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.