2016 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

The 2016 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Eagles played their home games at the M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and competed in the West Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by first-year head coach Jay Hopson. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in C-USA play to finish in third place in the West Division. They were invited to the New Orleans Bowl where they defeated Louisiana–Lafayette.

2016 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
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New Orleans Bowl champion
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
2016 record7–6 (4–4 C-USA)
Head coachJay Hopson (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorShannon Dawson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTony Pecoraro (1st season)
Home stadiumM. M. Roberts Stadium
(Capacity: 36,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Western Kentucky xy$   7 1         11 3  
Old Dominion x   7 1         10 3  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
FIU   4 4         4 8  
Charlotte   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   2 6         3 9  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech xy   6 2         9 5  
UTSA   5 3         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
North Texas   3 5         5 8  
Rice   2 6         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Western Kentucky 58, Louisiana Tech 44
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

Southern Miss announced its 2016 football schedule on February 4, 2016. The 2016 schedule consists of 6 home and away games in the regular season. The Golden Eagles will host C–USA foes Charlotte, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, and Rice, and will travel to North Texas, Old Dominion, UTEP, and UTSA.[1]

The team will play four non–conference games, two home games against Savannah State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Troy from the Sun Belt Conference, and two road games against Kentucky and LSU both from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:30 PMat Kentucky*ESPNUW 44–3557,230
September 106:00 PMSavannah State*W 56–029,509
September 176:00 PMTroy*
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
beINL 31–3727,905
September 247:00 PMat UTEPCIW 34–721,419
October 16:00 PMRice
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
W 44–2828,325
October 811:00 AMat UTSAASNL 32–5519,818
October 156:30 PMat LSU*SECNL 10–45102,164
October 296:00 PMMarshall 
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
ASNW 24–1431,275
November 52:30 PMCharlotte
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
ASNL 27–3828,347
November 122:30 PMat Old DominionASNL 35–5120,118
November 194:30 PMat North TexasbeINL 23–2919,120
November 263:00 PMLouisiana Tech
ESPNewsW 39–2426,164
December 178:00 PMvs. Louisiana–Lafayette*ESPNW 28–2135,061
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

@ KentuckyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1986 L 0–32
Week One: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Kentucky Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 10 21644
Wildcats 21 14 0035

at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

Game information

Savannah StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Week Two: Savannah State Tigers at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tigers 0 0 000
Golden Eagles 21 28 7056

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

Game information

TroyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–1 2008 W 30–27 OT
Week Three: Troy Trojans at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Trojans 17 7 10337
Golden Eagles 7 10 14031

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 6:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 78° F • 10 mph • Storming
  • Game attendance: 27,905
  • Referee: James McArthur
  • TV: beIN
  • Southern Miss vs Troy
Game information

@ UTEPEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2015 W 34–13
Week Four: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at UTEP Miners – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 3 21 7334
Miners 7 0 007

at Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 7:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 83° F • WSW 15 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 21,419
  • Referee: Rodney Burnette
  • TV: CI
  • Southern Miss vs UTEP
Game information

RiceEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2015 W 65–10
Week Five: Rice Owls at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Owls 0 7 71428
Golden Eagles 3 10 211044

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 6:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 80° F • 5 mph • Clear
  • Game attendance: 28,325
  • Referee: Stephen Lamantia
  • Southern Miss vs Rice
Game information

@ UTSAEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 W 32–10
Week Six: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at UTSA Roadrunners – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 14 3832
Roadrunners 28 10 71055

at Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

  • Date: October 8
  • Game time: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Game weather: 72° F • Indoors
  • Game attendance: 19,818
  • Referee: Joe Pester
  • TV: ASN
  • Southern Miss vs UTSA
Game information

@ LSUEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1994 W 20–18
Week Seven: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at LSU Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 3 0010
Tigers 7 3 28745

at Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 6:30 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 81° F • ESE 8 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 102,164
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV: SECN
  • Southern Miss vs LSU
Game information

MarshallEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2015 L 10–31
Week Nine: Marshall Thundering Herd at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Thundering Herd 0 7 0714
Golden Eagles 7 3 01424

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 6:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 83° F • S 3 • Clear, humidity 36%
  • Game attendance: 31,275
  • Referee: Dan Gautreaux
  • TV: ASN
  • Southern Miss vs Marshall
Game information

CharlotteEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 W 44–10
Week Ten: Charlotte 49ers at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 21 10038
Golden Eagles 14 0 01327

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 77° F • 3 mph • Clear
  • Game attendance: 28,347
  • Referee: Jay Edwards
  • TV: ASN
  • Southern Miss vs Charlotte
Game information

@ Old DominionEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 W 56–31
Week Eleven: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Old Dominion Monarchs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 0 7 141435
Monarchs 21 14 7951

at Foreman Field, Norfolk, VA

Game information

@ North TexasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–4 2015 W 49–14
Week Twelve: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at North Texas Mean Green – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 0 13323
Mean Green 17 0 3929

at Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX

Game information

Louisiana TechEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–15 2015 W 58–24
Week Thirteen: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 7 10 0724
Golden Eagles 10 13 61039

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

Game information

Louisiana–Lafayette (New Orleans Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
38–11–1 2008 W 51–31
New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana–Lafayette – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 14 0 7728
Ragin' Cajuns 7 7 0721

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Game information

Team players drafted in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Mike Thomas Wide receiver 6 31 Los Angeles Rams
Kalan Reed Defensive back 7 32 Tennessee Titans

[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern Miss Announces 2016 Football Schedule" (Press release). The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Southern Miss Golden Eagles Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2016.htm