Conference USA Championship 2011 Score: Southern Miss Finally Cracks End Zone

Did you expect the Houston Cougars and Southern Miss Golden Eagles to combine for eleventy points in the first quarter of the 2011 Conference USA Championship Game? The two top-15 offenses have combined for seven points through the first quarter, a 14-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Ryan Balentine.

Weather has been an issue, with a stern breeze disrupting UH's electric passing game somewhat. It's also rendered Houston's special teams useless -- Richie Leone is averaging 22.2 yards per punt.

Southern Miss' No. 25 defense could give Case Keenum and company its toughest task of the year, but don't expect the Cougars to be held out of the end zone for much longer. Houston has started out slow before, even trailing for much of the first half in Keenum's nine-touchdown game.

Still! We've got ourselves a competition here in Texas.

For more on this game, visit SB Nation Houston.

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