In a game with Conference USA title implications, Western Kentucky's defense shined inside M.M. Roberts Stadium.
The Hilltoppers (7-4, 5-2 C-USA) defeated Southern Mississippi 28-10 Saturday, snapping the Golden Eagles' eight-game home winning streak.
With the loss, the Golden Eagles (7-4, 5-2) now sit in a three-way tie in the C-USA West division with Louisiana Tech (8-3, 5-2) and the University of Alabama Birmingham (8-3, 5-2).
Southern Miss returns to action when the Golden Eagles go on the road to face Florida Atlantic.
While the loss Saturday hurts, running De'Michael Harris said the Golden Eagles chances of competing for a conference title are not dead.