One-win seasons aren’t normally a cause for celebration, but the Southern Miss Golden Eagles had plenty to smile about the Saturday. Thanks to a huge game by freshman quarterback Nick Mullens, who threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns, the Golden Eagles stomped the UAB Blazers to the tune of 62-27.
It was the first win by the Golden Eagles since they beat Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl back in 2011.
The program’s 23-game losing streak, now mercifully over, was one of the longest stretches of futility in NCAA football history. Only six schools have ever lost more games in a row, with the Northwestern Wildcats holding the record at 34.
The UAB Blazers actually led the game at halftime, but the Golden Eagles dominated the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions to build a 41-21 lead. The Golden Eagles didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns — including a pair by senior running back Kendrick Hardy, who finished the game 106 yards rushing — during the final period.
[Source: CBS Sports]