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USM football falls at No. 5 Florida State after competitive first half

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Southern Miss football was on the wrong end of a rout.

The Golden Eagles were within reach for the first 22 minutes Saturday night, but No. 5 Florida State kept the pedal to the metal in a 66-13 takedown of Southern Miss.

Florida State (2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Southern Miss hung around until midway through the second quarter. The Seminoles responded to the Golden Eagles’ first points of the game with 17 points on their next three possessions, taking a 31-3 lead at halftime. 

Southern Miss (1-1) didn’t offer as much resistance in the second half, surrendering three touchdowns in the first five minutes. It scored its only touchdown late in the third quarter, but the game was well out of hand.

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