HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After a day off, the University of Southern Mississippi football team returned to the practice field in preparation for its road game against Louisiana Tech this Saturday evening at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, La.
The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs renew one of the longest rivalries in Southern Miss history. The game will mark the 45th meeting between the two teams with Southern Miss holding a 31-13 record over Louisiana Tech. The series is the third longest in Southern Miss history behind Memphis (63 games) and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Southern Miss, who practiced in shorts and helmets on Tuesday, have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams in the series, including winning the last three games - each by three points or less.
The Golden Eagles are 14-7 all-time in Ruston, including a 13-12 decision at Joe Aillet Stadium on Sept. 25, 2010. The two teams are looking for better weather as the last two meetings have seen heavy rain pours during the contest. At Ruston in 2010, it rained heavily during the second half, while the Golden Eagles won a 19-17 meeting in 2011 in Hattiesburg during Tropical Storm Lee, which saw heavy rains during much of the contest.
Southern Miss assistant coaches Pete Perot and John Simon both have ties to the Bulldog program. Perot coached at Louisiana Tech from 1986-96 and then again from 2000-12. His only other stop was at Southern Miss prior to this year from 1997-99. Simon was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs at both running back and wide receiver under current Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken, who was an assistant in Ruston from 2000-01.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of Conference USA as this is the first year for the Bulldogs.
This will be the eighth of 10 television appearances for the Golden Eagles this season. This will be the second of two games for Southern Miss on the CBS Sports Networks as the Marshall contest was also shown by the network last week.
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