1989 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

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1989 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
Conference Independent
1989 record 5-6
Head coach Curley Hallman
Home stadium M.M. Roberts Stadium
« 1988 1990 »

The 1989 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1989 NCAA college football season and were led by Brett Favre.

Regular season[edit]

The 1989 Golden Eagles [led Offensively by Brett Favre(Quarterback) and Defensively by Orlando Harris(Linebacker)] had one of the biggest upsets of the college football season when they beat the Florida State Seminoles by a score of 30-26. In a game against the Louisville Cardinals, Southern Miss was on its own 21-yard line with six seconds left in a 10-10 tie. This was the result of a missed field goal by Louisville would have given them the lead. Brett Favre threw a Hail Mary pass that was deflected, but it bounced off the helmet of Southern Mississippi's Michael Jackson and into the hands of wide receiver Darryl Tillman, who scored a touchdown with no time left. The play was later voted on as one of the "Top 5 Memorable Moments" in college football history in an online vote at ESPN.com.


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 11:30 AM vs. #6 Florida State* Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL TBS W 30–26   48,746
September 9 Mississippi State* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS L 23–26    ?
September 16 at #5 Auburn* Jordan Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 3–24   83,465
September 23 at Texas Christian* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 17–19    ?
September 30 at #22 Texas A&M* Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 14–31   58,843
October 7 Tulane* M.M Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS (Battle for the Bell) W 30–21    ?
October 14 at Louisville* Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 16–10    ?
October 21 at Southwestern Louisiana* M.M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS L 21–24    ?
October 28 at Memphis* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 31–7    ?
November 18 1:30 p.m. at #4 Alabama* Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 14–37   70,123
November 25 East Carolina* M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS W 41–27   11,189
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.


Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Eugene Rowell Wide Receiver 9 240 Cleveland Browns
Reginald Warnsley Running back 11 285 Detroit Lions