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
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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. No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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