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Southern Miss rings the bell in 27-24 win against Tulane

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southern Miss has taken a ride down a bumpy road the past few years, but the feeling after the Golden Eagles beat Tulane on the road 27-24 Saturday was one of relief and clarity.

“The road has no pavement on it, it was gravel, and there were a lot of holes with some trees knocked down in it. It’s been a really, really tough road, but it is starting to get clear and it’s starting to get better,” Head Coach Will Hall said. “We’re a much more talented team, we’ve got a young quarterback who’s got a chance to be a really good player, so the road is starting to get where we can drive a little bit faster on and that’s on me. We’ve got to continue to coach and get better at the things we’re not great at yet.”

USM Head Coach Will Hall pumps his fist in the fourth quarter. (Charlie Luttrell)

Southern Miss entered as double-digit underdogs but pulled off the program’s first win against Tulane since 2010 after losing two straight in the series. Hall has reiterated each week that the program is growing, and for the players who have endured and trusted in the journey, it was all the sweeter of a moment.

“Being in the moment right there was just tears of joy because we’ve worked so hard,” defensive back Natrone Brooks said. “Last week, we got to win, but everybody expected it and everyone counted us out this week. But we always knew we were cable of getting that win versus a rival.”

“I feel like that game was strictly about Southern Miss,” defensive back Eric Scott, Jr said. “We had to get back to our roots, our DNA and that’s what this game was about. It was us

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