DALLAS (AP) -
threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Southern Miss won its fourth straight game to earn bowl eligibility with a 28-12
win over SMU on Saturday.
For June Jones, the loss capped a forgettable debut at SMU. The Mustangs finished 1-11, same as last season when they fired
Phil Bennett and lured Jones from Hawaii with a salary worth about $2 million a year.
Southern Miss (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA) scored 21 unanswered points in an eight-minute span to bury SMU by the fourth quarter.
had 59 yards and a touchdown, and V.J. Floyd had another TD run for the
One bright spot for SMU was Jesse Henderson, who set an NCAA record with 2,945 career kickoff return yards. The previous record
was 2,922, set by Tulane's Jeff Liggon from 1993-96.
Southern Miss set a single-season school record with 5,220 yards of total offense, breaking the previous mark set just last
Bo Levi Mitchell
was 26-of-49 for 253 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.
, SMU's former quarterback, caught 11 passes for 88 yards.