As far as Herb Edwards is concerned, he scored two touchdowns against Prairie View A&M — no question about it — the box score says so and he's sticking with that story.
Edwards was not interested in the compelling evidence showing him fumbling several yards shy of the goal line on his second touchdown of the night, a play that the Southwestern Conference Athletic officials could not review after deciding Edwards crossed the line before fumbling.
It was clearly a blown call — though it wasn’t necessarily clear from replay whether, after the fumble, the ball went out of bounds before crossing the goal line.
Had officials correctly ruled that Edwards fumbled before crossing the goal line, Prairie View likely would have taken over at its own 20-yard line on a touchback.
Like Edwards, Southern coach Dawson Odums wasn't interested in whether the right call was made.
“When we were at Jackson State, they said we didn’t catch the ball and called a touchdown back,” Odums said. “You go play (Prairie View), they called it a touchdown. The news showed the film and said he was short. I really believe it works itself out.
“You’re going to win some, and you’re going to lose some. You’re going to get some calls in your favor, and you’re not going to get some calls in your favor.”
Odums asked a reporter in the room, “You tell me, was it a touchdown?”
No, the reporter responded.
“Well, glad you weren’t an official that day,” Odums said.
Winning is great, but Southern coach Dawson Odums is looking for more.
Prairie View supplied both the motivation and the opportunity for Austin Howard to light it up for a season-high 405 passing yards.
The Panthers committed their defense to stopping Southern’s rushing attack, coming out in zero coverage — essentially loading defenders up near the line of scrimmage and leaving their defensive backs alone in man coverage.
Howard took that as a slight.
“When defenses play zero, as a quarterback, that’s disrespectful,” Howard said. “That’s just saying you’re going to have to show what you’re about.
“I look at that pre-snap, I don’t want to run the ball into zero, that’s eight guys in the box and we only have five down linemen and maybe a tight end. Like I said, that’s disrespectful when teams go zero against you, daring you to throw the ball. We made things happen.”
In Southern coach Dawson Odums’ estimation, his club beat Prairie View on Saturday because his best players stepped up to make their best play…
A final send-off
After beating Prairie View and listening to the band play the alma mater, Odums was struck by inspiration.
He had all his underclassmen form two lines on the field, then had his seniors exit A.W. Mumford Stadium for the final time by running through the makeshift tunnel, high-fiving their teammates on the way to the locker room.
“Sometimes you’ve got to make stuff up as you go and embrace the moment,” Odums said. “This is their last home game. We deserved to thank them for leaving this program 8-0 on the (A.W. Mumford Stadium) turf.
“That’s our way of saying thank you to them. They earned that.”
Funeral services set
Funeral services for Dr. Debra Fountain, who died during Southern’s road trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
The Southern University System Foundation set up a memorial fund in Fountain’s name, with all proceeds going toward her family.