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Marshall extends Southern Mississippi losing streak to 20

Marshall extends Southern Mississippi losing streak to 20
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles, coached by Todd Monken, shown during a game against Florida International last month, suffered their 20th consecutive loss on Saturday. (Steve Coleman / Associated Press)

Everything’s gone to Hades in Hattiesburg, where the university Brett Favre made famous is stuck in the mud. Marshall handed Southern Mississippi its 20th consecutive defeat Saturday with a 61-13 win in Huntington, W.Va.

The losing streak is the longest in major college since the Temple Owls lost 20 in a row during the 2004-05 seasons.

Southern Miss recorded its last victory on Christmas Eve 2011, a 24-17 win over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.

That win capped a 12-2 season in which Southern Miss also shocked No. 7 Houston in the Conference USA title game.

The program quickly went Deep South, though, when coach Larry Fedora left for North Carolina and was replaced by Ellis Johnson. He was fired after going 0-12 last year and was replaced by former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who is 0-8.

Most of the losses this year have been blowouts, although Southern Miss let a chance to beat Florida International slip away when a potential game-winning field goal was deflected and fell short.

Southern Miss might have a chance to end the streak next week when the Golden Eagles play at Louisiana Tech.

Southern Miss is not close to threatening Northwestern’s major college record of 34 straight defeats from 1979-82.

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