DENTON (11/29/04) North Texas will face the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2004 New Orleans Bowl it was announced Sunday evening. North Texas (7-4) will represent the Sun Belt Conference after finishing with a perfect 7-0 league record. Southern Miss (6-4) will be representing Conference USA after finishing in a four-way tie for second place with a 5-3 conference record.
The game will be played at the Louisiana Superdome Tuesday, Dec. 14th with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles still have one regular-season game remaining against California this Saturday after the originally scheduled meeting was forced to be rescheduled in the wake of Hurricane Ivan.
It will be the seventh all-time meeting between North Texas and Southern Miss, with each team winning three of the previous six meetings. The last meeting came in 1981 with Southern Miss winning 22-0 at Fouts Field in Denton. This will mark the fourth straight New Orleans Bowl appearance for North Texas. The Mean Green has a 1-2 record in the New Orleans Bowl, losing to Colorado State in 2001 and Memphis in 2003 while beating Cincinnati in 2002.