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Southern Miss squeaks out 19-17 victory
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Louisiana Tech University running back Lennon Creer (5) makes his way against the University of Southern Mississippi defense during a season-opening contest for both teams in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday night.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A 50-yard field goal by Danny Hrapmann with 2:32 left in the game gave the University of Southern Mississippi a 19-17 victory over Louisiana Tech University in the 2011 season opener at M.M. Roberts Stadium here Saturday night.

Hrapmann, among the nation’s top returning placekickers and a candidate for the Lou Groza Award, enabled the Golden Eagles to squeak out its second straight close win against the Bulldogs. In a 2010 opener at Joe Aillet Stadium, USM escaped with a 13-12 victory.

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