Golden Eagles Eyeing First Bowl Game Victory Since 2011


When Southern Miss opened up the season with a road win in Kentucky, the first over an SEC opponent in 16 years, that was a defining moment for the program. It doesn’t have to be the only mark these seniors leave on the program.
The Golden Eagles also have the chance to win their first bowl game in five years. Ever since that trip to Hawaii, USM has seen two new coaches come and go with Jay Hopson being the third new face since Larry Fedora.
During that stretch came the infamous 23 game losing streak, but it also brought the largest comeback in school history: a west division title, a new all-time leading passer at Southern Miss in Nick Mullens, and maybe, just maybe, that ever elusive bowl game victory.
Southern Miss Defensive Back Picasso Nelson Jr. said, “This year has had its ups and downs, but we’ve done things that Southern Miss hasn’t done in a long time. That’s one thing is beating an SEC team. We did that. One thing Southern Miss hasn’t done in a while is win a bowl game, so that’s really one of our main focuses to win.”
Southern Miss Defensive Lineman Dylan Bradley said, “Got to finish what me and a lot of other seniors started. We came in here as a group that was going to a team that was 0-12. We believed in this university. We believed in the tradition and so to finish this and put Southern Miss back as a bowl champion and give the team something to fight for next year, that’s just what we fought for this whole time we were here.”
Next Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl versus Louisiana-Lafayette is USM’s 24th bowl game appearance all-time.


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