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    Sept. 7, 2002

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    Southern Mississippi running back Derrick Nix (43) is tripped up by Illinois defensive end Derrick Strong (98) after a short gain in the first quarter Saturday.

    Southern Mississipi defenders Joe Henely, left, and Michael Boley, center, get past Illinois blockers Antoineo Harris (31) and Bucky Babcock (70) to sack quarterback Dustin Ward (11) for a loss of 7-yards in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Southern Mississippi's defense limited Illinois to 163 yards passing with two interceptions. Southern Mississippi defeated Illinois, 23-20.

    Southern Mississippi running back Derrick Nix (43) sprints up the middle for a 10-yard gain against Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Southern Mississippi defeated Illinois, 23-20. Nix rushed for 201 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.

    Southern Mississippi running back Derrick Nix (43) is tripped up by Illinois defensive end Derrick Strong (98) after a short gain in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    Southern Mississippi quarterback Micky D'Angelo (7) is hit by Illinois linebacker Joe Bevis (33) as he releases a first quarter pass, Saturday.

    Southern Mississippi running back Derrick Nix (43) sprints up the middle for a 10-yard gain against Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Southern Mississippi defeated Illinois, 23-20. Nix rushed for 201 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.

    Illinois wide receiver Greg Lewis (17) hauls in a 29-yard pass over Southern Mississippi linebacker Michael Boley (27) Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Southern Mississippi defeated Illinois

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