PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Lenard Tillery did it to Prairie View again.
The Southern running back ran for 135 yards and a 36-yard touchdown run that jump-started the Jaguars’ wire-to-wire 34-24 victory against Prairie View on Saturday night at Blackshear Stadium.
Almost exactly a year ago, Tillery rushed for three touchdowns as the Jaguars beat the Panthers 62-59 in double overtime in Mumford Stadium.
Tillery finished with 24 carries and twice limped off in the fourth quarter because of cramps.
“I just need to condition myself better so it doesn’t happen again,” Tillery said. “The other guys came in and finished it for me.”
John West had 10 carries for 28 yards and Herb Edwards ran three times for 8 yards.
Malcolm Crockett and Jamarcus Jarvis already were sidelined by ankle injuries, and Tyre Bracken, who started Saturday, was lost for the night because of a shoulder injury in the first quarter.
Pittman’s season debut
Southern kicker Greg Pittman made his season debut after rehabbing from preseason knee surgery.
Pittman injured the meniscus in his kicking knee during preseason camp and had arthroscopic surgery.
He handled all the kickoffs and made his first two field goals — from 39 and 30 yards — and all four of his PATs.
He missed a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as he tried to hit a chip shot, but left it just short as the ball hit the crossbar and bounced into the end zone.
Soden bounces back
Paul Randle Soden, who was replaced by Murphy Nash III after two punts last week, did all the punting Saturday and had a solid game.
He averaged 38.3 yards on seven punts with a long of 48, and he had one downed at the Prairie View 1.
Back to campus
Southern made its first appearance at Blackshear Stadium on the Prairie View campus for the first time since 1967 when the Panthers won 20-3.
Recent Prairie View home games in the series have been at the Astrodome, the University of Houston, in Dallas and Shreveport to accommodate crowds larger than Blackshear’s 5,000-seat capacity.
Prairie View plays in a somewhat larger venue next Saturday when it meets Grambling in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the annual Southwest State Fair Classic.
Saturday’s game marked the second straight win for SU against Prairie View. The Panthers won six of seven games in the series from 2006-12.
Prairie View coach Heishma Northern is a former Southern player who is 1-2 in games against his alma mater.
Three of Northern’s assistants — offensive coordinator Mark Orlando, defensive coordinator Cliff Yoshida and cornerbacks coach Raasaan Haralson — are all former Jaguars assistants. Haralson, a native of Baton Rouge, was a teammate of Northern’s at Southern and was an assistant coach at LSU.
On the road again
Three groups are offering bus trips to Southern’s game at Alcorn State next Saturday.
All three groups are offering packages for $80 person that include, food, refreshments and game tickets.
For information on the LW Express trip, call Lisa White at (225) 408-9928. For information on The Blue & Gold Fan Club trip, contact Craig Pierre at (225) 324-7234 or Robert Square at (225) 931-4052. For information on the SU Quarterback Club trip, visit southernuniversityqbclub.com or call Jonathan Dearbone at (225) 572-5878, Reginald Jarvis at (225) 939-5906 or Robert Brown at (225) 287-8385.