2008 New Orleans - Profiles, History & More
Southern Miss LB Gerald McRath
Southern Miss LB Gerald McRath
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

2008 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Profiles

Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6)

Dec. 21, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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New Orleans Bowl History
2007 Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
2006 Troy 41, Rice 17
2005 Southern Miss 31, Arkansas St 19
2004 Southern Miss 31, North Texas 10
2003 Memphis 27, North Texas 17
2002 North Texas 24, Cincinnati 19
2001 Colorado St 45, North Tex. 20

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Golden Eagle Bowl Moment: TCU entered the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl with the nation’s No. 1 defense, top rusher in LaDainian Tomlinson, and a nifty 10-1 record. The Horned Frogs left the Heart of Dixie with their second blemish.  Southern Miss rallied in the fourth quarter to stun the TCU 28-21 when Jeff Kelly found Kenneth Johnson for the game-winning touchdown with eight ticks left in the game.

Best Trojan Bowl Moment: In its brief stay in the FBS, Troy has split its two bowl appearances, losing to Northern Illinois in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl and routing Rice in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl. As was the case throughout the season, QB Omar Haugabook was the headliner for the Trojans, accounting for 319 total yards and five touchdowns.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Southern Miss: TE Shawn Nelson. Nelson’s outstanding career as one of the game’s premier pass-catching tight ends is coming to an end. He’ll begin the New Orleans Bowl with 120 catches for 1,498 yards, and 11 touchdowns. A big target with the speed to stretch the secondary, you’ll be able to catch Nelson’s act on Sundays beginning next year.

Troy: FS Sherrod Martin. Finally healthy for an entire season, Martin got a chance to put all of his potential on display. And he has delivered, making 80 tackles and four interceptions, while attracting the attention of NFL scouts. Martin has received a coveted invite to the Senior Bowl, where he’ll be asked to play some corner as well as safety.   

Breakout Player ...

Southern Miss: LB Korey Williams. Before getting his jaw broken in an off-field altercation, Williams was beginning to look like the next big thing in a Southern Miss linebacker. In the first four games of his career, the redshirt freshman had 21 tackles and four tackles for loss, including nine solos in a loss to Marshall. Although he hasn’t suited up since, the Eagles are hoping to see him in pads one more time before spring practice.

Troy: QB Levi Brown. Brown is one of those feel-good Sun Belt stories that usually only gets told this time of year. A walk-on transfer from Richmond, he took over for injured starter Jamie Hampton in October and threw 14 touchdown passes to a mere three picks. Once Hampton recovers from his ACL tear, the Trojans will be faced with a good old fashioned quarterback battle in 2009.

Southern Miss Bowl History (8-10)
2007 PapaJohns.com Cincinnati 31, So. Miss 21
2006 GMAC So. Miss 28, Ohio 7
2005 New Orleans Southern Miss 31, Arkansas State 19
2004 New Orleans Southern 31, North Texas 10
2003 Liberty Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
2002 Houston Oklahoma St. 33, Southern Miss 23
2000 GMAC Southern Miss 28, TCU 21
1999 Liberty Southern Miss 23, Colorado State 17
1998 Humanitarian Idaho 42, Southern Miss 35
1997 Liberty Southern Miss 41, Pittsburgh 7
1990 All-American North Carolina 31, Southern Miss 27
1988 Independence Southern Miss 38, UTEP 18
1981 Tangerine Missouri 19, Southern Miss 17
1980 Independence Southern Miss 16, McNeese State 14
1958 Tangerine East Texas State 10, Southern Miss 9
1957 Tangerine West Texas State 20, Miss Southern 13
1954 Sun UTEP 37, Southern Miss 14
1953 Sun Pacific 26, Southern Miss
Troy Bowl History (1-2)
2006 New Orleans Troy 41, Rice 17
2004 Silicon Valley No. Illinois 34, Troy 21
1948 Paper Jacksonville State 19, Troy 0

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