HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Ito Smith ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns as Southern Miss captured its second straight Homecoming and recorded its first Conference-USA shutout since 2001, blanking Texas-El Paso 24-0 Saturday.
But it was the Eagles' defense that shone brightest. Southern Miss (4-2, 2-1) held the Miners to just 147 total yards, including just 17 net yards on the ground.
Keon Howard completed 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 221 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off twice by UTEP (0-7, 0-3). Howard found Jaylond Adams with a 52-yard scoring pass midway through the first quarter to get the Eagles on the board and Smith found the end zone just before halftime to make it 14-0.
Smith scored from 20-yards out in the fourth quarter to make it 21-0 and Parker Shaunfield kicked a 38-yard field goal late to account for the game's scoring.
Troy QB Kaleb Parker throws a dart to WR Sidney Davis for a 22-yard TD.
Blake Barnett fakes out the defense and walks into the end zone to get the Bulls on the scoreboard.
Oregon's Tony Brooks-James takes the handoff and rushes 7 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
Tyree Adams passed for 229 yards and three scores, rushed for 117 more and another touchdown as Western Carolina held on for a 52-50 victory over VMI on Saturday.
Austin Pope is running for the easy touchdown but is stripped and the ball goes through the end zone for the touchback.