Southern Miss football drops 40T heartbreaker to Liberty
The sign of a good football program is being able to overcome adversity and Southern Miss certainly had its fair share to overcome on Saturday, losing starting quarterback Ty Keyes after a targeting penalty, and committing five turnovers, including two fumbles, inside Liberty’s five-yard line.
Frank Gore Jr. put the team on his back following the injury, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, out of USM’s superback formation.
The Golden Eagles were leading by a touchdown with less than two minutes to go, but four overtimes later, USM coming out on the wrong end of a 29-27 heartbreaker after failing to match Liberty’s two-point conversion in the north endzone.
More than 24,000 on hand to witness the week one instant classic, but according to second-year Head Coach Will Hall, that’s not enough. “Hey, man. I know I’ve got to coach better. And I know there’s a lot of fans out there that didn’t come out there because they think I can’t coach, and that’s fine. Alright. But it would be nice if we would come here and support these kids and get this Rock back going. I thought our overall crowd number tonight was embarrassing. Hey, and I was embarrassing. I’m sure the people that didn’t come was embarrassed to have me coach tonight. That’s fine. You know what I mean? But we’ve got to get in this together. That’s the thing about Southern Miss is when we’re all pulling together, we can do it.”
Next up for USM is a road game at 16th ranked Miami, where Frank Gore Sr. went to college, at 11 a.m. on Saturday.