2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl History & More
Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher
Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher
Posted Dec 17, 2007

PapaJohns.com Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Southern Miss (7-5) vs. Cincinnati (9-3)

Dec. 21st  1 p.m.  ESPN2

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By Richard Cirminiello

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2006 South Florida 24, East Carolina 7

Best Golden Eagle Bowl Moment: TCU entered the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl with the nation’s No. 1 defense, top rusher in LaDainian Tomlinson, and a nifty 10-1 record.  The Horned Frogs left the Heart of Dixie with their second blemish.  Southern Miss rallied in the fourth quarter to stun the TCU 28-21 when Jeff Kelly found Kenneth Johnson for the game-winning touchdown with eight ticks left in the game.

Best Bearcat Bowl Moment: Even a broken hand and unseasonably cold weather in Texas couldn’t keep Cincinnati QB Gino Guidugli from carving up the Marshall defense in the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl.  The senior threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Bearcats to a 32-14 victory, their first in postseason play in seven years.

Cincinnati's best win ... Cincinnati 38 ... South Florida 33
South Florida kicked off the scoring with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown from Trae Williams, and then it decided to return the turnover favor. Eight times. Cincinnati went on a 31-7 first quarter run with a 63-yard Antwuan Giddens touchdown catch, answered by a Mike Jenkins kickoff return for a score, a blocked punt for a score, a 79-yard Mike Mickens interception return for a touchdown, and a 16-yard Dominick Goodman catch. And then the Bearcats had to hang on for dear life. South Florida got a nine-yard Jessie Hester touchdown grab with just over two minutes to play to pull within five, and after getting the ball back with 25 seconds to play, it got to the UC 18, but a last gasp pass was incomplete. USF outgained the Bearcats 481 yards to 375.
Player of the game: Cincinnati LB Ryan Manalac made 11 tackles, all solo stops, with two tackles for loss, one broken up pass, and recovered a fumble.
Stat Leaders: Cincinnati - Passing: Ben Mauk, 13-31, 162 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ben Mauk, 7-75. Receiving: Dominick Goodman, 4-36, 1 TD
South Florida - Passing: Matt Grothe, 31-54, 382 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Matt Grothe, 22-75, 1 TD. Receiving: Benjamin Williams, 8-63

Cincinnati's worst loss ... Pitt 24 ... Cincinnati 17
Pitt ran for 260 yards, with LeSean McCoy and LaRod Stephens each going over 100 yards, with Stephens running for a one-yard touchdown with just over five minutes to play to take the lead for good. Conor Lee added field goals from 41, 25 and 27 yards out. Cincy appeared on the way to an easy win early on with a quick 10-0 lead helped by a Ben Mauk one-yard touchdown run and a field goal off a missed fourth and one call deep in Pitt territory. But the Panthers would bounce back, tying it up with a four-yard Darrell Strong touchdown catch, and dominating in the second half. Scott McKillop made 16 tackles for the Panthers.
Player of the game: Pitt RBs LeSean McCoy and LaRod Stephens combined for 237 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries
Stat Leaders: Cincinnati - Passing: Ben Mauk, 21-32, 237 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Ben Mauk, 10-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Marshawn Gilyard, 5-45
Pitt - Passing: Pat Bostick, 18-29, 167 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
LeSean McCoy, 25-137. Receiving: T.J. Porter, 7-85

Southern Miss' best win ...
Southern Miss 28 ... East Carolina 21
Jeremy Young ran for two touchdowns from one yard out in the fourth quarter, with the second one coming with 32 seconds to play, to give Southern Miss the tough road win. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead on a 28-yard touchdown catch from Shaun Nelson and a two-yard Damion Fletcher run, but East Carolina adjusted and controlled the third quarter with 21 points. Pat Pinkney threw two touchdown passes and Dominique Lindsay ran for a one-yard score, but the Southern Miss defense stiffened in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Southern Miss QB Jeremy Young completed 18 of 28 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and ran 11 times for 20 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: East Carolina - Passing: Patrick Pinkney, 20-33, 203 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Chris Johnson, 13-45. Receiving: Dwayne Harris, 4-55, 1 TD
Southern Miss - Passing: Jeremy Young, 18-28, 237 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Damion Fletcher, 27-111, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Johnson 6-61

Southern Miss' worst loss ...
Rice 31 ... Southern Miss 29
Rice forced seven Southern Miss turnovers was up 31-7 in the fourth quarter, but needed to bat down a late two-point conversion attempt to preserve the win. Jarrett Dillard caught two seven yard touchdown passes, and Justin Hill ran for a 54-yard score on the way to the big lead, but the Owls were held to just 236 yards of total offense and couldn't stop USM late. The Golden Eagles scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, getting two, two point conversions after short touchdown runs, but they couldn't convert on a third after an eight-yard Shawn Nelson scoring grab. They got the ball one more time with 1:21 to play, but lost a fumble.
Player of the game: Rice S Andrew Sandejo made 5.5 tackles, forced a fumble, broke up a pass, and picked off two others.
Stat Leaders: Rice - Passing: Chase Clement, 9-20, 67 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Justin Hill 12-100, 1 TD.  Receiving: James Casey, 2-16
Southern Miss - Passing: Stephen Reaves, 24-33, 231 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Damion Fletcher, 23-142, 2 TD. Receiving: Chris Johnson, 7-51

2006 PapaJohns.com Bowl
South Florida 24 ... East Carolina 7

South Florida got two touchdown runs from Benjamin Williams in the first eight minutes and held on from there as East Carolina drove deep into Bull territory time and again only to keep coming up empty. A 48-yard James Pinkney touchdown pass to Bobby Good in the first quarter were all the points the Pirates would get as two fumbles, a missed field goal, and poor pass protection allowing six sacks proved to be too much to overcome. USF QB Matt Grothe connected with Amarri Jackson for a 37-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, but ended up leaving the game with a shin injury. ECU also lost its quarterback as Pinkney was knocked out with a broken elbow. The Pirates outgained the Bulls 317 yards to 286, but were outgained 156 yards to 54 on the ground and only averaged 1.7 yards per carry.
Player of the game ... South Florida LB Stephen Nicholas made six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and broke up two passes
Stat Leaders: South Florida - Passing: Matt Grothe, 6-10, 81 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Benjamin Williams, 17-67, 2 TD  Receiving: Ean Randolph, 2-27
East Carolina - Passing: Rob Kass, 10-19, 138 yds
Dominique Lindsay, 12-85  Receiving:
Bobby Good, 5-116, 1 TD

Cincinnati Bowl History (4-4)
2006 International Cincinnati 27, Western Michigan 24
2004 Fort Worth Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14
2002 New Orleans North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19
2001 Motor City Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
2000 Motor City Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
1997 Humanitarian Cincinnati 35, Utah State 19
1950 Sun West Texas St. 14, Cincinnati 13
1946 Sun Cincinnati 18, Virginia Tech 6


Southern Miss Bowl History (8-9)
2006 GMAC So. Miss 28, Ohio 7
2005 New Orleans Southern Miss 31, Arkansas State 19
2004 New Orleans Southern 31, North Texas 10
2003 Liberty Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
2002 Houston Oklahoma St. 33, Southern Miss 23
2000 GMAC Southern Miss 28, TCU 21
1999 Liberty Southern Miss 23, Colorado State 17
1998 Humanitarian Idaho 42, Southern Miss 35
1997 Liberty Southern Miss 41, Pittsburgh 7
1990 All-American North Carolina 31, Southern Miss 27
1988 Independence Southern Miss 38, UTEP 18
1981 Tangerine Missouri 19, Southern Miss 17
1980 Independence Southern Miss 16, McNeese State 14
1958 Tangerine East Texas State 10, Southern Miss 9
1957 Tangerine West Texas State 20, Miss Southern 13
1954 Sun UTEP 37, Southern Miss 14
1953 Sun Pacific 26, Southern Miss