Southern Miss and Mississippi State announced jointly Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson that they will play a two-game, home-and-home football series beginning in 2014.
The two-game series will take place during the opening weekend of those respective seasons.
The first contest is slated for Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Miss., on Aug. 30, 2014, and then the Golden Eagles will play host to the Bulldogs at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015.
“We sincerely appreciate Greg Byrne and Dr. Mark Keenum for working with us to renew this outstanding rivalry,” Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard Giannini said. “Anytime you play a rivalry game it is very important to the coaches, teams, alumni, fans, media and for the general promotion of the great game of football in the state of Mississippi.”
This will be the first time the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs will meet on the gridiron since the 1990 campaign when Southern Miss dropped a 13-10 decision in Starkville. Southern Miss leads the series 14-12-1 and the victory total includes two forfeits from the Bulldogs during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.
“Talk about a stimulus package for the state, this is it. I believe that a renewal of an in-state rivalry with the Bulldogs is a win-win for everyone and long overdue in a state that loves its football,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders.
Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said he was excited for his program to be able to play another in-state opponent.
“It is always exciting when you get an opportunity to play a football game against an in-state opponent,” Fedora said. “This is what college football is all about. Rivalries are what bring out the passion for the game. This will be a tremendous event for the entire state of Mississippi.”
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