Southern Miss is on the brink of going bowling for a third straight season. The Golden Eagles (5-2) can assure they will Saturday with a win over conference foe UAB. The Blazers (4-3) travel to Hattiesburg for the annual Blackout game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

UAB is coming off a road overtime loss to Charlotte. Before that, the Blazers had won three of their last four. On the season as a whole, the team is averaging 30 points a game following the program’s two-year hiatus. Their quick resurgence does not surprise Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson.

“They’re an old football team, extremely old because when you look at it, it was a year or two ago (when they started building back the program). So you have a lot of junior college players that were able to get in the system for a year and really have that eligibility frozen,” Hopson said. “Therefore, you’re in the system and older. They’re an older football team. An athletic team that plays hard and is extremely well coached. It’s a big challenge and we know it.”

Hopson’s Golden Eagles are coming off a dramatic, 34-27 double overtime win over Louisiana Tech. Wide receiver Korey Robertson came up clutch late, catching two touchdowns from Keon Howard in the extra periods.

“Korey’s a guy who had a tremendous spring and summer and he’s been working hard for a year and you’re seeing it pay off on Saturdays,” Hopson said. “He’s put out a lot of sweat equity and was a guy I thought played tremendous Saturday.”

“It was a nice win, but it’s a win we have to forget now and move on. We know we have an excellent football team coming to town and we have to be ready.”

Kickoff of Southern Miss-UAB is scheduled for 6 pm at M.M. Roberts Stadium.