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McCormick scores two touchdowns, helps UTSA grind out win against Southern Miss

Running back Sincere McCormick ran for two touchdowns in his return to action, helping UTSA slog to a 23-20 win against Southern Miss on Saturday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

After sitting out last week to witness the birth of his child, McCormick carried 32 times for 173 yards against the Golden Eagles. The Roadrunners (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) were held to just 96 yards in the first half, and McCormick scampered for a career-long 69-yard touchdown on the first possession of the second half to provide a spark.

McCormick set UTSA’s single-season record with 1,094 yards and matched the program single-season record with his ninth rushing touchdown.

His 1-yard scamper midway through the third quarter gave the Roadrunners a 23-10 lead, but the Golden Eagles (2-7, 1-4) pulled within 23-20 early in the fourth quarter on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tate Whatley to Frank Gore Jr.

The Roadrunners’ defense came up with a stop on the ensuing possession, allowing the offense to drain the final 4 minutes and 36 seconds off the clock. Quarterback Frank Harris converted a third-down with a 9-yard run on a read option that looked to be blown up in the backfield, and McCormick converted a third-and-1 to seal the game.

Whatley finished 22-of-39 passing for 272 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but UTSA’s defense limited the Southern Miss ground game to 75 yards on 26 carries.

UTSA running back Sincere McCormick (3) runs over a Southern Mississippi defender for a short gain during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rogelio V. Solis, STF / Associated Press

Harris struggled to find a rhythm passing for UTSA, completing 12 of 19 passes for 71 yards with a touchdown and an interception.