Southern Mississippi rallies to beat Old Dominion 56-31

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Jalen Richard ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns, Nick Mullens passed for two TDs and ran for another, and Southern Mississippi rallied to beat Old Dominion 56-31 on Saturday.

Trailing 17-14 at halftime, Mullens hit Michael Thomas on a 24-yard scoring pass, but Shuler Bentley threw scoring passes of 11 and 64 yards to Jonathan Duhart and the Monarchs (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA) led 31-21.

Ito Smith scored on a 19-yard run and Richard scored the go-ahead TD on a 10-yard run. He added a 4-yard run after Trae Collins' interception. Mullens scored from 9 yards and Richard from 54 in the fourth.

Mullens was 21 of 37 for 302 yards, and the Golden Eagles had 612 yard to 338 for the Monarchs.

Bentley was 22 of 41 for 228 yards, with a 16-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal. Martez Simpson recovered a Mullens fumble and returned it for a 33-yard score.

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