Southern Mississippi wide receiver Isaiah Jones runs in for a touchdown against Savannah State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Hattiesburg, Miss. (Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American via AP)
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September 10, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Nick Mullens threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and the Southern Miss defense allowed the fewest total yards in Conference USA history in the Golden Eagles' 56-0 win over Savannah State on Saturday night.

Mullens completed 16 of 20 passes for 216 yards. Ito Smith had 128 yards rushing - including an 86-yard scoring run - and George Payne added 116 and a touchdown on 14 carries. It was the second-consecutive game in which Smith and Payne both ran for at least 100 yards.

Mullens scored on a 1-yard run and then hit Korey Robertson for a 22-yard touchdown before Smith's score on the last play of the first quarter made it 21-0. Mullens sandwiched touchdown passes to Isaiah Jones and D.J. Thompson around Allenze Staggers' 75-yard punt return for a score and Payne added an 11-yard touchdown run to make it 49-0 at halftime.

Savannah State (0-2) had just 41 total yards and three first downs.

Since trailing 35-10 against Kentucky last Saturday, Southern Miss (2-0) has outscored its opponents 90-0.

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