Richard's 64-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter gave Southern Mississippi (2-1) a 14-point lead with just over six minutes to play. His four rushing touchdowns were the most in Golden Eagles history since Austin Davis ran for four against Houston in 2010. Nick Mullens had four touchdowns on 19-of-27 passing, tossing scores of 4 and 50 yards to Casey Martin.
Tyler Jones threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, leading Texas State (1-2) in rushing with 160 yards on 18 attempts. He completed 31 of 46 passes for 310 yards.
The Bobcats led 25-21 at halftime, but Southern Mississippi countered with touchdowns on its first five second-half possessions. The teams combined for 1,204 total yards and 51 first downs.