Zach Wilcke and Chandler Pittman connect for “magical” Southern Miss victory over Texas State

Photo by Charlie Luttrell, SM2 

SAN MARCOS, TX – Late game heroics by freshman quarterback Zach Wilcke and Chandler Pittman lifted Southern Miss past Texas State 20-14, handing the Bobcats their first home loss of the season. Wilcke connected with Pittman on fourth down on a go-ahead 53-yard touchdown pass with just 32 seconds left in regulation.

“Like I said last week, it’s going to be ugly for a little while right now, but we are winning, and we are winning on the field and off the field,” Head Coach Will Hall said in his postgame interview with the Voice of the Golden Eagles John Cox.

Southern Miss had been leading the entire game until the final two minutes when starting Texas State quarterback Layne Hatcher found Ashtyn Hawkins for a 74-yard touchdown. The Golden Eagles got the ball back on their 31-yard line and needed points to win the game. Wilcke and Pittman delivered.

“I’ve been telling you, man. We are building a lot of magic here. Magic is built through hard work and doing things right all the time,” Hall said.

It indeed was “magical.” The offense was stagnant all night and seemed to find the right time to break through and score the winning touchdown. Southern Miss had just 51 yards up to that point in the third quarter, desperately needing offense to try and win the game. And when they needed it the most, the offense found a way to get it done.

Southern Miss started the game with steady drives on offense. They had a nice drive into plus territory in the first quarter, which yielded a Briggs Bourgeois 33-yard field goal to open up the scoring as USM led 3-0.

But Southern Miss was again led by a defense that held Texas State to a

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