15 Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football History
|September 20, 1986: Southern Miss 28, Mississippi State 24 - "The Drive"|
A 98-yard drive that left Southern Miss fans euphoric and Mississippi State fans drained highlighted another thrilling Golden Eagle-Bulldog game at Jackson's Veterans Memorial Stadium on Sept. 20, 1986. Down 24-21 with the ball on the Southern Miss 2-yard line with just over four minutes to remaining, Eagle offensive tackle Pat Ferrell looked at his teammates in the huddle and announced, "If there's anybody here who doesn't think we're gonna win this game, just leave. Get out of here. We don't need you, because we are fixin' to score." The Eagles responded with a 15-play scoring drive, capped by tailback Shelton Gandy's four-yard run with just 29 seconds to go, winning 28-24. Offensive coordinator Keith Daniels said that the game winning drive "brought me to tears. That's what it did. You feel so much for the players. I tell you, it took some downright courage and character to do what they did out there today." The Eagle offense rushed for 386 yards, while the Nasty Bunch defense limited the Bulldogs to 148 yards on the ground. A 28-24 win over in-state rival Mississippi State and "The Drive" will always be remembered as one of the Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football.