Sunday, November 6, 2016

Texas Southern vs. Southern: Defense delivers for Jaguars

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Just as quickly as the door opened, Southern’s defense slammed it shut.

Saturday was an off night for the Jaguars offense as they tried to gain traction against Texas Southern, but their defense took advantage of the opportunity to step up.

The Tigers picked up their only touchdown on an interception return, and Southern’s defense nearly picked up a shutout. The Jaguars gave their offense all the time it needed to find its footing in a 26-10 win at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

“If you can keep people out of the end zone, you‘ve got a chance to win football games,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “We gave up some yards, but overall we did a good job of limiting them on third down. Texas Southern made some plays, but we had timely turnovers.”

Two of those turnovers came after Texas Southern drove inside the SU 20-yard line. Tre’Veon Epps made a diving interception to turn back a second-quarter TSU drive. In the third quarter, Danny Johnson stepped in front of TSU’s Malik Webb to stop another drive.

Texas Southern’s lone offensive points came in the third quarter after the Tigers had first-and-goal at the SU 7. TSU went backward and eventually settled for Eric Medina’s 32-yard field goal.


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