Southern outscored Texas Southern 19-0 in the second half to pull away from a halftime tie and defeat Texas Southern 40-21 Saturday afternoon in rain-soaked BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Jaguars forced a fumble that led to a field goal, blocked a punt for a safety and drove to two touchdowns in a dominant second half.

Lenard Tillery rushed for a career-high 196 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Southern, which had a season-high nine sacks on defense.

The Jaguars, 4-3 and 4-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, host Alcorn State next Saturday. The Tigers are 3-4 and 2-4.