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Football looks to continue winning ways with action-packed Blackout weekend

Oct. 24, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Eaglepalooza. A winning football team. Blackout Game. Pregame Halloween carnival. T-shirt giveaway. Postgame fireworks. The Rock will be a can't-miss setting for all Golden Eagle fans young and old.

Last Saturday night, the Golden Eagles defeated rival Louisiana Tech for the third consecutive year, a double-overtime thriller complete with 11 points in a 52-second span to end regulation. The squad improved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2004, regained a tie for the West Division lead in C-USA and within one win of bowl eligibility for the third-straight season.

But there's even more on the table at The Rock before, during and after the 6 p.m. kickoff against UAB.

Friday night marks the 2017 edition of Eaglepalooza, featuring headliner and six-time Grammy nominee B.o.B alongside Hampton Lamar and Elsie. The show begins at 7 p.m. from Spirit Park in front of the Thad Cochran Center in the shadows of the stadium. More info about the event, plus past performers, can be found here.

Last but not least, Gameday.

The morning features a brand-new promotion of Crossfit at The Rock. Reggie Collier, Brett Favre and Adalius Thomas are just a few of the names to lay it all on the line inside The Rock on Saturdays, and now beginner or expert Crossfitters have the same opportunity for a small fee that includes a shirt and ticket to the game.

The annual Halloween carnival will take place near Pride Field from 2 to 5 p.m. It is free to all attendees and comes on the heels of Thursday's Trick or Treat at The Pete festivities. The first 1,000 fans inside The Rock will receive special Blackout shirts, with some set aside for students.

There is also a School Day group ticket option open to students, faculty, families and friends in the area. The school with the largest attendance receives a pep rally with Seymour and a signed Jay Hopson jersey. Those looking to redeem this opportunity can contact Rob Doerger in the ticket office at 601-266-4563 or Robert.Doerger@usm.edu. As an added component to the education theme, Southern Miss will be taking part in its version of the nationwide Extra Yard for Teachers campaign, featuring a $10,000 gift card courtesy of Michael's and the College Football Playoff Foundation that will benefit area teachers.

Longtime C-USA rival UAB comes to Hattiesburg just three points shy of a 4-0 league record. A victory would give Southern Miss its fourth in a row leading into the November stretch.

Saturday also serves as the team's annual Blackout contest, truly adding to the Halloween weekend spirit. Win or lose, there will be a postgame fireworks display.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-844-TICK, visiting SouthernMissTickets.com or the Pat Ferlise Center during normal business hours.

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