HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Jack Abraham passed for 428 yards and four touchdowns and Southern Miss rolled to a 40-22 victory over Rice on Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Abraham, a sophomore, completed 25 of 34 passes and finished with the fourth-highest single-game yardage total in Golden Eagles history.
Southern Miss (2-1) jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on Parker Shaunfield's 28-yard field goal and Abraham's 28-yard scoring strike to Quez Watkins.
The Owls (1-3) pulled within two points by quarter's end on Austin Walter's 62-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion run by Jordan Myers.
Abraham connected with Tez Parks for a 14-yard TD and a 17-8 lead early in the second quarter. Rice again cut its deficit to two on Aaron Cephus' 5-yard pass from Shawn Stankavage, but the Golden Eagles answered with Steven Anderson's 1-yard plunge to lead 24-15 at halftime.
Abraham sandwiched TD passes to Jaylond Adams and Tim Jones around Shaunfield's 44-yard field goal to pull away in the second half.
It marked the eighth straight meeting that the winning team has scored at least 40 points.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.