Lafayette, LA - Dec. 20, 2005
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Jim Donnan Coaches always worry about how their teams will respond after a long layoff. The New Orleans Bowl showed why. Turnovers and mistakes dominated the first half. Southern Miss adjusted and relied on its big offensive line to get Cody Hull loose and take over in the second half. QB Dustin Almond also did a good job directing the Golden Eagles. I was impressed with the way outmanned Arkansas State competed. -- Jim Donnan

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Dustin Almond
Dustin Almond tossed two touchdown passes for Southern Miss.
Almond Joy
Whether the New Orleans Bowl is held in New Orleans or down the road in Lafayette, La., Dustin Almond and Southern Miss find happiness in the Louisiana setting. The Golden Eagles claimed their second straight New Orleans Bowl with a 31-19 win over Sun Belt champ Arkansas State on Tuesday. Story | Watch ESPN Motion
It Was Over When …

QB Dustin Almond hooked up with Shawn Nelson on an 8-yard touchdown pass to extend the Golden Eagles' lead to 31-19 with 8:22 left. Southern Miss struggled more than expected with the Indians, but Almond's two second-half TDs to Nelson proved to be the difference.

Game Ball Goes To …

Southern Miss' Cody Hull, who powered his way for 161 yards and one touchdown. Once the offensive line and Hull got the ground game rolling, the passing lanes opened up for Almond.

Stat Of The Game

5. The Golden Eagles and Indians showed the rust from a long layoff. The teams combined to make five turnovers.



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