Southern Miss Gets By Troy In OT, 30-27

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 21, 2008

A black and gold team won Sunday night in the Louisiana Superdome and it wasn't the New Orleans Saints.

Southern Mississippi's Micheal McGee blocked a potential game tying field goal attempt in overtime to give the Golden Eagles a 30-27 overtime win over the Troy Trojans in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Going into overtime, Troy won the toss but deferred and Golden Eagles kicker Britt Barefoot banged a 39 yard field goal off of the left upright and through giving Southern Miss the 30-27 lead. Troy then drove down the field and attempted the field goal but it was blocked giving the Golden Eagles their third New Orleans Bowl title and head coach Larry Fedora's first bowl win as the coach of the Golden Eagles.

Earlier in the game, the Golden Eagles lost one of their star players as receiver DeAndre Brown broke his left leg after landing awkwardly in the end zone while attempting to catch a pass.

Golden Eagles' quarterback Austin Davis completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 276 yards and two scores, halfback Damion Fletcher rushed 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Late in the third quarter, Troy led 27-17 after a 6 yard touchdown run by Troy's Jerrel Jernigan but Southern Miss responded with an Austin Davis 36 yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Massey on fourth and two with 7:20 on the clock. Britt Barefoot hit a field goal from 46 yards out with 2:50 left to tie the game up and send it into overtime.

DeAndre Brown's condition is not known at this time but he was thought to have suffered a lower leg fracture according to Southern Miss spokesman Jack Duggan. Brown, a freshman, was a prized recruit last year and quickly became the Golden Eagle's leading receiver, finishing the regular season with 66 catches for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns.