Southern Miss (USM) Receiver DeMarcus Jones has a thrown go through his hands against the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)

Gazebo Gazette

Sincere McCormick ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns to lead UTSA to a 23-20 victory over Southern Mississippi (USM) on Saturday.

It was the first win for the Roadrunners (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) at Southern Miss (2-7, 1-4).

Tate Whatley threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Frank Gore Jr. for Southern Miss that capped the scoring with 10 minutes to play. The Golden Eagles had one more possession, but couldn’t cross midfield after 11 plays and four minutes remaining.

Whatley amassed a single-game career-high 272 passing yards in the contest.

Trailing 10-9 after halftime, McCormick broke loose on a 69-yard touchdown run and scored from the 1 that gave the Roadrunners a 23-10 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter.

“That was really a though loss,” said USM interim Head Coach Tim Billings.  “We played hard and defensively we played very well. We gave up one big play and after that drive we lost some momentum. Overall, I thought they played hard offensively.”

Southern Miss (USM) Receiver Tim Jones scores first touchdown pass against the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)

The first two passes that Mississippi Gulf Coast native and USM receiver Tim Jones caught in today’s contest marked his 140th and 141st catches as a Golden Eagle, ranking him fifth on the Southern Miss career receptions list.

McCormick entered second in the nation in yards rushing and set the program’s single-season rushing record at 1,044 yards with a game remaining. He surpassed Jarveon Williams’ 1,042 mark set in 2015-16. It was McCormick’s eighth career 100-yard rushing game, matching Williams’ record.

UTSA’s Zakhari Franklin caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Frank Harris in the second quarter. Franklin, a sophomore, finished with 22 yards receiving and has over 1,000 yards for the season.

Whatley was 22-of-39 passing for 220 yards with two touchdowns. Gore finished with 70 yards rushing to go along with his scoring catch.

Southern Miss finished with 347 yards total offense.