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Southern Miss Holds 28-21 Lead Over Houston, Potentially Helping Boise State In BCS

The Houston Cougars' BCS bid is in doubt on Saturday afternoon. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles hold a lead in the second half.

The Week 15 and final BCS standings might experience a bit of a shakeup if the Houston Cougars lose to the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles in the Conference USA Championship Game. The Cougars had entered the game at 12-0 and seemingly in cruise control for an automatic berth for a BCS bowl game. But then the Eagles decided to play tough and now hold a 28-21 lead early in the third quarter.

Southern Miss jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Cougars jumped right back into things with back-to-back touchdowns, as well. However, Austin Davis connected with Dominique Sullivan for a 69-yard touchdown and the 21-14 lead, which Southern Miss took into halftime.

The Golden Eagles started the second half with the ball but went three-and-out. On the ensuing Houston drive, Case Keenum brought the Cougars to its own 43-yard line, but then had to kick on fourth down after having a first down earlier in the drive. Furious Bradley then had a clear path to the punter on the punt attempt, blocking the ball. Bradley then recovered the ball at the 11-yard line and brought it in for the score and the 28-14 lead.

The Cougars appeared ready to score on the following drive, but Case Keenum threw an interception in the Southern Miss endzone. Yet, Southern Miss' Davis threw his own interception on the next drive, setting up a four-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes.

Should Houston lose and TCU not make it into the Top 16 of the BCS, the Boise St. Broncos, provided they defeat New Mexico, could move into a position for a BCS bowl.

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