Saturday, October 15, 2016

Southern hangs on to beat rival Jackson State 28-24, stay undefeated in SWAC play

JACKSON, Mississippi — Unlike its first two Southwestern Athletic Conference games, Southern did not turn in a pretty performance Saturday.

The result was still the same, though.

Despite ending up on the wrong end of the turnover battle and making a bevy of mistakes that allowed Jackson State to stay in the game until the end, Southern beat its rival 28-24 to stay undefeated in league play.

Despite a series of costly mistakes, Southern (3-2, 3-0) went to the locker room at halftime clinging to a four-point lead.

Southern held Jackson State to a three-and-out on its first possession of the game, then wasted no time going to work on offense.

The Jaguars turned to their star offensive players to get them off to a fast start, exclusively putting the ball in the hands of Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn on the first drive. They needed two minutes and six plays to cover 69 yards, culminating with a 6-yard scoring run by Tillery.


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