Miss. State’s Brandon Holloway returns a kickoff 100 yards for a TD in the Dawgs 34-16 win at The Rock to open the 2015 season. (Photo, Getty Images)

Dawgs and Eagles set to play three times in six years

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Miss. State and Southern Miss have agreed to play one another on the gridiron three times over the next six years beginning in 2019.

“We are pleased to announce this series, which is good for the football fans in the state of Mississippi,” USM athletic director Jon Gilbert said.

Game 1 is scheduled for Sept. 7, 2019 in Starkville with Game 2, also scheduled for Starkville, on Sept. 23, 2023. The Dawgs are set to travel to Hattiesburg for the third meeting on Sept. 14, 2024.

The Dawgs and Golden Eagles have previously met 29 times, with the all-time series even at 14-14-1. Miss. State has won the past four meetings, most recently with a 34-16 win in the Hub City in 2015 and a 49-0 win in StarkVegas in 2014.

The last win for USM against the Dawgs came in 1988 when the Curley Hallman-coached Golden Eagles beat the Rocky Felker-coached Bulldogs 38-21 in Jackson.

The two in-state rivals will also meet on the baseball diamond this spring in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons.

USM will host the Diamond Dawgs from Feb. 16-18, 2018 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg to open the year, while MSU will welcome the Golden Eagles to Dudy Noble Field from Feb. 22-24, 2019.

The home-and-home series’ marks the first time the Diamond Dawgs and Southern Miss have hosted each other in a three-game weekend series. It is also the first time that the two have played one another on campus since 2008.