Southern Miss ends three game losing streak to North Texas


Southern Miss Head Football Coach Jay Hopson has done a lot during his three plus years back in Hattiesburg, but prior to Saturday he had never beaten North Texas.

That all changed in USM’s second conference game of the season as the Golden Eagles ended their three game losing streak to the Mean Green by way of a 45-27 triumph at the Rock.

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After trailing briefly in the second quarter, the Black and Gold ripped off 24 unanswered points and never looked back.

Conference USA Player of the Week Jack Abraham led the way with 421 yards and three touchdowns, good for the sixth biggest passing output in school history, on a day that Southern Miss pulled off its biggest win of the season. Abraham said, “Hadn’t beaten North Texas in three years and I didn’t get to beat them last year when I was here and definitely had a sour taste in our mouth. But putting up points like that, I really thought it was a complete game, too. Defense really came out and played well and got a few turnovers for us, and all in all I think it was a big statement.”

Head Coach Jay Hopson said, “I think our football team understands we have a potential. We really do. And I’ve said from the get-go, I really like this football team. We’ve got good kids, they’re working hard. And we’ve just got to continue to get better every week. This is game six, we’re only halfway through. And that’s coach talk, but guess what, that’s my life for 30 years. So we’ve got to get better, we know that next week. And again, we’re a long way from home.”

Another big Conference USA West division game coming up this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to Ruston to take on Louisiana Tech at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at