Southern Miss beats Troy in OT, 30-27

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michael McGee blocked a potential game-tying field goal attempt in overtime, lifting Southern Mississippi to a 30-27 comeback victory over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night.

Troy held Southern Miss to Britt Barefoot's 39-yard field goal on the first posesssion of OT, but that wound up being enough for the Golden Eagles to win their third New Orleans Bowl in as many appearances.

The Trojans, winners of the Sun Belt Conference, led 27-17 after Jerrel Jernigan's 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Southern Miss responded with Austin Davis' 35-yard touchdown to Jonathan Massey on fourth-and-2 with 7:20 left in regulation. Barefoot tied it with his 46-yard field goal with 2:50 to go.

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