Southern Miss blanks winless Texas-El-Paso, posts 24-0 win

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Ito Smith ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns as Southern Miss captured its second straight Homecoming and recorded its first Conference-USA shutout since 2001, blanking Texas-El Paso 24-0 Saturday.

But it was the Eagles’ defense that shone brightest. Southern Miss (4-2, 2-1) held the Miners to just 147 total yards, including just 17 net yards on the ground.

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