With a minute remaining in Sunday’s R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl, the Southern Miss fans started chanting Damion Fletcher's name.
The Golden Eagles senior running back was just 2 yards away from a 1,000-yard season -- his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season in his illustrious career.
Prior to the chanting, Southern Miss, which was trying frantically to get back into what would ultimately be a loss to Middle Tennessee, had thrown three consecutive passes. Both announcers and fans started getting antsy as the clock went under a minute, wondering if Fletcher’s record would be sacrificed for a quick score. But once the coaching staff realized that Fletcher needed just a couple of yards, they put the ball in his hands and he rattled off a 17-yard rush that put the Golden Eagles in scoring position.
Fletcher became just the ninth player in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. He’s also the third player from a nonautomatic qualifying school to do it. Last season, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Tyrell Fenroy accomplished the feat. In 2005, New Mexico’s DonTrell Moore did it.
Fletcher finished his Southern Miss career as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 5,302 yards on 1,009 attempts. He also has the most attempts by a Conference USA back in a career, and the most touchdowns (44), rushing yards and 100-yard games (21) in Southern Miss history.