The Rivalry Page

Ole Miss and Mississippi State? You would think. But...

“Ole Miss stopped playing Southern Miss in 1984 after getting whipped six times in eight games. Mississippi State ended the series in 1990 after losing 10 times in 14 contests. Southern Miss, clearly, is the big wheel in the Magnolia State.” – Oakland Tribune

The Black and Blue Bowl (Southern Miss leads series with Memphis 36-17-1)
Here's a great site explaining this rivalry (name, record, etc.): Link

Battle for the Bell (Southern Miss-Tulane)

1979 USM/Ole Miss

All week long, discussion surrounding Ole Miss football featured many who insisted that Ole Miss upgrade their schedule by dropping USM from it. After Southern Miss demolished Ole Miss 38-8, our cheerleaders unfurled a sign saying "upgrade our schedule, drop Ole Miss." Southern Miss would not have to do that, as Ole Miss announced the following week that they would end the series after the 1984 game. They could not end it fast enough as Southern Miss went on to defeat the Rebels 3 of the next 4 meetings. One of the more interesting calls in this game was when the great USM coach Bobby Collins went for an onside kick up 14-0. It worked. He had promised his team that they would go for an onside kick if they were up two tds. He kept his promise. It angered Ole Miss fans, but who cares?

Click here to listen as Bill Goodrich calls this game when USM scores their second touchdown when Dane McDaniel connects with Marvin Harvey: WhooooooHooo Meeercy!

2000 and 2003 Southern Miss/TCU

Although a short rivalry, the meeting between TCU and Southern Miss is was always nasty. It all started the year before TCU joined C-USA. TCU was 10-1 going in to the Mobile Bowl ranked #13. USM had a tough year (still, we were 7-4) placing second in CUSA. Tied at 21, Jeff Kelley connected on a 30 yard strike to freshman Kenneth Johnson to send TCU home. It was a nice welcome to CUSA. Also, in 2003, with TCU boasting an undefeated season (8-0), all the talk was that TCU had only Southern Miss to beat before becoming the first nonBCS team to play in a BCS bowl. Southern Miss gladly ruined that dream as Southern Miss captured their fourth conference championship by demolishing #9 TCU on national television. It was the most electric night in M.M. Roberts Stadium history and a very nice parting gift as TCU soon announced their intention to leave CUSA (and the South; and the East; and the known world of college football) to play in the frozen tundra of the Mountain West Conference. Click here to see and hear highlights of this magical game: TCU 2003 Highlights (go second to last game)

2000 Southern Miss @ Alabama

The 25th ranked Golden Eagles made their annual trip to the state of Alabama to take on the 13th ranked Crimson Tide. These games are almost always close. But not this time. The Eagle defense SHUT OUT Bama 21-0. Chad Williams, Cedric Scott, Leo Barnes, and Raymond Walls (54 yard interception for TD) simply dominated the Bama offense all night. Eagle fans refused to leave the stadium and danced the night away as north Alabama sat stunned. Below is a picture of big Cedric Scott after he sacked Bama QB Tyler Watts (Watts was sacked 4 times by the front four of Southern Miss).