Sunday, November 6, 2016
Southern wins sixth straight, beats Texas Southern 26-10 despite uncharacteristically off night by its offense
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Uncharacteristically poor focus and execution on offense wasn’t enough to keep Southern from winning its sixth straight game.
Southern finished with 496 yards of offense but spent large chunks of the game looking out of sorts on offense. The Jaguars required the defense to rise to the occasion and the offense to come through in the clutch to pull off a 26-10 win against Texas Southern at A.W. Mumford Stadium.
“I thought in the second half, we played a lot better, inspired, made some plays,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “Defensively, we gave ourselves a chance to win. Offensively, we did enough to win a football game.”
Southern’s lead was four points when the fourth quarter started, but it quickly swelled back into double digits after a short field goal that was followed by a Roshaud Turner interception on TSU’s next play from scrimmage. That turnover set up the Jaguars (6-2, 6-0 SWAC) at the TSU 27-yard line.
Southern then called five consecutive run plays for Lenard Tillery, who finished with his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing day. Tillery fumbled his last carry of the drive away, but it was recovered in the end zone by freshman guard Jerimiah Abby to extend Southern’s lead to 23-10.