Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jackson State's offense proves something big to Hughes

HOUSTON, Texas -- Jackson State’s offense proved something to coach Tony Hughes on Saturday.

The Tigers rushed 31 times for 185 yards and attempted 28 passes for 177 yards in their 21-13 road win against Texas Southern at BBVA Compass Stadium. The near-perfect balance in yards gained and plays left Hughes believing the Tigers have found their identity on offense.

“What we played like (Saturday) was the identity that we really want,” he said. “Anytime we rush for 200 yards, we win. When we lead the game in rushing yards, we rush more than our opponent, we win the game. It’s just that simple.

“But it’s also balance. I want to be able to run the ball and throw the ball. When you’re able to run the ball, it makes it a lot easier to throw the ball because everybody has to stop the run.”

The Tigers (3-4, 3-2 SWAC), who play host to Prairie View A&M (4-3, 4-1) for homecoming at 2 p.m. Saturday, found success because of the steady play of quarterback Jarin Morikawa, who returned Oct. 15 from a broken wrist, and a continued improvement from their running game.


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