Within a five-minute span between the third and fourth quarters, Howard threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Korey Robertson and a 48-yard TD strike to Quez Watkins. Smith capped the rally with his scoring run as Southern Miss (3-2, 1-1 Conference USA) took a 28-13 lead.
Howard was 15 of 20 for 212 yards passing. Smith ran for 178 yards on 17 carries.
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