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Grades for Southern Miss game

OFFENSE: F

Was 2 minutes away from first single-digit game since 2011. Eight 3-and-outs, 1 of 13 on 3rd down … Ugly, ugly, ugly.

DEFENSE: B

I’m grudgingly deducting for 2 TDs in the 4th quarter. I saw the most swarming, motivated defense the Herd has exhibited all season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-

A blocked field goal and a penalty on a return mars a bang-up punting performance.

QUARTERBACKING: D

Take away that last TD pass and Chase Litton was 19 of 33 for 122 yards with a bad fumble (albeit recovered). Yuck.

COACHING: C-

I’m giving *that* much credit to Chuck Heater. Otherwise, this would flunk.

OVERALL: D

Offense looks as hopeless as the Herd’s postseason prospects.