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Southern Miss Excited about 2016

From out of nowhere, weeks after the Heart of Dallas Bowl game versus Washington, then-USM Head Coach Todd Monken announced he would be taking over as Offensive Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It sent power waves of shock and disappointment throughout the Southern Miss faithful and especially the football players and coaches. Yours truly was also outraged at the timing of Monken’s decision. So much so that my personal tweets on Twitter lost me my position at the radio station that I was doing a sports show at. (It ended up working out as another station hired me to do play-by-play for high school sports.) The timing was horrible as a lot of the coaches that were available had been snatched up.

The Eagle family, in general, according to Twitter, wanted then-USM Defensive Coordinator David Duggan to be the next Southern Miss Head Coach. But Athletic Director Bill McGillis told everyone that he would find the best fit for Southern Miss and a coach that would get on the progression that had been re-started. Enter Eagle Head Coach Jay Hopson, a Vicksburg, MS native and a very well known member in the Mississippi High Community of Coaches and Players. (I am from Natchez which is also on the Mississippi River). Hopson was way too familiar with the Golden Eagle family since he was the Defensive Backs Coach under former Head Coach Jeff Bower. There are still people in place in the Athletic Department who were there when Hopson coached before at Southern Miss. Hopson is also one heck of a recruiter, which is definitely an ace up his sleeve. Still learning the game of football at age 47, Hopson is in just his second head coaching stint after leaving Alcorn State where he was the first white head coach ever hired by the SWAC. While at ASU, Hopson won the SWAC title in 2014 and 2015.

Hopson played College ball at one of USM’s sister schools (Ole Miss) and then did his undergrad at Tulane. From there Hopson coached at LSU, Memphis, Southern Miss, Florida, Marshall and Michigan. Hopson will bring a lot to the table for USM which has tons of talent returning for the 2016 season. C-USA member USM finished 2015 with a 9-5 record, losing to WKU in the C-USA Championship Game and then Washington in the bowl game.

Hopson talks about Practice.
Hopson talks about Practice.

Senior QB Nick Mullens returns for the Eagles having thrown for 4476 yards and 38 TD’s with an average of 319 yards passing per game. Incredible for just last year. Mullens only threw 12 interceptions out of 521 attempts with a 63.5 completion ratio. “Nick has so much savvy, so much high football IQ, such a fun player to watch as a Senior Quarterback” said Hopson. The first year head coach is glad to have a Senior QB. Expectations for Mullens are to just keep doing what he has been doing and to keep leading the team.

Junior running back Ito Smith will also return for his third year, playing in the backfield along with the return of Junior running back George Payne. Smith rushed for 1156 yards on 171 carries with 10 TD’s. “It is (a luxury), when you have a returner like Ito (Smith) coming back. Then you have Payne coming back off an injury. You also have Tez Parks coming back off an injury. Both of those guys have played in the past. Then you have a guy like Pat Brooks who was redshirted last year. I personally watched him every day on the scout team so I know the potential that he has. I feel pretty good about the group of guys we have going into this season,” said Hopson.

The Eagles have had a few scrimmages and most have been good for Hopson. “The intensity is there but you know its spring. I think the D has started a little slow and the O started a little high but you know its spring,” Hopson said. Defensively the Eagles will need some help at linebacker. “We have had some guys that have had a good spring, Elijah (Parker) and C.J. (Perry) are starting. Jeremy (Sangster) and (Sherrod) Ruff have really done some good things this spring. We’ve been really pleased with those two guys.”

Overall, Hopson is pleased about how things are going in spring practice. “I believe we have a few. The best thing is leadership by example. That’s what probably speaks louder than anything. I think we have good overall team chemistry and leadership. At the end of the day, I’ve been pleased with our guys, we work hard. We’ve got some natural leaders out here,” Said Hopson.

The 2016 schedule has two SEC teams that feature the Kentucky Wildcats and the LSU Tigers. The Kentucky game will be played in Lexington on the first weekend of college football and look for that game to maybe make the Thursday night special as both teams are expected to have good seasons. The LSU game will be October 15 and for LSU, its right before its nemesis  Ole Miss. Southern Miss won 20-18 in its last meeting in Baton Rouge over LSU in 1994. USM also has a favorable home schedule with Troy, Marshall, Rice and Louisiana Tech visiting the Rock.

Hats off to the USM baseball team as it beat #8 Ole Miss 5-1 in Oxford on Wednesday night to help Southern Miss to a 26-8 record and 11-1 in C-USA. Southern Miss can possibly host a regional if they can take the C-USA title but games with Rice and FAU, who are both ranked in the top 25, are still to be played. Southern Miss is currently ranked as high as 18 in one poll and 28 in another. The Rice game is a possibility for TV and will be played on EagleFest Weekend April 22-24. The spring game will be played at Noon on Saturday the 23. Be sure to catch my article in two weeks on the Southern Miss spring game and Baseball updates. SMTTT!

Southern Miss is Looking to Go Bowling!

With the first snap of the fourth quarter, shoulder pads popping and Eagle Fans cheering, those sounds were not the only sounds to be heard. Off to the distance Tornado sirens went off around the Hattiesburg area and also around the stadium at “The Rock”.

Fans were evacuated and were sent to below the stadium and some went running for their vehicles or other buildings surrounding the stadium. Pure panic was in the air as rain was swirling sideways and the sky was black.

“We just ran and got in the bathrooms” said one Eagle Fan. Another said she was scared to death as it was reminding her of the tornado that had hit the USM campus just a few years back.

William King of Bassfield said that he as been to many USM football games including the Louisville game where the players were sliding on the field to get first downs, but had not experienced anything like what he experienced on this day.

Luckily when the tornado of 2012 that took out the entrance to campus and destroyed several buildings, Everyone was gone for Mardi Gras. The Campus was Vacant.

Not the case of this past Saturday with a sparse crowd watching the game because of weather, but still there was plenty of activity on campus. The tornado that was in the area never got to the ground and there was no damage reported other than a few trees and limbs from the wind.

Now back to the game, as both UTEP and Southern Miss resumed play, UTEP would take the ball right down the field and get score a TD to close the gap to 27-13. Southern Miss would then use a fake field go to put the Miners away 34-13, and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 with a record of 6-3.

“I am happy for the seniors to be able to get the sixth win and put us in position to go back to a bowl game, which is the standard here at Southern Miss,” USM coach Todd Monken said. “It should be the standard here.”

Coach Monken is correct as the program is now getting back to way things were in the years before 2012. Southern Miss prior to 2012 had 18 Consecutive Winning seasons in which only a few schools in D-1 Football could say the same. Certainly not the SEC schools that reside in Mississippi.

Junior Quarterback Nick Mullens, who has thrown for at least 275 yards in each of Southern Miss’ nine games this season, completed 23 of 33 passes for 277 yards, moving past Jeff Kelly for fourth place on the school’s career passing list with 7,136 yards. Mullens also moved past Lee Roberts into second place on the Golden Eagles single-season list with 25 touchdown passes including four against the Miners.

Southern Miss is on a bye week before traveling to Rice next Saturday. Now that the Eagles are bowl elgible, their plan is to take it one game at a time.

“The bye week couldn’t come at a better time, we have had kids grinding it out for nine weeks and that doesn’t include two-a-days. We need to gets some guys healthy and get ready for Rice.” said Monken.

Conference USA has secured guaranteed commitments with seven bowl partners for the 2015 season, as well as one secondary agreement:

The Nova Home Loans Arizona, Gildan New Mexico, Miami Beach, Popeyes Bahamas, R+L Carriers New Orleans, St. Petersburg and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowls are primary agreements. The Camping World Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., is a secondary agreement, should the ACC or SEC not be able to provide a bowl-eligible team. There is no set selection order among C-USA’s bowl partners.

Southern Miss could possibly be playing La.Tech for the C-USA West Title, and may see a rematch with Marshall or Western Kentucky. Marshall beat USM 31-10 earlier in the season. The La.Tech game is scheduled for a 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 28th.

USM has a trip to Rice, and then will Host Old Dominion for Senior Day on Saturday November 21st.

All Eagle fans are encouraged to make the drive to Ruston, to witness USM football again play for a Conference Championship. Question—Can you see 9-3 in the Horizon? #SMTTT

Southern Miss looks to become Bowl Eligible!

Don’t adjust your TV sets this Saturday when you watch Southern Miss and UTEP kickoff because the Miners will be in all orange and the Golden Eagles will be in all black for Halloween. Special permission was granted to UTEP to wear the orange for the “Spirit of Halloween” on October 31st by C-USA.

Southern Miss enters the UTEP(3-4) game with a 5-3 record after defeating Charlotte last weekend 44-10 on the road. UTEP got their third win of the season over Florida Atlantic 27-17.

Senior Running Back Jalen Richard was named C-USA Special Teams player of the week. Richard’s performance included a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, his first career kick return touchdown. He ended his day with a game-high 222 all-purpose yards, including 114 on the ground, nine in receiving, 95 on kickoffs and four on punt returns.

This says a lot on just how much the program is getting better under third year Head Coach Todd Monken as this is the fourth time this season that a player from USM has gotten player of the week. In 2011, that team was able to get eight players C-USA player of the week.

“After our first year when we beat UAB, the positive was we ended on a win. The negative was we didn’t get to play the next week. We didn’t get to keep it going with singing the fight song in the locker room. Last year, we beat North Texas on the road and it was probably the most confident that we have been but then we lose Nick (Mullens) and lost at home to Louisiana Tech. After that we stumbled a little bit the same way that UTEP stumbled a little bit then you just have to figure out what you need to do to get back going. How do you get your team playing confident? We are at the point now that our guys believe that we have a good football team and if we do the right things during the week and how our approach leads up to Saturday,” said Monken.

Last season USM didn’t play well at all, actually played with no emotion and it showed falling to UTEP 35-14. Losing to UTEP doesn’t sit well with most USM fans and hopefully this Saturday the Eagles will gladly repay them from last year.

“We are going to have to be ready to go. We owe them one because we didn’t play our best game last year offensively down there last year. So we will have to be ready and fight like heck to get a victory,” Monken replied.

One thing for sure is that USM will have Junior Quarterback Nick Mullens at the helm as Mullens was injured this time last season. Mullens threw for four TD’s and over 250 yards in passing in the game at Charlotte.

The Miners lost to UTSA a few weeks ago but appear to be getting better in the seconday.

“UTEP lost at home to UTSA a couple of weeks ago but this isn’t that same team. I know they have one of their safeties back who is a good player and they have their quarterback back. If you’re good at quarterback then you have a chance to win every week. I’m not saying that their other players didn’t give them a shot to win but it’s not the same. Our team understands that. All you have to do is look at this week’s game and look at when Mack (Leftwich) played earlier in the year. It’s a good offense and a defense that has given us fits last year so we have a lot to improve on,” said Monken

With it also being “Blackout Night” at “The Rock”, Southern Miss used to play former C-USA member Memphis on this night. USM would usually pound Memphis and it was always a fun night. Now enters UTEP, Will the Eagles start a new tradition with the Miners.

Only Saturday at the 12:30 p.m. (MT) kick-off will tell on FCS. Eagles win by two Touchdowns but in a closer match than most expect and getting to 6-3 is going to be “Oh So Nice.” #SMTTT

Southern Miss looking for a Win

After a truly disappointing loss to Marshall 31-10 this past Saturday, (and truly is an understatement) USM (3-3) will still try to accomplish getting to four wins against a very good UTSA team that comes in at 1-5 for Homecoming.

Don’t let UTSA’s record fool you as the Roadrunners have played a handful of power five conference teams as well as La. Tech from C-USA.

“They (UTSA) played an awfully good opening schedule with Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Arizona, Colorado State who was a bowl team last year then finally Louisiana Tech who was picked by most people to win our division. There are a lot of teams in our league that would be 1-5 in those six games. We have our work cut out for us they have done a great job plus they are in the infant stages,” said third year Head Coach Todd Monken.

More importantly is getting the taste of the Marshall game put away as the Golden Eagles were their own worst enemy. Turnovers and miscues usually means that a win is not probable and on the road is most definitely disastrous. Still, Quarterback Nick Mullens threw for 314 yards on 29-of-58 passing, marking the fourth-straight game he has thrown for over 300 yards and ninth time in his career. Despite giving up 31 points, the Golden Eagle defense limited the Herd to 277 total yards as the Golden Eagles registered 439 total yards.

The Southern Miss defense has played decently in the past few games and is getting better. “ I think we are getting better and healthier. That’s part of it. We have a lot of new guys. If you look around a lot of the guys are in their first year and they are starting to play better together. That’s probably the biggest thing. They have always played hard. Two weeks ago, everyone looks and says ‘It’s going to be a high scoring game’ now it’s ‘They are playing good defense so look for a low scoring game.’ It’s just a week-to-week thing. We have good coaches and players we just have to find ways to score points and stop them,” added Monken.

Southern Miss was beaten by UTSA 12-10 last season on the road and in that game was very few fireworks. USM was 3-7 and UTSA was coming in strong at 2-8. And this season is not much difference as far as the records indicate. The Eagles are playing much better so far this season and hope to continue in the second half of the season with six games to go.

“They have a great tight end that is a big guy, who can also run good routes. We will have to shut him down. They also have a solid offensive line. We will have to bring it with effort and communicate all around,” said Junior LB Elijah Carter.

Running Back Sophomore Ito Smith who is a fun player to watch and when Smith gets the ball there’s no telling where he will pop out when he hits the line standing a mere 5’9. But look for Smith to catch more passes out of the backfield this weekend. “The coaches have wanted me to be more efficient in the passing game. That helps if I could improve in the passing game so defenses won’t just see me in and automatically know it’s a running play. So now it could be either a run or a pass. Now that I can be out there on pass plays, I can catch the ball and have some open space.”

For this game on Saturday, Southern Miss gets a chance again to get that fourth win and do something the program has not accomplished since 2011. It also means the Golden Eagles are just two wins away from being bowl eligible. A 8-4 record is still not out of the picture, and most Eagle fans would take 7-5. UTSA has good coaches with some good players but lost a lot of players due to graduation. Look for a Homecoming win and Southern Miss to improve to 4-3. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CST and will be carried on the American Sports Network.

Eagles are Landing in Nebraska

On Saturday, Southern Miss (2-1) will be landing and ready to play Nebraska (1-2) in an early 11:00am Kickoff in Lincoln. The Eagles have not had the best of outcomes the past few times USM played the “Big Red,” losing 56-13 in 2013 and 49-20 in 2012. The two teams have played five times total with Southern Miss winning 21-17 in 2004 but losing in 2003 in Hattiesburg, MS in 1999. CornHusker fans will tell you about beating USM, but they also remember the year they were upset and don’t want to see a repeat this Saturday. But Nebraska losing in Overtime to Miami last weekend, and then getting beat at Home by BYU is not looking so sharp and is perfect pray for the Golden Eagles.

If you were watching USM last week on TV, you saw a lot of different things happen in that game versus Texas State. The Eagles cruised on their first three possesions to take a 21-3 lead in the first quarter, only to surrender the lead in the second quarter and go down 25-21 at Halftime largely due to Bobcat QB Tyler Jones. Jones would have a career night against the Golden Eagle Defense, rushing for 160 yards and passing for 310. Not Much Defense there and USM will have to get better when facing Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr., who has the likes of Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott. Southern Miss would beat Texas State 56-50 on a “Edge of your seat” ballgame. The Bobcats never quit and wanted to win just as much as Southern Miss and both teams played hard. Eagles Senior RB Jalen Richard ended up with 230 yards rushing and four TD’s on 27 attempts, while Junior USM QB Nick Mullens passed for 333 yards and four TD’s.
Reporters that cover Nebraska all say that USM is better than the previous times the Eagles have played them, but also say that the Cornhuskers will have their way with the “Nasty Bunch” and will win going away. The reporters also comment on How USM is a subpar team and really not in the same league as Nebraska. Predictions by the writers for most don’t have USM scoring over 17 points to Nebraska’s 54. Vegas has USM as a more than 20 plus underdog. Just hope that maybe this time Southern Miss can gain back the respect and beat Nebraska. Trap game for Nebraska, and Upset Alert on ESPN’s game day will be noted. Against a Cornhusker Defense that has been gouged all three games giving up 310 yards through the air, Eagles and Mullen’s will have no problem scoring.

“It will be a great challenge for us and they (Nebraska) are physical up front and they are physical on the perimeters so we have our work cut out for us this week but we are excited. We went up there a couple of years ago and didn’t put our best foot forward, but we are significantly better now than we were then,” said Southern Miss Head Coach Todd Monken. Coach Monken was expected to be 3-0 heading to Lincoln, but USM is sitting with a 2-1 record after losing to Mississippi State 34-16 in the opener.

If you know Eagle football, traditionally Southern Miss usually cramps a team’s style with a win and don’t be shocked if the Eagles do just that to Nebraska. Watching the Highlights from Miami, Nebraska scored late in the fourth to send the game to OT, but had to overcome three picks by Armstrong from the first half of play. Armstrong will most likely repeat that against a very tested Eagle secondary. The difference in the game may come down to the front four of the “Nasty Bunch” as they will be tested again with a running QB. Armstrong likes to use his legs and mobility and is not scared to run with the ball.

Going to Nebraska in 2012 with the hopes of an Upset then, Nebraska played a defunked team under the leadership of Former and unwelcome Head Coach Ellis Johnson. Johnson told the team after the game that they had no chance of beating Nebraska. What Coach tells a team that they have no chance to win? Now under Monken, who believes in his staff and the team that USM has put together will challenge Nebraska and most definitely has a huge chance to win. I will give a hats off to the faithful of Nebraska as being great hosts and love the “Big Red.” Throughout history, USM does not play well in early ball games and are 1-4 versus Nebraska. Let’s see if Southern Miss can change both outcomes this Saturday as the game is televised on ESPNNews. As always, Southern Miss= “To The Top.”

Southern Miss Flies High With Win, Not in Attendance

Southern Miss (CUSA-West 1-1) got just their fifth win in 38 tries this past Saturday 52-6 over Austin Peay. But it was a win and winning is contagious and that’s what the Golden Eagles need when they take on Texas State (Sunbelt 1-1) in San Marcos. Third Year Head Coach Todd Monken was pleased with the way USM played but was not pleased with the small crowd attending’s Saturday afternoons contest. Monken raged on the fact that he didn’t come here to Southern Miss to play in front of around 23,000 in attendance after the weeks before Sellout of over 36,000. “The team has worked hard for three years to get to this point, When we come back to play North Texas, they (football team) want to see the stands full.” Monken went on to say that He has bought into “The Rock and To The Top” but questions if the fans are also dedicated to getting the program to the top.

That’s a great point and it’s great to see Coach Monken calling out the fan base as they get called out all the time by other fans from other schools. USM is referred to as Hattiesburg High as it seems that some High Schools may have more in attendance than a USM Football game. Even in 2011 when USM went 12-2 on the campaign the stadium was never full. So why isn’t there support from USM Graduates and other College football fans? Some may say that USM has more females than males and they don’t come back to the games either because of marriage or other. Some may say it’s because Southern Miss has a lot of students from Louisiana and are LSU fans when they came to USM. Others may say it’s because the Golden Eagles don’t play in a real Conference like the SEC. Other opinions include that such as hunting or the face USM is so close to New Orleans and the Beach/Casinos. Whatever the real issue is, the answer is pathetic and Southern Miss has so many wishy washy band wagon Fans just to be truthful.

So Monken had every right to call out the fan base for USM. So what are some solutions you might ask? One is to schedule as many home games that have fans that travel. Like that of Mississippi State and maybe some more regional teams such as Louisiana Lafayette (who should be in CUSA), Louisiana Monroe, Tulane, Troy, Jackson State, Alcorn State, and South Alabama. Some of these may not bring a lot of fans but they would bring more than the likes of UTEP or Marshall. Brent Jones and the Marketing Department do a pretty good job in getting the USM name out but more advertising is definitely needed and better branding of USM. There are several businesses around Hattiesburg and along the Gulf Coast that will display other flags but will not have a USM flag in the show. It’s discouraging to visit restaurants locally and there is nothing of USM to be seen.

For Southern Miss to maybe get some more fans in the stands will be to win against Texas State on Saturday and then go shock Nebraska the following week. USM has won before in Big Red country and the Cornhusker fans remember vividly winning 21-17 in 2004. If the Black and Gold can win these two games, Attendance will more than likely be way up for the October contest North Texas. A winning record seems to be the cure and winning will get USM back “To The Top”. USM had over 500 yards of total offense against Austin Peay and was also very successful against Mississippi State as Junior QB Nick Mullens threw for 311 respectively against the Bulldogs.

Texas State’s Defensive Coordinator is a familiar name in John Thompson who was very successful at USM in the same role. Thompson has coached in the SEC and was a Head Coach at East Carolina. Coach Thompson will be very aggressive against the USM offense but the ability to adjust is the key for the Golden Eagles. Texas State enters Saturday’s game at 1-1 but holds a 1-0 record over USM beating the Eagles in 2013. Look for a high scoring game as the Bobcats have a talented QB who can run and throw. Southern Miss must take care of the football and be very smart in throwing downfield against a team that should have gone to a bowl game last season with a 7-5 record and will be hungry to beat USM again. USM wins 38-33.

Eagles impressive in Loss to Mississippi State!

Southern Miss(C-USA-West) will take Saturday’s night 34-16 loss to Mississippi State (SEC-West) as a Big Step in the right direction. If a team on Saturday put their first foot forward in the 2015 season, USM gets the nudge. Straight out of Southern Miss playbook was a few sandbox plays that all were a success including an on side’s kick. Most MSU fans thought this game would be a slaughter and had not given to much Credit to Southern Miss or even to the University as a whole. Saturday night Southern Miss gave now 25th ranked Ms. State all they could handle and all they wanted. It was obvious in the second half that MSU opened up their playbook to keep the offense of Southern Miss off the field and the ball in State QB Dak Presscott. Turning point of the game was likely the Goal Line Stand that kept USM out of the endzone.

“Hats off to Todd (Monken) and his staff and you can see what they are trying to do here. Great crowd and environment tonight and I think it is great to play in this in state rivalry. If the people stayed up to watch, I think they got to see a pretty good ballgame.” Said Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen after the win. “The Goal line stand was a huge lift for our Defense and a turning point in the game.” USM Head Coach Monken said “I don’t know if it turned then because it was still 14-10 at halftime. Does it sting? Sure it does. I knew I was going to be aggressive tonight. We weren’t going to hold any bullets back. It is disappointing. I don’t regret it. We are going to look back at it as a staff. It is part of what we do. That is what we get paid to do, make those calls. We didn’t get in. We have to go back and figure out how to do it better. We get down to the one inch line, we are not kicking it. We are going to figure out a way to get it in.”

Junior QB Nick Mullens had just completed one of his 30 passes on a WR throwback to QB play to get the Eagles down to the three yard line and first and goal. USM opted to go four straight times and the heart of the Bulldog defense and couldn’t budge the bullies back. MSU dug in on fourth and goal with everyone thinking that the Eagles may do something different but in the end it was a dive play and stuffed again was USM. How in the world do you not score from first and goal. State was so clogged in the middle with 9 guys in the box that anything outside would have gotten a score. The 100 yard Kick-off return for a TD and a blocked punt (really the kicker just punted it straight into the defender) that gave MSU their first 14 points but certainly you have to score.

Mullens finished the game with an eye opening 311 yards and one TD against the MSU secondary. Mullens did play a little too conservative in some spots and has got to learn to get out of the pocket quicker. But for the most part the QB played a very solid ballgame. “He made some really good throws under duress and we will have to work more on third down plays.” Said Monken. Fans were also pleased for the most part with Mullins but did wonder where TCU transfer Tyler Matthews was hanging out and not playing. Simply put that Mullens did not do anything to lose his role as a starter.

Overall Southern Miss is vastly improved from the past three seasons and will most definitely win some games and possibly make a run at the C-USA West Title. The Eagles played awfully hard from the opening kickoff the the end of the fourth quarter. Hats off to everyone that works for Southern Miss because the campus was Amazing and it was the place to be for a College Football game. The series is over with MSU but there is no Doubt that if you were at the game this past Saturday you saw one great game no matter who you were pulling for to win. It was great for the State of Mississippi and great for both Universites. There is no since for Ole Miss and Mississippi State to go out of State to play other Non-Conference teams when you have Southern Miss in your backyard. It was really good to see USM’s campus with some visitors other than former students at a Football game. A record crowd of over 36,000 witnessed a game that had everything from a Kickoff Return, blocked punt, trick plays, on sides kicks, fumbles and goal line stands.

Next up for Southern Miss is Austin Peay in Hattiesburg. Kickoff is set for 2:30 Saturday at” The Rock”.