Southern Miss Beats Troy in OT, 30-27
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Southern Mississippi blocked a 28-yard field-goal attempt in overtime by Troy to give the Golden Eagles a 30-27 victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night in the Superdome.
Southern Miss got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 39-yard field goal by senior Britt Barefoot.
The Trojans took possession at the 25-yard line and after picking up one first down were forced to attempt a 28-yard field goal by junior Sam Glusman.
There was tremendous penetration on the kick and junior Michael McGee blocked it.
Southern Miss, which won the New Orleans Bowl for the third time, finished 7-6 in the first year under Coach Larry Fedora. The Golden Eagles ended the season a five-game winning streak after losing five in a row in the middle of the season. Troy finished the season 8-5.
"I can't be more proud of the seniors we have on this team," Fedora said. "I just can't say how proud I am of this whole football team. They were probably the only ones out there who believed we could get it done. ... They've become a heck of a football team."
Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was named the game's MVP. He finished regulation 20 of 34 for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Mississippi staged a furious fourth-quarter rally against Troy in the R+L Carriers Bowl to tie the score at 27 and force overtime Sunday night at the Superdome.
Southern Miss tied the score at 27 on a 46-yard field goal by Britt Barefoot with 2:50 left, the second longest field goal in New Orleans Bowl history. The Golden Eagles appeared to have stopped the Trojans when Southern Miss was called for a personal foul for a late hit on third-and-9 with 1:45 left. Troy drove to the 47-yard line but time ran out after quarterback Levin Brown was sacked on fourth-and-4.
Troy scored twice within the final five minutes of the third quarter to open up the lead. The Trojans got a 38-yard punt return to set up the touchdown in the quarter, with the score coming on Jerrel Jernigan's 6-yard run from a direct snap.
After Southern Miss scored to tie the score at 14, Troy drove to the Southern Miss 3 before a drive stalled later in the quarter. The Trojans went 56 yards in 13 plays in 5:07 but settled for a 20-yard field goal by Sam Glusman for a 17-14 advantage.
Southern Miss was denied a long gain on a wide receiver to wide receiver flea-flicker down to the Troy 4 when offensive pass interference was called. Still, the Golden Eagles had the ball at the Troy 21-yard line with nine seconds left in the half. A pass failed and Southern Miss kicker Britt Barefoot kicked a 38-yard field goal on the final play of the half for the 17-17 tie.
Troy's Jorrick Calvin set the early tone with a 17-yard recovery of an errant pitch by Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis to score the quickest touchdown in New Orleans Bowl history and give the Trojans a lead they would not lose in the quarter.
Southern Mississippi would tie the score at 7 before losing freshman All-American wide receiver DeAndre Brown to a serious leg injury. Golden Eagles officials said he broke a bone in his lower left leg.
Troy got the lead with a 4-yard Levi Brown touchdown pass with 2:58 left in the quarter for the touchdown lead after one period.