Texas Southern has played multiple quarterbacks in every game this season and used three in its game against Grambling last week.
Against Southern on Saturday night, though, the Tigers stuck with Jamal Small the entire first half and found itself down just a point at halftime. Small completed 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards in the first 30 minutes, but the second half was a different story.
Homer Causey replaced Small during TSU’s first possession of the third quarter and he was intercepted by Danny Johnson, leading to a Jaguars field goal. Causey was injured on the next possession and Jay Cristophe replaced him, then Small returned.
None of the quarterbacks could get anything going as the Jaguars shut out the Tigers and held them to 66 yards in the second half.
“We knew what we were going to get from the quarterbacks,” linebacker Brian McCain said. “We knew every quarterback’s strength and every quarterback’s weakness.”
Small finished 11-of-22 for 117 yards; Christophe threw incompletions on all three of his passes; and Causey’s only pass was the interception.
Causey rushed two times for 10 yards, Small rushed 11 times for 8 yards and Christophe once for 3.
Jaguars change QB routine
Southern deviated a bit from its usual quarterback rotation also.
The Jaguars have played two quarterbacks in every game for which Austin Howard and Deonte Shorts have been healthy. But usually the changes have come at the start of series.
On the Jaguars’ first possession Saturday, Howard played the first three snaps, then was replaced by Shorts, who played the remaining seven plays on what turned into a touchdown drive.
Howard returned to start the next possession and Shorts didn’t play again in the first half. But Shorts started the second half before being relieved by Howard during the second possession.
It worked out as Howard was an efficient 15-of-25 for 177 yards. Shorts was 1-of-2 for 8 yards and ran once for 10 yards.
TE Jones catches on
Tight end Montrell Jones is an unlikely candidate to be Southern’s leading receiver, but that’s just what he was Saturday night.
Jones, who had just five catches coming into the game, caught four for 66 yards. The wide receivers combined for just seven catches.
Tigers short on conversions
The Tigers converted just twice in 15 third downs and once on four fourth downs. The one fourth-down conversion came on an ad-lib on a botched punt.
TSU goes without top runner
Texas Southern hoped to have injured tailback Daveonn Porter back, but he didn’t play.
Porter ranks fourth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in rushing yards per game (91.9). He was replaced by Jimmy Potepa, who finished with 59 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes.
Jaguars unbeaten at home
The Jaguars improved to 5-0 at home this season and won for the 10th time in its last 11 SWAC games overall.