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Fans and Seniors React to USM's 62-27 Victory at UAB

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Southern Miss brought its nation-leading 23-game losing streak to an end against UAB on Saturday.

The 62-27 win leaves USM 12 games short of surpassing the longest losing streak in FBS history, giving the Golden Eagle faithful reason to breathe just a little bit easier.

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A sigh of defeat no longer overshadows the tradition of 18 straight winning seasons at Southern Miss.

For 707 days, fans had been waiting to release the unbridled joy trapped inside by a 23-game losing streak.

On Saturday, they finally got their chance to let loose.

"It's a great day to be an Eagle."

"It felt great. I was crying. I was literally crying."

"It was an incredible feeling. We really deserve it. The guys really do too, especially the seniors."

"It was finally happening. It was time. It was wonderful.

"Southern Miss To The Top!"

Although it's just one victory, Saturday's win guarantees a new kind of streak for the next nine months.

And for the seniors, it brings closure to a chapter of Southern Miss football that no longer has to be quantified by the number 23.

"For those guys, you just can't imagine," says Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken.

"This feels great because the past two years this team has been through a lot without winning a game," says Southern Miss senior wide receiver Dominique Sullivan.

"Play every snap as if it's your last, live every day as if it's your last because today I was kind of emotional," says Southern Miss senior defensive lineman Octavius Thomas. "I didn't want the game to end, so just don't take anything for granted."

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Today marks the last Southern Miss weekly presser for 2013.

Two days after letting the emotion set in, the significance of Saturday's win remains the same for the Golden Eagles.

"I don't know if it's more relief," says Monken. "Do I think that it alleviates some of the talk in the offseason about a streak? Sure it does. Of course that's true. Does it put you in a position - is 1-11 better than 0-12? You bet it is - especially when it's the last one. Somewhere early on maybe not so much, but the last one you bet."

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To see what teams have compiled longer losing streaks than Southern Miss, click here:http://collegefootball.about.com/od/history/a/history-lstreak.htm

 

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