Southern Miss football going bowling for first time since 2019
For the first time since 2019, Southern Miss is going bowling on the back of its 20-10 road win at Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
The key sequence coming in the fourth quarter, starting with a Brendan Toles blocked punt followed by a 33-yard touchdown run on the very next play, courtesy of Frank Gore Jr., who went off for a career-high 199 yards on 24 carries.
Despite a quarterback carousel, a demanding schedule, red zone issues, and less than ideal weather conditions, the Golden Eagles finish their first season in the Sun Belt with an overall record of 6-6, making year two of the Will Hall era one to remember. Coach Hall said, “I think there’s been a lot of turnarounds in this program. This program has fallen a few times. We’ve had to build it back, and very few times I think if you’ll look through in the history of rebuilding this program, has a team gotten to a bowl game in Year 2, so that’s a huge step for this staff and these kids.”
Running back Frank Gore Jr. said, “Going into the game I knew how much I needed it, and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me because I knew this was history and I knew we had a bunch of great running backs to get through this program, so I wanted to put my name in that conversation as well. Let’s get this bowl game. Let’s not just go to the bowl and just lose and just be there, let’s get this bowl game and get a ring.”
Nine Sun Belt teams are eligible this season, the most in the league since 2013.