After having few problems against Jackson State in week one. The Southern Miss offense struggled through the air and on the ground against Louisiana-Monroe.
For example, last week against the Tigers, USM rushed for over 200 yards.
Saturday night, they were held to 58 yards on 34 carries.
Head coach Jay Hopson said that needs to change.
“Yeah we didn’t run the ball well,” said Hopson. “Ain’t no doubt about it. That’s about an accurate a statement as you can make . Again, we gotta be better that that. The bottom line is they stuffed our run game and it’s just something we better, as coaches and players, we better come to work next week and we better get better.”
That also goes for quarterback Jack Abraham.
Despite throwing for 378 yards and two touchdowns, he also lost two fumbles and was picked off twice with his second pick coming on the final drive of the game.
“We made too many mental mistakes,” said Abraham. “It was all, we shot ourselves in the foot too much and we cant do that. I mean that’s just the bottom line. On my part, O-Line’s part, every position on the team, you know, we just, it’s mental mistakes we can’t have.”
“It’s never one man’s fault or one man’s, you know, the quarterback is always going to get too much of the glory and too much of the blame,” said Hopson. “Bottom line is as a football team offensively we struggled. I mean the statistics don’t look that bad but we struggled offensively.”