GAMEDAY College Football

Liberty 29, Southern Miss 27

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Kaidon Salter, Liberty's third quarterback on the night, connected with Demario Douglas in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion in the fourth overtime to lift Liberty past Southern Mississippi.

Liberty stuffed Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr. just outside the goal line to end it.

Each team missed field goal attempts in the first overtime periods. Liberty's Nick Brown kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third overtime while Briggs Bourgeois answered with a 53-yarder for Southern Miss.

Salter lofted a 10-yard touchdown pass to Douglas in the corner of the end zone that tied it 17-17 with 11:30 remaining. Salter was picked off on the Flames' next possession that led to Gore's 5-yard TD run. But Salter answered with a a 23-yard touchdown strike to Douglas with with 36 seconds remaining in regulation.

Salter replaced backup quarterback Jonathan Bennett early in the fourth quarter.

Eric Scott Jr. stepped in front of Bennett's intended receiver and then high-stepped 22 yards into the end zone that gave Southern Miss a 17-10 earlier in the fourth. Gore tied it at 10 for the Golden Eagles when he took a direct snap, slipped one tackle and ran along the left sideline before being pushed into the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown early in the third.

Gore finished with 178 yards rushing on 32 carries. Bennett was 7-of-18 passing for 37 yards, with two interceptions and an 18-yard TD run.

Charlie Brewer, who played four seasons at Baylor and last season at Utah, completed all three of his pass attempts for 18 yards in the opening two series for the Flames.

Liberty's Durrell Johnson tipped a Ty Keyes pass attempt to himself for an interception that set up Brown's 32-yard field goal in the first quarter. Johnson earlier recovered the ball that Antavious Willis fumbled while crossing the goal line.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter LibSouMis
SouMis FG 14:54 Briggs Bourgeois 39 yd FG 0 3
Lib FG 7:54 Nick Brown 32 yd FG 3 3
Lib TD 1:51 Johnathan Bennett 18 yd run (Nick Brown kick) 10 3
Third Quarter LibSouMis
SouMis TD 10:27 Frank Gore Jr. 46 yd run (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 10 10
Fourth Quarter LibSouMis
SouMis TD 14:44 Eric Scott, Jr. 22 yd interception return (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 10 17
Lib TD 11:30 Demario Douglas 10 yd pass from Kaidon Salter (Nick Brown kick) 17 17
SouMis TD 1:54 Frank Gore Jr. 5 yd run (Briggs Bourgeois kick) 17 24
Lib TD 0:36 Demario Douglas 23 yd pass from Kaidon Salter (Nick Brown kick) 24 24
2nd OT LibSouMis
Lib FG   Nick Brown 26 yd FG 27 24
SouMis FG   Briggs Bourgeois 53 yd FG 27 27
4th OT LibSouMis
Lib   Kaidon Salter OT Plus pass to Jerome Jackson is GOOD 29 27
Team Stats
  Liberty Southern Miss
First downs 23 19
  Rushing 12 11
  Passing 8 4
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 8-20, 40% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 48-244 54-252
Passing Yards 203 139
Return Yards 99 60
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-35-3 6-14-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--14 1--6
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 43.4 41.3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 12-107 10-77
Time of Possession 29:06 30:54
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Salter 8 13 148 2 1
J. Bennett 7 18 37 0 2
C. Brewer 3 4 18 0 0
Southern Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Keyes 4 8 89 0 2
F. Gore Jr. 1 4 48 0 0
A. Willis 1 1 2 0 0
T. Lowe 0 1 0 0 1
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Salter 9 65 7.2 0
D. Hunter 11 62 5.6 0
S. Louis 13 55 4.2 0
J. Bennett 11 46 4.2 1
C. Brewer 3 13 4.3 0
D. Douglas 1 3 3.0 0
Southern Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
F. Gore Jr. 32 178 5.6 2
A. Willis 8 34 4.3 0
T. Keyes 7 27 3.9 0
D. Richard 4 9 2.3 0
J. Dean 3 4 1.3 0
Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Douglas 5 97 19.4 2
C. Yarbrough 3 36 12.0 0
C. Snead 3 29 9.7 0
J. Jackson 1 17 17.0 0
N. Frith 2 13 6.5 0
B. Hanshaw 1 6 6.0 0
M. Bollinger 1 4 4.0 0
D. Hunter 1 2 2.0 0
J. Lofton 1 -1 -1.0 0
Southern Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Caston 2 54 27.0 0
J. Brownlee 1 35 35.0 0
C. Cavallo 1 25 25.0 0
B. Hayes 1 23 23.0 0
F. Gore Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Smith Jr. 1 22
D. Johnson 1 0
K. Singleton 1 0
Southern Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
E. Scott, Jr. 1 22
M. Shorts 1 0
C. Harrell 1 0
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Alves 5 217 43.4
Southern Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hunt 4 165 41.3
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 1 5 5.0
Southern Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Louis 3 72 24.0
Southern Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Harrell 2 38 19.0
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length
N. Brown 36
Southern Miss Missed FG
Player Length
B. Bourgeois 34




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