BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson was pleased with his Golden Eagles offensive performance in a 44-28 thrashing of the Rice Owls.
The Golden Eagles established a new school record by piling up 702 yards of offense. The combo of quarterback Nick Mullens and junior receiver Allenzae Staggers each set new school records.
Mullens connected on 25 of 36 pass attempts for 591 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Staggers snagged six passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
At Monday's news conference Hopson gave credit to the Golden Eagles offensive line.
"We protected well. We did. We made some dynamic plays, which were big plays, in the game, "said Hopson. "Allenzae [Staggers] and Nick [Mullens] connected, but it takes 11 for that to happen. Up front we blocked well and so did the running backs. Nick delivered the ball and Allenzae did a good job catching and running with it. Julian [Allen] had a big play too, it was a difference maker. I thought, especially in the second half, we had some tremendous offensive plays."
Southern Miss travels to San Antonio for an 11:00 a.m. C-USA game against UTSA.
Hopson said, "They're a very talented football team. Arizona State and Colorado State are games they could have won. They opened at home with a win and then could have won at Old Dominion. We know we have a really good football team we have to prepare for, a talented football team. [When] you're in conference play you need to be ready to play each and every week."
Former LSU Tigers running backs coach Frank Wilson is in his first season as UTSA head coach.
"Frank has done a tremendous job everywhere he's been. He's been an excellent football coach, recruiter and he has my utmost respect."
It was announced on Monday that the Southern Miss at LSU game on October 15 will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge.