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Updated: 8/31/2013 10:06 pm
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA) - Southern Miss started the Todd Monken era with the team's 13th consecutive loss, falling 22-15 to Texas State on Saturday evening.

Texas State came out strong, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game. The Bobcats recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. In the second Texas State scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Moore to Robert Lowe to make it a 14-0 game.

The Golden Eagles managed to get on the scoreboard before the half, as Corey Acosta connected on a 41-yard field goal with 17 seconds left. The Bobcats led 14-3 at the break.

In the third quarter, it was all USM. In a 1:12 span, the Golden Eagles earned 2 points on a safety and then added another 7 on a touchdown pass by Allan Bridgford.

Southern Miss trailed by just two entering the final quarter.

USM took the lead for the first time in the game with 5:43 left in regulation when Corey Acosta hit his second field goal of the game, a 36-yarder, to make it 15-14 Southern Miss.

But under three minutes later, Tyer Arndt capped off the Bobcat drive with a 17-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion gave Texas State a 22-15 lead and closed out the scoring in the game.

Bridgford's numbers were good for USM, going 28-for-53 for 377 yards and a touchdown.

Southern Miss has now lost 13 games in a row, dating back to their season-ending bowl win in 2012.

Next up for the Golden Eagles is a road meeting with Nebraska on Sept. 7.
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