The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-9) fell once again Saturday, this time to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-5). The Golden Eagles struggled to capitalize and execute against the Bulldogs through four quarters. The Eagles were only able to score 13 points, while allowing the Bulldogs to score 36 points. Southern Miss’ nation leading losing streak was extended with a 36-13 loss.
The Golden Eagles were able to hold the Bulldogs early but Louisiana Tech’s punter pinned the Eagles in the shadows of their own goal posts. The Eagles drive resulted in a safety, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. On the next drive, the Bulldogs scored again making the score 9-0. Southern Miss’ struggling kicker Corey Acosta was able to make a field goal in the second quarter. As the half came to an end, the Golden Eagles showed a sense of urgency and the ability to move the ball down the field, as the offense drove down the field to get into field goal range before the end of the half. The Golden Eagles went into the half down by only 10.
Following half time, the Bulldogs began to impose their will on Southern Miss dominating in all aspects of the game. Louisiana Tech would score 20 unanswered points in the second half before Nick Mullens would eventually connect with Kyle Sloter for the team’s first offensive touchdown of the game in the final minute.
The Golden Eagles did not have its worst day on the offensive side. The offense was able to gain 20 first downs and nearly have 300 passing yards. Once again the bad outweighed the good, quarterback Mullens threw a three interceptions. Slot receiver Tyre’Oune Holmes joined the party by throwing an interception of his own. The offense failed to establish a rushing game, only gaining 59 yards on the ground.
The Golden Eagles defense allowed the Bulldogs to gain 469 total yards. The pass defense was not the problem this week as they only allowed 158 passing yards. Louisiana Tech did a lot of their hurting on the ground, as they were able to gain 311 yards. The defense was not able to force turnovers like they have done in past weeks.
Quarterback Mullens completed 25 out of 51 passes, threw for 298 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Mullens’ leading receiver was Tyre Bracken with seven receptions for 81 yards. The Eagles’ leading rusher was George Payne with 26 yards on seven carries. The leading tacklers on the defensive side, Kelsey Douglas and Terrick Wright with 11 total tackles.
The Eagles losing continues due to the inability to play their game. In each of the nine games this season, Southern Miss has failed to score first or win the in the turnover margin. Lack of a running game to set up the pass has beaten the Eagles in all nine games. Teams have managed to beat the Eagles with four down linemen all season long. Southern Miss has not won a game in almost two years and still the fan base continue to stand behind the program with hopes of ending the streak of shame.