Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Southern making the most of its red zone opportunities in SWAC play

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Here is a statistic that should explain, in part, Southern’s offensive outburst in its first two games against SWAC teams.

While averaging 61.5 points per game against Alabama State and Alabama A&M, Southern had 10 drives that penetrated the opponent’s 20-yard line, an area defined as the red zone.

Eight of those drives resulted in touchdowns. The other two ended in field goals, though those drives came toward the end of the game when the outcome was already well in hand.

“We need to get down there some more,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “That’s not bad.”

Beyond being not bad, it’s a big improvement from early in the season, when Southern showed an ability to drive the ball on both UL-Monroe and Tulane but an inability to finish the drives.

The Jaguars managed to punch in only three of their six red-zone opportunities for touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season, settling for momentum-killing field goals twice and turning it over one other time.


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