15 Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football History
|October 17, 1970: Southern Miss 30, Ole Miss 14 - Upset No. 4 Ole Miss and Archie Manning|
Southern Miss traveled to Oxford on Oct. 17, 1970, to face No. 4 Ole Miss and quarterback Archie Manning, a Heisman trophy candidate. The Rebels were prohibitive favorites and started the game true to form with a 7-0 lead. Southern tied the game on a 44-yard touchdown run by fullback Bill Foley, but the Rebels regained the lead on a touchdown pass from Manning to tailback Randy Reed. Driving early in the second quarter, the Southerners had the ball fourth and two at the Rebel 11-yard line. Turning down the chance for a short field goal, coach P.W. Underwood called for a reverse by reserve tailback Willie Heidelburg, who raced around right end to tie the game. Ray Guy's 47-yard field goal gave the Southerners a 17-14 lead at halftime. Early in the second half, Southern again drove to the Rebel 11-yard line, and Underwood again called for a Heidelberg reverse. The result was the same. And Southern held a 23-14 lead after Guy missed the extra point. A few minutes later Gerry Saggus returned a Rebel punt 60 yards for a touchdown, giving Southern a 30-14 lead with 5:45 left in the third quarter and that would be the final score and Southern had one of the biggest upsets of the young college football season and produced one of the Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football.