Saturday, November 19, 2016

Total team effort leads Southern past Mississippi Valley State 55-0, into Bayou Classic with perfect SWAC record

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern extended its win streak to eight games in dominating fashion, beating Mississippi Valley State 55-0 in its 2016 home finale.

Dominating might not be strong enough of a word. Southern (8-2, 8-0) held MVSU (1-10, 1-8) to just 68 yards of total offense as it rolled up 555 yards of its own.

“Tonight, it was like something clicked with our guys, and what a perfect time for it to happen,” Odums said. “You want to be playing inspired football, motivated football, in November.”

The defense turned in its first shutout against a SWAC team since 2008 against Alabama State, and it the Delta Devils didn’t really get close enough to sniff a point. The Jaguars allowed just six first downs in the game, and MVSU ran a grand total of four plays in Southern territory.

The Delta Devils’ longest drive of the game was an eight-play, 18-yard slog that ended in a fumbled snap by the punter.

When getting his first look at his team’s defensive performance in the box score after the game, Odums asked, “You sure that ain’t a misprint?”


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