NEW ORLEANS, LA - A Southern Miss senior class that endured 1-11 and 3-9 seasons have now seen two consecutive winning seasons and a bowl win for the first time since 2011.
The 22 Golden Eagle seniors wrapped up their legacies with a 28-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night.
"This whole senior class, we came in 1-11, 0-12, and to finish like this is really a blessing," said senior quarterback Nick Mullens, the USM record-holder in career passing yards (11,994) and passing touchdowns (87).
"A lot of emotions, mixed emotions knowing this is the last game I'll ever play in the black and gold," said Southern Miss senior defensive end Dylan Bradley. "I'm just grateful to be here with some of my teammates to experience this. I don't know how to put it into words. It's just an amazing feeling knowing I can call myself a champion."
"Man, it's a great feeling man," said Southern Miss senior defensive lineman Ja'Boree Poole who had a New Orleans Bowl record three sacks on Saturday. "To get this last win in my last game as a Southern Miss Golden Eagle. I'm grateful, I just want to thank God. Shout out to my grandma, it's her birthday today. Mamma, I love you."