Another way to think of it: With 636 total yards, the Herd offense averaged 9.9 yards per play, 28.14 yards per minute. The Herd picked up a first down every 2.21 plays, finishing with 29 total.
And defensively, consider this: The Herd had 11 tackles for loss, held three runs to no gain and Nick Mullens had 23 incompletions and one interception. Add those up and they're 47 percent of USM's 81 plays.
(Take triple extra credit if you identify that as Louisville's game before Marshall upended the Cardinals on the last-play "Hail Mary" pass from Tony Petersen to Keith Baxter.)
And with that, we close the book on Southern Miss. Next up for the Herd: the frisky-but-2-6 Blazers of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, at noon Saturday.
The trivia answers:
(a) 127 against Morehead State in 1993 (56-0) and 1994 (71-7). Virginia Military was close with 113 in 1990 (52-7) and 1991 (62-0).
That 1994 Morehead game, which included a controversial MU fake field goal late, was the last time the Eagles played the Herd. As you may know, that program is non-scholarship and a member of the Pioneer Football League - and owns a loss to Pikeville this year.
(b) Trick question. The Herd ended 2012 with 59 points over East Carolina (a loss) and started 2013 with 52 against Miami (Ohio).
(c) The 2007 season finale against UAB. The Herd went 5 of 9 on third downs in its 46-39 victory, a great ending to a wretched 3-9 campaign. In his final act as MU quarterback, Bernard Morris drove the team 78 yards on 11 plays for the go-ahead score, never facing a third down.
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