Five Bowl Game Memories: 2011 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- With the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Florida State just nine days away, SouthernMiss.com takes a look back at five of the Golden Eagles' fondest moments in postseason play. Today's focus is on the 2011 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, where the Black and Gold defeated Nevada, 24-17.
Southern Miss rolled in hot to the islands after a 49-28 dismantling of previously-unbeaten Houston in the Cougars' home stadium for the C-USA Championship. Tim Green blocked a punt in the opening minute of the second quarter that was recovered by Tray Becton-Martin the endzone for a 7-0 Southern Miss lead.
Nevada tied it up at 17 on a field goal with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
Austin Davis, who had been held in check all day by the Wolf Pack, went 3-for-4 for 66 yards on the game-winning drive, capped off by a four-yard strike to Kelvin Bolden with 5:48 to play. The other two completions were a 43-yarder to Dominique Sullivan and a 19-yard pass to William Spight.
Cordarro Law was named the MVP for his seven tackles, which included two sacks for 12 yards and 4 1/2 TFL overall.
Southern Miss' 12 wins that season remain the most in school history, and it also marked the 10th consecutive bowl game for the program. Davis has since enjoyed a substantial career in the NFL and is currently with the Seahawks.
Fans can purchase tickets for the Dec. 27 bowl game against Florida State by visiting SouthernMissTickets.com or calling 1-800-844-TICK. Students can get admission for just $20 by calling the athletics ticket office.