Sunday, October 16, 2016

Southern notebook: Quinn's record setting return called back for taunting penalty

JACKSON, Mississippi — For a moment, senior receiver Willie Quinn had not only swung the momentum of the game decidedly in Southern’s favor, but he tied a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) record for career return touchdowns.

There was a minute left in the first half when Quinn took a kickoff 85 yards down the left sideline and into the endzone, momentarily giving Southern a 27-17 lead and responding to Jackson State’s blocked punt touchdown.

But the referees flagged Quinn for taunting, deeming that Quinn pointed the ball behind him at Jackson State before crossing the goal line.

“He was pointing while he was running,” Odums said. “If you get called for unsportsmanlike taunting before you enter the endzone, it’s a spot foul from right there.”

The touchdown was taken off the board, and it came back to bite the Jaguars.


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