2004 New Orleans Bowl
|2004 Wyndham New Orleans Bowl|
|Date||December 14, 2004|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|MVP||Southern Miss LB Michael Boley|
|Referee||Todd Geerlings (ACC)|
|Payout||US$750,000 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Dave Barnett (Play-by-Play)|
Bill Curry (Analyst)
David Norrie (Analyst)
Southern Miss quarterback Dustin Almond got Southern Miss on the board first with a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Otho Graves, to give the Eagles an early 7–0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Dustin Almond scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14–0. In the second quarter, kicker Nick Bazaldua got North Texas on the board with a 24-yard field goal to make it 14–3. Before halftime, Darren McCaleb connected on a 45-yard field goal to give USM a 17–3 halftime lead.
In the fourth quarter, linebacker Michael Boley returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown to give Southern Miss a 24–3 lead. Sherron Moore added a 1-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 31–3. Quarterback Scott Hall threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Quinn to cut the lead to 31–10. That would be the final score of the game.