Fletcher, Southern Miss Run Past UT-Martin

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Damion Fletcher ran for 156 yards and a touchdown as Southern Miss beat Tennessee-Martin 35-13 tonight.

Fletcher scored on a four-yard run in the third quarter to put Southern Miss up 21-6.

The sophomore also eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark in his career during the game.

It was the first meeting between the Golden Eagles and the Skyhawks, who are members of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.

Tennessee-Martin is coached by Jason Simpson, a former player for Southern Miss' Jeff Bower, and two of his assistants also coached for Bower in Hattiesburg.

The Golden Eagles fell behind 6-0 early on field goals of 24 and 25 yards by the Skyhawks' Tom Hansen.

But Southern Miss rallied to take a 14-6 lead at halftime, thanks mostly to Fletcher. He had 122 yards rushing in the first half.

A 36-yard run by Fletcher set up Jeremy Young's one-yard quarterback sneak for a score. And Fletcher's 21-yard run led to a 14-yard reverse for a touchdown by Chris Johnson.

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