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USM Losing Streak at 17: Game-Winning Field Goal That Never Was

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It was the 44-yard game-winning field goal that never was.

Saturday's blocked kick was the third surrendered by the Golden Eagles in their last two games.

But that one makes the difference between 16 and 17.

"Oh man, it's like climbing to a mountain - climbing on top of a mountain and just falling off," says Southern Miss wide receiver Markese Triplett. "You don't get to enjoy it."

For the Golden Eagles, it has been more than 650 days since their last taste of victory.

And losing 24-23 to FIU in heartbreaking fashion makes it hurt that much worse.

*Silence* - Southern Miss defensive lineman Khyri Thornton.

"It's kind of sad in the locker room right now," says Southern Miss linebacker C.J. Perry. "Players are kind of taking it pretty hard."

"It hurts," says Thornton.

"It hurts," says Southern Miss linebacker Terrick Wright.

"Man, it's tough man - tough loss," says Triplett.

For Southern Miss, a win would have helped mask some of the team's glaring weaknesses.

USM ranks 116th in the nation in 3rd down conversions.

The team turned the ball over 19 times in just five games.

Senior redshirt quarterback Allan Bridgford leads the nation with 11 interceptions.

So where do the Golden Eagles go from here?

"I mean there's no where to go but in this locker room," says Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken. "No one's coming to rescue us. The most important thing we can do is to continue to get better and play better football."

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