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Volume 98 Issue 10
#HaElex: It’s still not over Carly Tynes
Executive Editor Hattiesburg voters were given a second chance to vote for mayor in a special election Tuesday. Incumbent Mayor Johnny DuPree and independent challenger Dave Ware squared off against each other again in what has been nicknamed the “election that never ends.” The polls have since closed and precinct numbers have been reported. DuPree received 49 percent with 6,816 votes. Ware received 50 percent with 6,848 votes. Independent challenger Shawn O’Hara received 26 votes total. “We have gone through this in June, in August and we are going through it again,” DuPree told his supporters Tuesday night. “We will go to sleep 32 votes behind, but when we finish with absentee votes we will be victorious.” Ware thanked his supporters and stressed that there is still work to be done. “We’re going to see this thing
through to the end tomorrow,” Ware said. “We’re going to continue to stand up because this community is going to move forward together.” The Hattiesburg Election Commission began the process of counting the affidavit and absentee votes at City Hall Wednesday. “We’ve had nearly double the amount of absentee votes that we had during the general election,” said Connie Everett, City of Hattiesburg deputy clerk. “We ended up with 1,055 ballots that were logged in and were sent out to various precincts for them to review and either accept or reject whenever they got through with regular voting,” she said. Porsha White, a senior political science major, worked her fifth election Tuesday as a poll manager. White was the receiving and returning manager for Camp precinct. “I basically made sure my precinct ran smoothly,” White said. “I made sure there were no voter discrepancies, took care of all affidavit and absentee ballots and made sure everything stayed sealed and that
nobody was violating any rules.” The Rowan precinct ballot box was the last to arrive to City Hall Tuesday night. According to the attorney general, the ballot box arrived to City Hall without the required seal. An election commissioner escorted the padlocked box back to City Hall until a seal was placed on the Rowan box. “I don’t know if they ran out of them there, but it did not have a seal,” Ward 4 Election Commissioner Turner Jones said in a quote to the Hattiesburg American. “It had a padlock on it, but it didn’t have the seal.” White received the all-clear for her precinct’s ballot box Wednesday afternoon. “It’s all coming down to improper [poll worker] training,” White said of the mistakes made at the polls. Anna Pickens, a senior communication studies major, has been following the totals since election night and is ready to see who will win the race. “[The counting] is taking way too long,” said Pickens. “But in
Election Ofﬁcial Turner Jones seals the ballot boxes that arrive at City Hall from the counties of Hattiesburg, MS during the mayoral election Tuesday.
a way I understand why it’s taking them so long because we don’t want to have to go through something like this again.” According to the Hattiesburg American, election commission-
Independent challenger Dave Ware addresses the media and his supporters at a campaign party held to view the results of the Hattiesburg mayoral special election Tuesday.
Mayor Johnny DuPree talks with supporters after speaking to the press at his campaign headquarters Tuesday.
ers accepted 646 ballots from nine of the 14 precincts before the commissioners decided to continue the process Thursday at 9 a.m. “Hattiesburg’s tired of it,” she said. “We just want an answer.”
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On Monday, Sept. 16, a bicycle theft was reported at the Theater and Dance building at 2:49 p.m. The incident happened between 11:55 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. The case is still open. On Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 3:29 p.m., a black CD book, a wallet and a headband were reported missing. The theft happened between 11:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. The items have not been recovered. On Friday, Sept. 20 at 2:16 p.m., $50 was
taken from a dorm room in Roberts Hall. The theft happened between Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 11:00 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The money hasn’t been found. On Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:18 p.m., a laptop and binder were reportedly taken from the Bobby Chain Technology Center. The theft happened between 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. The case is still open. By: Kirstie Lowery
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Civil War exhibits plan to spark civil debate Crystal Garner Printz Reporter
Marking the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War era, University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi are currently hosting a series of exhibits to educate and encourage debate among the campus community. Each exhibit provides a unique look into the War Between the States. They highlight slavery and abolition, trace war events through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen and families and deliberate on the rebellion. “Viewers get to see documents from the time to get a first-hand perspective of the events of the war,” said Jennifer Brannock, rare book curator for the libraries. With the Civil War being one of the many great debates in American politics, deliberation is expected. Brannock said debate is natural with any case. “Discussions about topics help people really think about the issues, the resources and, in these incidents, how these events changed life and thought in America,” she said. The aim of the exhibits is to provide detailed information about the Civil War and allow people to develop personal perspectives. Stephanie Seal, a doctoral student in USM’s history department, cre-
Sophomore Kendra Mitchell reads over the “Deﬁning Liberty” exhibit displayed on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Cook Library.
ated two of the exhibits with Brannock’s coordination as a part of her internship with the libraries. “The target audience is everyone, but especially our students because they get to see both sides,” she said. “It’s the raw element of ‘this is what the nineteenth century is thinking.’” According to Seal, a student who may not know much about the war can take away an understanding of how slavery affected everyone. The Civil War exhibits are in conjunction with the Civil War 150 Lecture Series which began in September. The final lecture, “Soldiers
singing and fiddling during the Civil War,” will take place on Oct. 1. Civil War 150 National Traveling Exhibition schedule: Cook Library Sept. 13-30, 2013. Living Through the Rebellion: The Experience and History of the American Civil War McCain Library & Archives Monday - Friday from 9:00-4:00 through Jan. 15, 2014 Defining Liberty: The Slavery & Abolition Debate in Nineteenth Century American Print Culture Cook Library - until Oct. 2.
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It’s OK to relax: Ways to beat stress Megan Fink Printz Reporter It’s no secret that college is stressful. With a combination of classes, work and on-campus involvement, the average college student has a lot on his or her plate. Throw in money problems, all-nighters and a steady diet of Dr. Pepper and ramen noodles and students have a disaster on their hands. “When I’m stressed, I get tense, and when I’m tense, I get irritable,” said Amy Ball, a junior anthropology major. “I take a hot bath, drink some tea and read something just for fun. That helps.” Mya Kennedy, a sophomore psychology major, said she’s feeling the stress. Because she is an Army cadet, her recent knee injury threw a wrench in her plans. “I’m trying to get my GPA up, pass my PT test… it’s so hard when you’ve got all this going on and you don’t know what to do. It hurts, but I don’t want to quit.” Kennedy hasn’t sought counsel-
ing beyond medical care for her injury. “It probably could help,” she said, “but I don’t have time to do it.” Licensed Master’s Social Worker Portia Granger is a counselor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Counseling Services. She’s watched students crumble from stress. “We’ve had students go into full-fledged panic from being overwhelmed,” she said. “We get a lot of freshmen having trouble adjusting to new responsibility, and seniors trying to find and adjust to the next chapter of their lives.” Granger’s advice is for students to compartmentalize, prioritize and take care of their bodies. “How do you eat an elephant?” she asked. “One bite at a time.” She said organizing tasks can make a student feel more overwhelmed. “I love to-do lists, but if you make a to-do list that stretches out six weeks, that’ll make it worse. Make a to-do list just for today. Scale back, so you don’t get overwhelmed.” Granger also stressed physical health. “Self care is extremely
important. Take care of yourself and yourself will take care of you,” she said. She recommends getting plenty of sleep and exercise; counseling and mental health can only go so far. “If you’re sleepy, malnourished, and not taking care of yourself, it’s like peanut
butter with no jelly or Kool-Aid with no sugar. You can’t have one without the other.” Whether students choose to seek counseling or rely on selfcare, they should make sure they address their stress before it gets too big to handle. Don’t wait until
a break-down during finals week. For more information about Student Counseling Services, visit www.usm.edu/student-counseling-services or call 601.266.4829 to schedule an appointment.
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Southern Miss ties run deep April Garon Printz Reporter Naomi Leweck’s favorite study topic as a psychology major is empathy. “We live in the global age,” Leweck said. “ If you don’t know anything about other people you can’t feel for them. If something is completely foreign, you can’t relate. Political, social and economic issues can be solved through empathy.” Originally from Germany, Leweck is a product of the global age: her mother, Kazuko Hayashi Leweck, is Japanese, and her father, Klaus- Juergen Leweck, is German. While they may be from opposites sides of the globe, one locale links this family together: The University of Southern Mississippi. Leweck’s parents studied at Southern Miss in 1980. Her dad was a marine biology major and her mother was a student at the English Language Institute. They married and moved to Germany, where Naomi grew up. When she decided to go to college in the U.S., her parents encouraged her to attend Southern Miss. She said they were happy she chose to go to college where they have so many great memories together. “My parents met here at an international student event,” Leweck said. “The students were cooking a meal together and they were both assigned to wash vegetables.” Travel is a passion of Leweck’s;
she has travelled to more than 10 countries, including Spain, Austria, Poland, Brazil, Great Britain and Norway. She is fluent in German, English and Japanese.
After spending 10 months in a Texas high school exchange program, she knew she wanted to continue her education in America. “I love the American mentality.
Naomi Leweck is a junior psychology major and is originally from Germany. Her parents were foreign students who met at Southern Miss and now she is continuing the family tradition.
“The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” Chase Ladner Printz Reporter This weekend, students in the Southern Miss theatre department will present the political satire “The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” free of charge. Written by Italian playwright Dario Fo, the play tells an exaggerated version of the real events surrounding the death of anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli who died from either a fall or a push. The play is directed by Michelle Taylor, a second year MFA graduate student in directing from Slidell, La. “One of the messages in the story is about seeking the truth,” Taylor said. “We hear two sides of the same story. One from the police officers and one from the anarchist. The audience gets to decide who they believe is telling the truth.“
Despite its political content, the play takes the form of a farce: highly exaggerated, highly physical and overblown humor. “Everything you do has to be extremely clear,” Skylar Falgout, sophomore in theatre from Mobile, said. “You really need to have a clear understanding of what you’re saying and how the audience perceives [your character].” Falgout plays a police chief who may have been involved in having Pinelli pushed out of the window, as opposed to him falling. Also, unlike most plays at USM, the actors are responsible for designing and putting together their own costumes. “It’s both really cool and a real struggle,” Falgout said. “It really makes you appreciate the costume designers.” This play is not part of the theatre department’s season, but is a graduate project for Taylor. To audiences this means the play has
free admission, but it also means that it doesn’t receive the same support from the department as the other plays in terms of making the set or the costumes. “While we are not shop supported like the other productions this semester,” Taylor said, “I have had a little help from some other students. But that was part of the consideration in picking this show is that it had a minimal set.” “It’s much more intimate,” Falgout said. “We all really count on each other.” Even though it is not a large production, Falgout still sees the benefit of participating in it. “This is a great situation for me to get to know the department better,” she said. “It’s a really great opportunity.” Performances will take place in Woods Theatre on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
You live in the moment and are very openly welcoming,” Leweck said. “It’s easy to make the first step in here. Germans are a little more reserved when it comes to strangers.” She has also travelled across America; from Los Angeles to New York and many cities in between. But she fell in love with Southern culture. “People are very polite here, very Southern,” she said. “I still have to get used to the way people speak though, the twang is different and sometimes hard to understand.” This is Leweck’s first semester at Southern Miss. She transferred from a community college in the same town as her exchange program. She said it’s been a great experience so far. “I went back to square one, didn’t know anything about Hattiesburg,” she said. “Everyone is really helpful. The classes are a little harder, which I like. The
downtown area is beautiful.” Her future plans seem natural for someone with such a diverse background: She wants to continue her studies in graduate school and focus on multicultural and social psychology. “Psychology is the study of the mind,” she said. “Cultural influences can change the way minds work. Values are changed due to your culture. The way you interpret things from your environment changes depending on the culture.” Leweck has made many friends through international student events, much like her parents did 30 years ago. They plan to visit her soon, and are excited to stroll through the campus that started it all. “They are very eager to visit,” Leweck said. “It brings back so many memories.”
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Arts & Entertainment
Thursday, September 26, 2013
“Mechanical Bull” takes listeners on a wild ride Emily Evans Printz Reporter
You may only know them for their hit “Use Somebody,” but Kings of Leon have continuously grown in the years following their first album release. The band took a bit of a hiatus after releasing “Come Around Sundown” and left fans anxious to see what the band had in mind for the future. When word spread that Kings of Leon would be releasing a new album, the anticipation soared. With the band’s tremendous talent and good looks, they definitely didn’t disap-
point fans with their comeback album. No matter your mood or situation, “Mechanical Bull” has a song for you. If you’re looking for an upbeat tune that will make you feel like it’s summertime all over again, the first single, “Supersoaker,” is a great choice. Like the first single, this album showcases the band’s groovy, funky sound and their carefree, confident persona through songs like “Don’t Matter,” “Family Tree” and “Rock City.” While KOL albums tend to
“Beautiful War” allow listeners to get a personal look into what inspires KOL. Kings of Leon has always been known for heavy-drum songs that keep listeners jamming. This album is no exception. At least half of the songs are ones that listeners could dance along with. This group has a Courtesy Photo classic rock sound include more jams than easy mixed with the southlistening, this album came ern grunge culture they were equipped with a few softer raised in. KOL also writes numbers, each with a power- songs that are poetically relful message. Songs like “Wait evant. Whether it is a hopeFor Me,” “On The Chin” and ful or heartbreaking song, this
band knows how to make the message slightly ambiguous so listeners can develop their own interpretation. The lessons are also relatable. “Mechanical Bull” delivers the best of both worlds for listeners. The album is a creative expression of the fun and freedom associated with youth, but it is also a representation of the struggles and conflicts that young people face on their life’s journey. Kings of Leon delivers their ideas through their brilliantly crafted southern rock sound that will surely entertain listeners for decades to come.
her Twitter page: “‘Applause’ is a very meaningful song to me, because it addresses what many think of ‘celebrities’ today, that we ‘do it’ for the attention. But some of us are ‘artists’ in this group called ‘celebrity,’ and what we create doesn’t live on unless there’s an audience to remember it.” Gaga, we get it. You see yourself as an artist and love performing, but how can most Americans connect to that? Most of us are not performers. I respect your talent, but that doesn’t make me fall in love with the song. Last week, Spears’ released her single, “Work B**ch.” Yes, that’s the title. Everytime I hear it, I picture people in the club pumping their fists to the music. Spears sings that if “You wanna live fancy, live in a big mansion, party in France, you better
work b**ch.” While most people who work hard every day never get to experience living in a mansion, the song is so fun and upbeat that it doesn’t matter. Rachael Brizzard, a senior speech pathology major,
While Perry, Gaga and Spears are considered the top three contenders for the title, Miley Cyrus is swinging her way in on a wrecking ball to become a heavy contender. Her newest single “Wrecking Ball” holds the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100 songs for this week. The music video for the single even broke the Youtube record for mostviewed video in a single day. At the Video Music Awards, Gaga was invited to perform the opening number while Perry sang the finale song. But, both were upstaged by some major twerking. Cyrus’ outlandish behavior on stage may have pushed her into becoming “the one to watch.” If Cyrus can continue to top the charts like Perry, perform outrageously in music videos like Gaga and produce club music like Spears, we may have a new pop princess. While the jury is still out, Americans anxiously await the release of their albums. Only time will tell which artist will win the title of pop princess of this decade.
The quest for pop princess Sarah Turnage Printz Reporter
We all know the title of king and queen of pop goes to Michael Jackson and Madonna. With Justin Timberlake’s new hit album, he secured the title of prince of pop since he left the boy band and brought ‘sexy back’ as a solo artist. Britney Spears was definitely the princess of pop during the 2000s, but does she still hold her title? This year, Spears, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga will all release their new albums within months of each other. Each artist has released her first single from her album. But, it is still unclear which female artist will take the title. Perry’s “Roar” is an empowerment anthem. It speaks to people who may not speak up for themselves. Perry’s single encourages everyone to “roar louder than a lion.” Yes, that does sound a tad corny, but it’s Katy Perry, so we all buy into it. Lady Gaga’s first single from her new album is “Applause,” and the song has an electropop feel. Gaga shared the meaning of the song on
said that her favorite song of the three is Perry’s “Roar.” “It has a catchy beat, and it’s one of those songs that you catch yourself singing to when no one is listening,” Brizzard said. Even though Perry’s song is her favorite, Brizzard be-
lieves that Gaga will be most remembered in years to come. “Lady Gaga will be remembered 20 years from now for her unique styles including her performances and wardrobe choices,” she said. “Who can forget the girl who wore a sea shell bathing suit to the VMAs. Now, that was an outfit.” Even though “Roar” tops the charts over “Applause,” Gaga may have the lead for the title of pop princess of this decade. Her music and performance choices are innovative, which are simiCourtesy Photos lar to Madonna. Spears’s height of fame occurred in the 2000s. She just announced a twoyear gig at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. This will be a boost to her career, but I don’t see it as enough to beat the charttopping Perry and the Gaga’s enormous fan base.
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Faces of USM We ask, you answer.
Zack Faith Freshman Electronics Engineering Saint Stephens, AL
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Do you have any hobbies?
I play ultimate frisbee. It’s a lot like football, except with a frisbee. There’s not really tackling, if you’re on defense, you try to swat the frisbee to keep the other team from catching it. There’s a lot of conditioning. If you’re not in shape it’ll definitely show.
Bridging the gap: Which book will you read?
Courtney McNichols Copy Editor You see them everywhere in your classes and throughout our campus. They are the students with obvious differences in physical appearance that are just trying to lead a normal life but in fact lead anything but. There is a certain way others who are outside the bubble have come to regard those who have disabilities. People without disabilities tend to take very superior roles in dealing with a disabled individual when they should simply regard a person with a disability as a person with feelings. Any disability is an unfortunate part of a person, the words “part of” being operative. A person’s disability should not elicit negative treatment from others. Sarah Hart, a sophomore speech pathology major, was born with Spina Bifida. She uses a wheelchair and receives assistance with daily activities from a personal care attendant. Non-disabled individuals sometimes diminish her ability and stare at her, which she admitted bugs her.
I completely understand that a non-disabled individual may be uncomfortable in the presence of a disabled individual. They fail to realize that their disabled counterparts are, at their core, the same as others. “People with disabilities aren’t different from other people. They may need to do things a different way or something like that, [but] they’re still people,” said Mytchi McKenzie, a senior social work major. “It’s better if people ask to learn what they don’t know about because it’s better to ask than to just not know. Assuming to know something about one person is no substitute for actually getting to know them and this is no different for those with disabilities.” The clinical term for McKenzie’s disability is Retinitis Pigmentosa. She was born legally blind with vision only in her right eye minus peripheral vision. She completely lost her sight in 2009 during her freshman year of college, two weeks prior to finals. She has a guide dog named Maya. McKenzie admits frustration over the notion that seeing individuals would rather talk to another seeing individual as opposed to her and completely bypass her. She even senses others
staring at her sometimes. McKenzie completely accepts her disability and leaves the floor open to educate anyone about it. “I am of the opinion that even if it gets uncomfortable with people staring at me at least they are learning something.” Audrey Bennet is a senior speech pathology major who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was one year old. Bennet uses both a walker and a wheelchair in addition to assistance from her personal care attendant. She endures the occasional stare as well as others underestimating her on the basis of her condition. When asked what she would say to others in regard to being treated differently, Bennet said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t just look at it. Open [it] and read it. You might actually like it.” So, which book will you be reading today?
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USM to play the high-powered Boise St. Broncos Judge Lucas Printz Reporter Southern Miss will visit Boise St. to play on the “Smurf Turf” and attempt to finally end the losing streak Saturday Sept. 28. The Golden Eagles had the last week off and head coach Todd Monken and coordinators utilized the opportunity to correct the flaws that have led to a disappointing 0-3 start. “We focused on ourselves, alignment, assignment, our effort, our energy, our body language and now we’re looking forward to this Saturday going out and playing a tremendous football team,” Monken said in a recent interview. The Eagles will face a 2-2 Broncos team that has yet to lose on its own field. Boise St. has won all three previous meetings against Southern Miss, including a 40-14 blowout in last year’s contest. Coach Monken stressed the issue of turnovers and how the team will need to show poise and confidence. “We’ve done a better job the last couple of weeks of protecting the football,” Monken said. “There’s just no way we can go
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Southern Miss defense attempts to bring down a Boise State running back during last year’s game at The Rock. The Southern Miss defense looks to contain the Broncos’ high-powered offense Saturday at Bronco Stadium.
into a shell and fear every time we throw the ball we think it’s going to be a turnover or every time we run it we’re going to fumble it. We just have to do it better.” Quarterback Allan Bridgford ranks fifth in Conference USA with 732 passing yards, but has contributed to the turnover numbers with seven interceptions.
Soccer and volleyball begin conference play Alan Rawls
Printz Reporter Both the USM women’s soccer and volleyball teams will begin conference play Friday, Sept. 27. The soccer team will play the Mean Green of North Texas in Denton, Texas, at 7 p.m. while the volleyball team will play UAB in Birmingham at 7 p.m. as well. USM’s soccer team is still strong with a 6-2-2 record against nonconference opponents, and the offense averages 3.7 goals per match, ranking first in scoring offense in the NCAA. The offense is led by Danica Roberts, who is sixth in the NCAA for points per game (2.50). That offense will have to be ready for North Texas (6-3-0), a team that has had a shutout winning streak of four matches, outscoring opponents 12-0. That win streak includes victories over TCU and Oklahoma. Though they have three losses and are coming off a loss as well, they have only been defeated by 2nd ranked Wake Forest and 10th ranked Virginia Tech. Their third blemish of their record was a 2-1 overtime loss to Oklahoma State. After facing North Texas, the Lady Eagles soccer team will close the weekend with a match at
UTEP (7-2-1), another tough opponent that has a current winning streak of four. The weekend will not be easy for the USM volleyball team either. The Golden Eagles (9-6) just wrapped up a tournament in Oxford, Miss., with three losses to Chattanooga, Ole Miss, and Louisiana-Lafayette. USM only won four of 13 total sets in that tournament and will be facing UAB (115), a team that is 4-1 at home and averages 13 kills per set. USM is 1-2 in away games so far this year, but the Golden Eagles will be able to hold their own. The Eagles average over 14 digs per set and over 13 kills per set. Southern Miss has a powerful offensive weapon in Quinci Hayward, who is responsible for over thirty percent of USM’s total kills. Hayward has recorded 216 kills with over 4 kills per set. Elise Ames leads the team in attack percentage with .377; Ames, Hayward, and other talented players could certainly pull off a win in Birmingham. The volleyball team will then have a four-game home stretch beginning Oct. 4 against North Texas. Southern Miss is 4-1 at home and has won 12 of 15 sets in Reed-Green Coliseum.
The running game has been a weakness for the Golden Eagles’ offense. Jalen Richard’s teamleading 115 yards on the ground is only good enough for 21st in CUSA. The Eagles average 68 yards a game rushing and have yet to run for a touchdown. “If we’re really good and we’re cooking, we would have to run or a heck of a lot more for the numbers they gave us in the box,” Monken said when asked about the running game’s performance against Arkansas. “We just got our pad level down and that’s where we were much better. We were much better up front and the looks were better.” The turnovers and lack of pos-
session time has put the Southern Miss defense in difficult positions. Despite only allowing 337.7 yards a game, the unit has given up 34 points per game. Leading the defense is Alan Howze’s 34 tackles and Kelsey Douglas’ lone interception. The squad will need to minimize errors against a Boise St. offense that has been a monster in the Mountain West Conference for the last decade. By utilizing an elite dual-threat offense, the Broncos have accumulated 478 yards per game and 37.8 points per game. The dominant offense ran more than 100 plays in a loss to 25th ranked Fresno St. last week. Second-year starter Joe South-
wick has 986 yards passing with six touchdowns and three interceptions. The senior has completed 72 percent of his throws and has shown an ability to extend plays and scramble, accumulating 124 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Southwick’s job is made easier by one of the nation’s deepest receiving corps. Matt Miller is the thirdleading receiver in the MWC with 30 receptions. His 281 yards and reception touchdown pair nicely with Kirby Moore’s 195 yards and two touchdowns. The offense doesn’t stop with the passing game; the Broncos’ running backs have helped to keep double coverage off its receivers and force linebackers to respect the ground game. The tandem of Jay Ajayi and Aaron Baltazar has combined for 550 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. “It still comes down to turnovers and not giving up big plays,” Monken said when asked how his team will stop the elite Broncos’ offense. “It becomes taxing when you’re out there a long time, and you’re trying to sub in and out. But we can only control what we can control and that’s moving the ball and scoring points and then what they do is what they do.” The Eagles will need to match the Broncos point for point in what will likely be an offensive showdown. This contest will conclude the daunting three-game road trip before returning home to face Florida International Saturday Oct. 5.
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