USM fans enjoy tailgating before first home football game

USM fans enjoy tailgating before first home football game

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thousands of Southern Miss football fans gathered at "The Rock" Saturday night, to enjoy the first Golden Eagles home game of 2016.

But, earlier in the day, many of those fans were visiting several parts of the campus, taking part in traditional tailgating activities.

They grilled hamburgers, played games and hung out with friends and family.

Most said they're excited about this season, especially after last Saturday's road win against the Kentucky Wildcats.

"I've been coming (to USM games) since I was 10-years old," said USM student Ben Waddle.

He was tailgating with fellow students.

"I've been to every home game, it doesn't matter what the weather is."

"We come here real early, stay out here real late," said Zamarih Malloy, a USM fan from Pike County who was tailgating with her family.

"It's the first game of the year, we're ready to party, have a good time," said Trey Garraway, another USM student who was tailgating Saturday.

"I want to support my cousin, (USM player) Oliver Bates, #75," said Carlos Hines, who was also tailgating with family. "Southern Miss to the Top, baby, that's why we're all here today," he said.

Southern Miss has six home football games in 2016.