Southern Mississippi 13, No. 15 Auburn 12PAUL NEWBERRY , Associated Press
Nov. 10, 1990 5:21 PM ET
AUBURN, ALA. AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Anthony Harris caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre with 46 seconds left and Southern Mississippi shocked No. 15 Auburn 13-12 on Saturday.
It was the second straight loss for Auburn (6-2-1) and the Tigers' first defeat at home since 1987.
With scouts from six bowl games looking on, Southern Mississippi (8-3) likely locked up a postseason invitation while dealing a severe blow to Auburn's hopes of a fifth straight New Year's Day appearance.
Auburn scored on its first four possessions, capping the drives each time with Jim Von Wyl field goals. The Tigers inability to get into the end zone proved costly when Southern Miss rallied in the fourth quarter.
The Golden Eagles, who earlier botched a 33-yard field goal attempt in their best scoring opportunity, finally got on the board with 8:03 to play on Favre's 10-yard pass to Michael Jackson, who made a leaping catch despite being interfered with by Auburn cornerback Eric Ramsey.
Auburn failed to move on its next possession, then had Richie Nell's punt blocked by Pat Wynn at the Auburn 18. The Golden Eagles were stopped on fourth-and-2 at the 10, but they still had time to get the ball back one more time.
Southern Miss started at the Auburn 42 and got the winning touchdown in six plays.
On second and goal from the 10, Favre found Harris over the middle and the tight end made a diving catch.
Southern Miss broke Auburn's 20-game home unbeaten streak and completed a sweep of teams from Alabama. On Sept. 8, the Golden Eagles upset Alabama 27-24, ruing coach Gene Stallings' debut as coach.
Auburn went 60 yards on 13 plays for Von Wyl's first field goal, a 41- yarder with 6:01 left in the first quarter. The key play was a 20-yard pass from Stan White to Herbert Casey.
On the next possession, the Tigers covered 44 yards in seven plays before stalling at the Souttern Miss 26. Von Wyl came on to kick a 43-yard field goal.
With 13:05 left in the second quarter, Von Wyl kicked a 21-yarder after a five-play, 70-yard drive. Tony Richardson set up the kick with a 63-yard run down the left sideline.
Von Wyl closed out Auburn's scoring with a 43-yarder with 10:41 left in the half. It came after a 13-yard punt by Scott Bryant gave Auburn the ball at the Southern Miss 40.
Auburn was coming off a 48-7 loss to No. 10 Florida, its worse defeat in 40 years.