2011 Hawai'i Bowl: Larry Fedora Leaves With 24-17 Win Over Nevada

Larry Fedora went out on a winning note as Southern Miss. downed Nevada in the Hawai'i Bowl. Your Hawai'i Bowl FAQ.

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Hawai'i Bowl 2011 Final Score: Larry Fedora Leaves Southern Miss With A Win

After a first half that ended with fireworks, the 2011 Hawai'i Bowl fizzled, with a final 30 minutes filled with defense and low on points. Near the end of the second quarter, a sequence featuring two fumbled kickoffs, a long touchdown run, an impressive touchdown catch and a brawl in the end zone unfolded. It would prove to be the high-point of the game.

Southern Mississippi sent Larry Fedora off into the sunset -- or to North Carolina, whatever you prefer -- with a 24-17 win in the Hawi'i Bowl in front of a subdued crowd at Aloha Stadium. The Golden Eagles wrapped the game up with a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Kelvin Boulden, breaking a 17-all tie at the time. Nevada was unable to respond, plagued by off-target passes and an offense unable to come back, as Fedora enjoyed on final Gatorade bath as Southern Miss head coach.

Davis completed just 18-of-43 passes, but threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Golden Eagles to a bowl win. Southern Miss also got it done on special teams, blocking a punt on Nevada's first possession and recovering it for a touchdown.

The ground game for Nevada was a constant, despite a sketchy passing game. Lampford Mark carried the ball 29 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were game highs. In fact, Mark matched the Golden Eagles' total rushing yardage exactly in the loss.

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Larry Fedora, UNC Football Reach Agreement, According To Report

Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels have reportedly reached an agreement for the current Southern Miss Golden Eagles head coach to take the same position with the Tar Heels. Fedora has been linked with the job several times in the past few days, but it seems that a deal is now all but official.

Fedora reached an agreement in principle with the Tar Heels to be next head coach, according to a tweet from the always excellent Bruce Feldman. Feldman reports that his source told him the deal was agreed to early Wednesday morning, meaning an announcement could be on its way shortly.

The Tar Heels job isn't an exceptional one, but as SB Nation's Bill Connelly notes, it's probably a step up from the head job at Southern Miss.

Five-Year F/+ Avg: +7.3% (35th)
Five-Year Record: 35-28
All-Time Record: 602-470-48
Five-Year Attendance Average: 57,065 (Capacity: 60,000)

Fedora, who led Southern Miss to an 11-2 record this season, apparently was chosen over Gus Malzahn, Everett Withers and possibly Skip Holtz -- though the latter denied those rumors.

Keep up with SB Nation's comprehensive UNC Coaching Search Rumors Story Stream and Tar Heels blog, Carolina March, for the latest updates and fan perspective on the Tar Heels head coaching search. For all your college football needs, head to SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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