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Southern Miss football’s losing streak to SEC teams

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) runs through Southern Mississippi defenders during the second half of MSU’s 34-16 win in Hattiesburg Miss. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) runs through Southern Mississippi defenders during the second half of MSU’s 34-16 win in Hattiesburg Miss. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Associated Press

When Southern Miss arrives at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday for the 7:30 p.m. season-opener against host Kentucky, the Golden Eagles will be trying to win their first game against an SEC opponent since 2000.

Since blanking Alabama 21-0 in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 16, 2000, USM has lost 13 consecutive games to SEC opponents, all but one of those on the road. The latest was a 34-16 home loss to Mississippi State in last season’s opener.

It should be noted that Todd Monken’s club rebounded from that loss and posted a 9-5 record, including an invitation to the Heart of Dallas Bowl (where USM lost 44-31 to Washington). Now new head coach Jay Hopson will try and snap the long losing streak against the SEC.

Here is a look at the USM streak. You’ll notice that it starts with five straight losses in five straight years at Alabama.

Southern Miss’ SEC losing streak

Date

Opponent

USM

Opp

Dec

9/5/2015

Miss State

16

34

L

9/13/2014

@Alabama

12

52

L

8/30/2014

@Miss State

0

49

L

9/14/2013

@Arkansas

3

24

L

9/2/2010

@S Carolina

13

41

L

9/16/2008

@Auburn

13

27

L

9/8/2007

@Tennessee

19

39

L

9/2/2006

@Florida

7

34

L

9/10/2005

@Alabama

21

30

L

10/16/2004

@Alabama

3

27

L

10/11/2003

@Alabama

3

17

L

9/21/2002

@Alabama

7

20

L

11/29/2001

@Alabama

15

28

L

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