November 16, 2018  

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Southern Miss Headed to Walk-On’s Independence Bowl to Face Florida State

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The Southern Miss football program on Sunday announced it has accepted an invitation to participate in the 42nd Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

The Golden Eagles, which finished their regular season with an 8-4 mark, will play Florida State (6-6) from the Atlantic Coast Conference. This will be the 23rd meeting between the two football programs with the Golden Eagles holding an 8-13-1 overall mark in the series against the Seminoles. Southern Miss has captured three of the last four contests against ACC foes dating back to the 2006 season.

The game will be played at the Independence Stadium, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, and will kick off at 12:30 p.m.

The Golden Eagles make their third-straight bowl appearance, 13th in the last 16 years and 25th overall. Southern Miss returns to Shreveport for its third Independence Bowl appearance. 

The game marks the first time Southern Miss has played in the Independence Bowl since the 1988 campaign, winning 38-18 over now fellow Conference USA member, UTEP, while also collecting a 16-14 decision over McNeese State in 1980.

The Golden Eagles registered 438.3 yards per game during the regular season, ranking No. 34 in the FBS, while allowing just 321.9 yards per game, which ranked No. 17 in the FBS.

The deadline to order your bowl tickets and have them fulfilled in priority order is noon on Monday, December 11. Please note that any orders placed after the priority deadline will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets along the lower level sideline will be $45-50, while end zone tickets will be $30. Student tickets are $20 and fans may make donations for tickets to be used by local members of the military, local charities, and under privileged youth groups for $20. There will be a limited number of $50 tickets available. In the event that there are more requests for these tickets than can be fulfilled, fans will be placed in the best-available $45 seats as well as refunded the difference in pricing.

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets through the Southern Miss Ticket Office as each ticket purchase directly benefits Southern Miss Athletics and guarantees fans that they will sit with other Golden Eagle fans.

The ticket office will begin to fulfill orders placed before the priority deadline in the following order:

* Season Ticket Holders & Eagle Club Members priority based upon Eagle Club Giving Level.
* Season Ticket Holders who are non-Eagle Club Members. 
* Eagle Club members who are non-Season Ticket Holders. 
* General Public

If you are a season ticket holder or Eagle Club member, please be sure to log in to your account at when ordering to ensure you receive your priority. If you do not remember your login information and need assistance, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-844-TICK (8425). The direct ticket link can be found here.

Students will be able to purchase their bowl game tickets beginning Monday, Dec. 4.

The Southern Miss Alumni Association and Eagle Club will be hosting a pregame tailgate party before the game on Saturday, December 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon next to the Independence Stadium on the Louisiana State Fairgrounds. Eagle Club and Alumni Association members will have the exclusive opportunity to register for this tailgate from now until Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. when it will open to all fans. For more information on the tailgate or to register please go to: