Brett Favre Leads USM to ’89 Upset of FSU
Before he secured his football legacy with dramatics on behalf of the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings during a record-breaking 20-year NFL career, Brett Favre “warmed up” for all of that at Southern Miss.
In the 1989 season opener against sixth-ranked Florida State (who had beaten USM the previous two seasons by a combined 90–23), the Golden Eagles trailed late in the game, 26–24. On third-and-goal from the four-yard line, Favre ran a play-action pass and found TE Anthony Harris wide open in the end zone with 23 seconds left, sending Southern Miss to a 30–26 upset.
The NFL’s all-time leader in career completions (6,300), attempts (10,169), passing yards (71,838), and passing TDs (508), Favre is now the offensive coordinator for the football team at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, MS — the same town in which he starred as a collegian.