15 Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football History
|October 10, 1981: Southern Miss 13, Alabama 13 - Late Field Goal Ties Crimson Tide|
Before a crowd of 76,400 at Birmingham's historic Legion Field, Southern Miss met Alabama on Oct. 10, 1981. With 2:57 left in the game, the Eagles were behind 13-10 with the ball on their own 20-yard line and no timeouts. On 3rd-and-13 at the Alabama 48-yard line, quarterback Reggie Collier hit tight end Raymond Powell at the Crimson Tide 21 with just eight second remaining. With the Eagles scrambling to spike the ball to stop the clock and give their field goal unit a chance to tie the game, the Alabama defense inexplicably called a time out. The timeout allowed the Eagles to regroup, and place-kicker Steve Clark drilled his second field goal of the day from 40-yards out to enable the Eagles to gain a 13-13 tie. Although he had already missed field goals of 34, 38 and 42 yards, Clark was calm with the game on the line. Quarterback Reggie Collier completed 14-of-25 passes for 202 yards and ran for a touchdown, and the Eagles remained undefeated on the season, as they produced one of the Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football.