As a senior coming out of Oxford High School, Southern Miss Quarterback Jack Abraham originally signed his national letter of intent with Louisiana Tech.
On Saturday, the now USM signal caller made his first trip back to Ruston, wearing black and gold.
But it wasn’t a happy homecoming for Abraham and his Golden Eagles, who lost their first Conference USA tilt of the season, by way of a 45-30 defeat.
It didn’t have to be that way for Southern Miss, who led the Bulldogs 27-17 late in the second quarter.
The Eagles were then outscored 28-3 the rest of the way and fourth year Head Coach Jay Hopson is still running through the shoulda, coulda, woulda scenarios after his team’s Tuesday practice. “It sounds crazy but we had a chance in the second quarter with about two or three possessions there with the last five minutes of the second quarter to really almost run away with it. But instead we kind of just kept them in and we didn’t really convert plays in the red zone a couple series and then we gave them a big 97-yard drive or whatever it was right before half and instead of going up by three scores, now it’s a three-point ball game.”
Next up for USM is another road game against Rice at noon Saturday.