Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Louisville Comes Back To Drop Southern Miss Late, 31-28

The Louisville Cardinals used a fourth quarter field goal to drop the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, 31-28.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Louisville Vs. Southern Miss: Cardinals Use Late Field Goal To Win, 31-28

What once looked like a furious, 60-minute sprint in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl ground to a halt at halftime as both teams limped to the finish. After 42 first half points, the Louisville Cardinals and Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles combined for just 17 in the second with a field goal making up the final margin. The Cardinals scored the last 10 points of the game, capped by Chris Philpott’s 36-yard go-ahead field goal with just over six minutes to go.

The first half was much more entertaining than advertised as the Golden Eagles, surprisingly, jumped out to a 14-point lead. The Cardinals finally woke up in the second quarter, driving the 37 yards for the touchdown to get on the board. Mississippi State answered with a bit of trickery, using the old pass to the quarterback to catch the defense off-guard. After a furious first half, we headed into halftime tied, expecting another frantic second half.

It didn’t happen. The most action came within about a 30-second span in the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage in the final period on a beautiful catch by Zeke Walters. Down, but not out, Louisville answered by returning the ensuing kickoff. Eight minutes later, a field goal turned out to be the game-winner, and Louisville brought home a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl title, and a souvenir mini-helmet as a cherry on top.

Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis threw for a game-high 206 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Louisville quarterback Justin Burke was right behind, throwing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Bilal Powell rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Desmond Johnson was over the century mark for Mississippi State, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Louisville Vs. Southern Miss: Late Ham In St. Petersburg

The third quarter of the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl passes largely without incident. A 29-yard field goal attempt on Southern Miss' opening drive of the half is blocked. Louisville executes another pair of ruthlessly efficient three-and-outs. Key Golden Eagles receiver Quentin Pierce suffers a left leg injury late in the period and has to be helped from the field. Larry Fedora pulls a fake punt out of his hat (sorry) that sustains what will be the last drive of the quarter, notable chiefly because Southern Miss is fielding the girthiest punter we've ever seen in major college football.

And then the fourth quarter begins. On the first play following the swapping of endzones, Austin Davis hits Zeke Walters with an eight-yard touchdown pass ... and the attendant catch is a thing of beauty:

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Any partisan joy is short-lived, as Jeremy Wright returns the answering kickoff for a Louisville score. With 14:40 remaining in the game, the Cardinals and Golden Eagles are tied, 28-28.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Louisville Vs. Southern Miss: Tie Game At Halftime

The Golden Eagles won't hold their two-touchdown lead for long in the first half of the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. Bilal Powell, playing through pain after sustaining what's being characterized as a "nerve injury" early in the game, runs for 24 yards on the first down of Louisville's answering possession, and the Cardinals record gains of 15 and 12 yards on the two plays immediately following. Four minutes later, Justin Burke hits Ent-like tight end Josh Chichester in the numbers (so, right around everybody else's facemask) for a 9-yard touchdown. Louisville narrows the scoreboard gap to one touchdown with five minutes remaining in the half.

Ninety second later, a lucky break lands the Cardinals back behind the ball again. Antwon Canady recovers a Golden Eagles fumble at the USM 27, and Bilal Powell runs one in six yards. That'll about do it for action in the first half, and as the players from Louisville and Southern Miss hit the locker rooms, we've got a tie game in St. Petersburg, 21-21.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Louisville Vs. Southern Miss: Golden Eagles Maintaining The Gap

After a highly inauspicious start to the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, which saw their team fall behind by two touchdowns in less than five minutes, the Louisville Cardinals retake the ball with no small amount of visible trepidation. They quickly backpedal to the tune of 3rd-and-22, prompting Rece Davis to quip, "It's third ... and Orlando," and give the ball back, but manage to hold the Golden Eagles deep in SoMiss territory on the answering possession.

The first quarter ends uneventfully, and the second gets off to a rollicking start with a solid, Justin Burke- and Jeremy Wright-heavy drive culminating in an 11-yard pass from Burke to Cameron Graham for a touchdown. With 11:24 remaining in the first half, the Cardinals are on the board.

Not to be outdone, two minutes later the Golden Eagles execute a surprise pass from Quentin Pierce to Austin Davis, creating an agreeable symmetry with their first touchdown connection, for a 17-yard score. With 9:37 remaining in the first half, Southern Miss still holds that two-touchdown lead, 21-7.

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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Louisville Vs. Southern Miss: Two Quick TDs Put Golden Eagles Up Early

We're underway in St. Petersburg for the 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, and are asking for your prayers for a low-scoring game, that we may only be forced to type "Beef 'O' Brady's" four or five more times this evening. We had planned to talk about some other things while the offenses were grinding into gear, but the game's been on for less than five minutes and the score is 14-0, so let's get to it.

The scene is set. Deddrick Jones and Tim Green are on the sidelines in their jerseys. Cordarro Law is wearing Martez Smith's jersey. Lou Holtz is valiantly attempting to pronounce the title sponsor of this game. It's a beautiful evening under the sickly lights of the Trop.

Louisville executes a rapid three-and-out that takes precisely 61 seconds, and SoMiss' highly-regarded offense takes the field. Austin Davis throws two passes, runs for a yard, and hits Quentin Pierce down the right side for a 32-yard touchdown pass, all before three minutes have elapsed in the quarter.

Louisville reels off another highly efficient three-and-out, and Southern Miss takes to the ground: On the Golden Eagles' first ensuing play from scrimmage, Desmond Johnson runs right, and keeps right on going for a 62-yard touchdown. With 10:22 remaining in the first quarter, the Golden Eagles lead the Cardinals, 14-0.

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