HATTIESBURG, MS - It's hard to believe Southern Miss started the season 4-1 and is now 5-6. The Golden Eagles have lost three in a row and five of six games.
USM head coach Jay Hopson says the most recent loss, 29-23 to North Texas, may have stung the worse as it gave the Golden Eagles' bowl game hopes a hard hit.
"As a coach, you always want to win a championship every year," Hopson said. "I don't think there's any year where you're ever really ultimately pleased if you don't. We want to win and we know we have to win. But the reality is when you look at young men that battle through life's adversities and they show that type of resolve for 60 minutes, you also take deep appreciation and you appreciate those things in coaching."
As for USM seniors like punter Tyler Sarrazin, they would like nothing more than to finish their careers on a high not with a win over Louisiana Tech on Black Friday.
"At the end of the day, you have to look at who you are as a person and as a player," Sarrazin said. "I can honestly say that I've seen everybody's still fighting, everybody's still trying to get a win. It's coming down to the wire. It's just slipping right out of our hands but we're all fighting. We're all trying."