1. WHAT WE LEARNED
It could be a long time before anyone breaks Lenard Tillery’s career rushing record at Southern. Tillery broke Steve Wofford’s 17-year-old record on a 39-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Saturday and finished with his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and a career total of 3,050. He still has the Bayou Classic against Grambling in two weeks and his entire senior season next year to extend his record. By the way, no Jaguar has had three 1,000-yard seasons.
2. TRENDING NOW
Sophomore DE Aaron Tiller was almost unblockable. He had a game-high three sacks for minus-20 yards. He set the tone on Southern’s first defensive series when he dropped Damion May for a 4-yard loss on fourth-and-4 from the Jaguars 27. He sacked May three times for losses of 5, 7 and 8 yards. He forced fumbles on the last two sacks — and on the final one, nose guard Gabe Echols recovered at the Bulldogs 20, setting up a second-quarter touchdown.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Southern is losing a lot of experience in the 23 seniors who played their last home game Saturday. That group includes 11 starters, but numerous underclassmen demonstrated that they’re prepared to take on the challenge of replacing the seniors. Tillery, Tiller, QB Austin Howard, WR Randall Menard, WR Willie Quinn and DB Andrea Augustine all had significant performances among the underclassmen.