Southern 28, Alabama State 21: Three and out _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern’s Rhaheim Ledbetter, left, Dionte McDuffy, center, and Blake Monroe celebrate after an interception against Alabama State on Saturday A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Jaguars can win the Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division with victories in each of their final three regular-season games.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

Southern’s recent success, and the three-game homestand that started Saturday, don’t guarantee anything. If the Jaguars play like they did for much of Saturday night, they could lose any of their remaining games. They gave up big plays to ASU and sputtered offensively but settled down enough to hold off the mistake-prone Hornets.

2. TRENDING NOW

The Jaguars passing game. Reggie Travis made nine catches for 153 yards, and nearly every one was a key play. He had a 23-yard touchdown on third down and a 43-yard catch that enabled Southern to run out the clock. Willie Quinn had 100 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. Austin Howard completed 25 of 47 passes for 291 yards.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite struggling for much of the game, Southern made big plays when they counted most. The Jaguars forced four turnovers, converted key third downs in the second half, forced three straight three-and-outs late and ran out the clock in a one-score game. As a result, they still control their fate in the SWAC West with three games left.