Southern (6-4, 6-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) has an open date before finishing the season against Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Grambling, 8-2 and 8-0, also has an open date after clinching the SWAC West division with a 49-31 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.
Austin Howard passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Lenard Tillery rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and Malcolm Crockett ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Jaguars routed Alabama A&M 46-7 in their home finale last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern outgained the Bulldogs 631-110 in a thoroughly dominant performance.
Sophomore DE Aaron Tiller dedicated his performance to his recently deceased grandmother and had four tackles for loss, including three sacks. On the last two sacks he forced fumbles and teammate Gabe Echols recovered the second one at the A&M 20, setting up a Jaguars touchdown.
“I think the offense was clicking the way it should be. We did a little bit of everything tonight.” — Howard, after the Jaguars ran for 280 yards and passed for 351.
Keep an eye on
The defense. It has been an up-and-down season for the defense, but the unit had one of its best games of the season against the Bulldogs. The 110 yards allowed were the second-fewest by the defense, which was stingy against both the run (73 yards) and the pass (37 yards). Southern has two weeks to prepare for Grambling, which leads the SWAC in scoring and is second in total offense.
The offense not only had its second-highest yardage output of the season (631), it spread the ball around about as much as it possibly could have. The Jaguars had two 100-yard rushers in Tillery and Crockett and five other players gained yards on the ground. Ten different players caught passes, including two who made their first catches of the season — freshman TE Austin Opara and sophomore WR Lemuel Ausama. … For the second consecutive game, Southern established a season-high in time of possession. The Jaguars had the ball for 37 minutes, 28 seconds, surpassing the 35:44 they had in a 57-24 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff a week earlier. … The Jaguars had a huge margin in first downs, gaining 34 (second-most this season) and allowing 11 (second-fewest). The margin was the largest this season. … For the second consecutive game, Southern was perfect in the red zone, scoring four touchdowns in four trips. Against UAPB, it scored six touchdowns in six trips.