Top 11 Highlights to the 2011 Football Season
Jan. 9, 2012
The 2011 Southern Miss football season was a season for the record books including the most wins in school history, a Conference USA championship, and ending with a Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl victory.
SouthernMiss.com will be showcasing the top 11 highlights of the 2011 football season over the next four weeks with the #1 highlight being released on Wednesday, February 1st, national signing day.
The Golden Eagles enjoyed their second season in the last three years with an unblemished home record by compiling a 6-0 mark. The home victories included lopsided wins over Southeastern Louisiana (52-6), Rice (48-24), SMU (27-3) and Memphis (44-7) while the team held on for close wins against Louisiana Tech (19-17) in the season opener and versus UCF (30-29).
Senior place kicker Danny Hrapmann, who overcame a leg cramp and bad weather, converted the game-winning 49-yard field goal against Louisiana Tech with 2:32 remaining in the contest. Southern Miss had to avert a late charge from UCF as sophomore defensive back Jacorius Cotton knocked down a Knight two-point conversion pass with no time left in the contest as the Golden Eagles held on for the victory.
The 2009 and 2011 squads are the only teams to finish 6-0 at home since Carlisle-Faulkner Field was renovated prior to the 1976 campaign. It also marked the 11th time since that season that Southern Miss has won all of its home games during that year's ledger.
The Golden Eagles went 3-0 in 1990, and collected 4-0 season home records six times, while going 5-0 twice. Prior to 2009, the last undefeated home season came in 1999.