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Southern Miss fights to end, but falls to Coastal Carolina 26-23

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CONWAY, SC – Southern Miss will have to wait yet another week to reach bowl eligibility after a 26-23 defeat to Coastal Carolina. In a game where the Golden Eagles were heavy underdogs, it took everything from the Chanticleers to put them away.

“I’m really proud of our kids. I was hired 23 months ago, we inherited a program with 27 kids ineligible, 62 players on scholarship, and 1 scholarship quarterback. 23 months later we are 5-5, and we just took the daddies of this league to wire, and we are hurting because we couldn’t win it,” Head coach Will Hall said in his postgame radio interview.

The Golden found themselves down 17-0 early in the game but battled back behind the performance of quarterback Trey Lowe III. Lowe went for 19-36 and 295 yards and one touchdown, which is his career high in passing yards.

“[I’m] just really proud of him. I’m proud of the human being he is. I hope my two boys grow up to be like him. Nobody has had it harder than him, from his transfers to his coaching changes, [and a] broken foot. From last year, and having to come back from that, and to everything that has gone down this year, I love him and I have high respect for him, and he played well tonight,” Hall said.

Coastal Carolina entered the game 8-1 on the season with their one loss being a fluke to Old Dominion. They were heavy favorites and early on, it looked as if they were going to cruise to victory.

Coastal Carolina took the opening drive 75 yards in just four plays. Backup Coastal quarterback Jarrett Guest found Braydon Bennett for a 41-yard gain and on the next play, Aaron Bedgood rushed right

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