The Greatest Game in the Football Series – ULM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss athletics will look at the greatest games in each of the playing series of all 12 opponents from its 2018 football schedule, giving Golden Eagle fans a weekly look this summer of what we consider to be the greatest game in that series’ history.
We will post these games on social media as well, and ask fans to agree or disagree with our selections as well as share their favorite memory from these games.
Our next look back is from the ULM series, who the Golden Eagles meet for the sixth time in their history in Hattiesburg on Sept. 8 in a 6 p.m. contest. Southern Miss leads in the series 5-1, including a pair of victories in the last two meetings. The series was resumed after a 24-year hiatus with the Golden Eagles winning a 28-17 decision in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in Monroe.
The date was Sept. 4, 1982 and marked the first meeting between the two schools in football.
Behind a 171 rushing yards from Sam Dejarnette, tied for the seventh-best rushing contest by Golden Eagle sophomore, the Golden Eagles defeated the then Northeast Louisiana, 45-27, in Jim Carmody’s first game as head coach.
A crowd of 30,767 watch the Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium as DeJarnette scored a pair of 4-yard rushing touchdowns, while senior quarterback Reggie Collier added 106 yards on the grounds and two more rushing scores to pull away in the contest.
The game stayed close until early in the second half when Louis Lipps returned a punt for a 50-yard touchdown and the Golden Eagles rolled up 417 total offensive yards. That number included 334 on the ground.
The Voice of the Golden Eagles John Cox described the evening like this:
“It was an electrifying night at Roberts Stadium when the Eagles and what was known as Northeast Louisiana opened the 1982 season. The Nasty Bunch defense returned seven starters from the year before, but it was the offense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Reggie Collier, wide receiver and punt returner Louis Lipps, and Auburn transfer Sam Dejarnette that stole the show that night in Carmody’s debut as head coach. Dejarnette dazzled everyone that night by breaking tackle after tackle and running away from defenders. But it was the Collier that showcased his talents as one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country. It was a team with a lot of ways to beat you and they it showed it that very night.”