15 Greatest Games in Southern Miss Football History
|October 14, 1989" Southern Miss 16, Louisville 10 - "The Miracle of Louisville"|
The Golden Eagles played at Louisville on Oct. 14, 1989, and struck first as tailback Eddie Ray Walker scored on a five-yard run. Louisville countered with a second quarter touchdown that evened the game at 7-7. Southern Miss regained the lead early in the third quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Chuck Davis, but Louisville matched it in the fourth quarter, once again tying the game. With 23 seconds remaining, the Cardinals had the ball and attempted a 43-yard field goal. True freshman Vernard Collins, though, blocked the kick and gave USM the ball and one last opportunity to win the game. As the clock ticked down the game's final seconds, quarterback Brett Favre rolled right and fought off Louisville defensive end Ted Washington before lofting a Hail Mary pass that was tipped by wide receiver Michael Jackson and caught behind the Louisville defenders by wide receiver Darryl Tillman, who raced into the end zone to give the Eagles the 16-10 win as time expired. According to offensive coordinator Jeff Bower, the play worked exactly as it had been designed. "We put Alfred Williams, Michael Jackson and Tony Smith on the left side and Darryl (Tillman) by himself on the right. Michael is supposed to tip the ball up and hopefully one of our guys will catch it. Brett is supposed to spend a little time back there and throw it. He has to hesitate a little and throw it high." The Miracle of Louisville, one of the greatest Games in Southern Miss Football.