In the last stand for more than a dozen Southern Miss seniors, the UAB Blazers came into Hattiesburg and ran away with a 45-24 victory spoiling a special day for several Black and Gold leaders.
"Time goes on. I mean, hey, I don't regret anything since I've been here," said senior defensive back Emmanuel Johnson.
"I've been a Golden Eagle since 2011, when we won the [Conference USA] championship and I told the team before we played, yeah, I've been here four years and that's given me the opportunity to know the ups and the downs."
Head coach Todd Monken offered his assessment of the players leaving his program.
"I think there is a number of those guys that will go on, that the things that they went through the last four or five years from the ups and downs, will change them forever," said Monken. "In terms of being the men that they want to be, the fathers they want to be; they'll be able to send that message to their kids."
While the overall goals weren't accomplished this season, the foundation laid gives Johnson hope for the future.
"We got a great coach in coach Monken in 2013, and in 2014, we build a little more, recruit a little better. The results don't come out the way we want them to, but the thing I can say about this team is they're on the right track."
USM ends the season 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the C-USA.