Allenzae Staggers already set the school record for receiving yards in a game this year.
He did his best to try and break it again on Saturday night as Southern Miss’ aerial attack was too much for UL-Lafayatte in 28-21 victory in the New Orleans Bowl.
Staggers did most of his damage in the first half but finished with a remarkable 230 yards on 11 catches with one touchdown. His stellar play in slicing up the Ragin’ Cajuns’ secondary played a big role in the Golden Eagles’ offensive success and allowed senior quarterback Nick Mullens to close out his career with 346 yards, two scores and an interception that came off a deflection.
Tailback Ito Smith also had an impressive night to end the season, rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns while adding another score through the air.
That was all too much for Louisiana to overcome. Quarterback Anthony Jennings did take advantage of a turnover to cut the lead to one score late in the fourth quarter but was otherwise mediocre with just 95 yards passing on eight completions (he did rush for two scores). Elijah McGuire chipped in with 96 yards on the ground as well.
The victory caps off an up-and-down 2016 for Southern Miss in which the team rallied to beat Kentucky in the opener but struggled down the stretch when Mullens missed time with injuries.
Those issues were forgotten about on Saturday however, as the night belonged to the ever productive Staggers and the impressive aerial attack of the Golden Eagles in a fun one from the Superdome.