Coming off the second-biggest win of the Jay Hopson era against Jackson State in week one, Southern Miss was the second best team on the field against Louisiana-Monroe in week two.
The Golden Eagles scored from 75 yards out on the first play from scrimmage, but otherwise struggled for the duration of Saturday’s nail-biter. USM lost the turnover battle 4-1 and still had a chance to win it late, but couldn’t overcome untimely penalties and two missed field goals.
The Warhawks sealed the deal with a game-ending interception, leaving Coach Hopson with a long list of things to be upset about, but a short list of people to blame. “You get mad at everything, you get mad at the way you played first. Alright, you get mad at your execution. Certainly, you probably get mad at yourself more than anything cause the bottom line is as a football coach, especially when you’re the head football coach, you’re responsible for all of it. So like I said, if you’ve got to blame anybody, naturally, blame Coach Hopson. He’s the guy to blame, and we’ve just got to be better every week, you know?”
The Golden Eagles will look to right the ship on the road Saturday versus Appalachian State. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m.