dixon on a 84-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead with 14:14 left to play in the third quarter.

The Golden Eagles would tie the score with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, when Corey Acosta kicked a 44-yard field goal.

Late in the third quarter, Sokol connected with Dixon again for a five-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 17-10 lead.

Acosta connected on a 26-yard field goal for the Golden Eagles with 9:31 to play in the contest to cut the lead 17-13.

The Bulldogs would score two more times, first when Sokol threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Henderson with about seven minutes left in the game. Then roughly three minutes later, Dixon rushed for a one-yard touchdown to push the lead to 31-13.

With under three minutes to play, Weeks threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas to cut the lead to 31-20, but this is the closest the Golden Eagles would get.

The Bulldogs defense held the opposition to minus-31 yards rushing in the win.

Game Notes

Memphis, Fuente agree to extension

With the school's first bowl appearance in six years on the horizon, Memphis announced Thursday it has awarded head football coach Justin Fuente with a contract extension.

Padres acquire Norris from A's

The San Diego Padres' busy offseason continued on Thursday when the club acquired power-hitting catcher Derek Norris from Oakland.

Canadiens' Pacioretty exits after check

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty left Thursday night's game against Anaheim in the third period after hitting the boards on a hard check.

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