HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Mired in an 18-game losing streak, Southern Mississippi is making a change at quarterback.
The Golden Eagles (0-6, 0-2) will start freshman Nick Mullens against North Texas (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA) on Saturday when the two teams meet at Roberts Stadium. Mullens replaces senior Allan Bridgford, who started the first six games.
Mullens received extensive playing time after Southern Miss fell behind early last week in a 55-14 loss to East Carolina. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 97 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder from Hoover, Ala., is also a little more mobile in the pocket than Bridgford.
North Texas has won two straight games and is pushing to contend for a C-USA title in its first season in the league.