First quarter

ALABAMA STATE: Tim Clark 1 run (Bobby Wenzig kick) at 11:07. DRIVE: 11 plays, 53 yards, 3:53. KEY PLAYS: Alabama State starts at its own 47-yard line after a long return on the opening kickoff by Darius Knox. Devin Dominguez fires to Daniel Duhart for 15 yards. Dominguez hits Clark on a throwback screen for 10 yards. Clark scores easily on a toss on third-and-goal. Alabama State 7, Southern 0.

SOUTHERN: Manuel Canto 38 field goal at 1:43. DRIVE: 10-50-4:20. KEY PLAYS: Sylvester Nzekwe gains 14 yards on Southern’s first play from scrimmage. Joseph scrambles for 11 yards. The team loses 13 yards on back-to-back plays, leading to a field-goal attempt. Alabama State 7, Southern 3.

Second quarter

SOUTHERN: Charles Hawkins 18 pass from J.P. Douglas (kick blocked) at 1:27. DRIVE: 10-76-4:45. KEY PLAYS: Douglas begins his second drive of the day with conversions on back-to-back third downs. Douglas completes passes of 20 and 13 yards to Sylvester Nzekwe. On the touchdown, Douglas throws to Hawkins, who beats his man on a seam route. Southern 9, Alabama State 7.

SOUTHERN: Manuel Canto 20 field goal at :18. DRIVE: 4-46-:24. KEY PLAYS: The drive begins at the Alabama State 2-yard line after SU linebacker Jamie Payton returned a T.C. McWilliams fumble 48 yards. Southern fails to cross the goal line on three straight tries. Southern 12, Alabama State 7.

Third quarter

SOUTHERN: Lee Doss 5 pass from Douglas (Canto kick) at 10:54. DRIVE: 11-75-4:06. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-long, Douglas connects with Hawkins on a 46-yard bomb. On third-and-9, Douglas hits Doss on a slant route for 19 yards. The touchdown comes on second-and-goal, when Douglas makes a back-shoulder throw to Doss in the end zone. Southern 19, Alabama State 7.

Fourth quarter

ALABAMA STATE: Bobby Wenzig 36 field goal at 10:50. DRIVE: 10-75-2:52. KEY PLAYS: Jenkins scrambles 12 yards for first down. Clark breaks free for a 57-yard run. SU linebacker Demetrius Bentley drops Jenkins for a 9-yard loss, forcing a field goal. Southern 19, Alabama State 10.

ALABAMA STATE: Landon Jones 32 pass from Greg Jenkins (Wenzig kick). DRIVE: 5-74-:58. KEY PLAYS: Officials flag SU cornerback D’Mekus Cook for pass interference on third-and-10. Clark runs for 16 yards. Jenkins scrambles for 10 yards. On the touchdown, Jenkins breaks a tackle, rolls left and finds Jones, who was behind the secondary, for an easy score. Southern 19, Alabama State 17.

ALABAMA STATE: Tim Clark 5 run (kick failed) at 3:07. DRIVE: 9-73-2:51. KEY PLAYS: Nehemiah Henry makes a 19-yard catch and run on third-and-12. Jenkins fires a 38-yard pass to Nick Andrews. Clark scores easily from 5 yards away. Alabama State 23, Southern 19.

SOUTHERN: Brian McCain 1 run (Canto kick) at :09. DRIVE: 10-73-2:59. KEY PLAYS: Douglas begins the drive with a 17-yard pass to LaQuinton Evans, then throws to Hawkins for a short gain. On fourth-and-3, Douglas finds Hawkins for a first down. Douglas then hits Mike Berry on a post pattern for a 27-yard gain to the Alabama State 12. On third-and-inches at the 3, Douglas gains a first down on a short sneak. Three plays later, McCain dives over the goal line. Southern 26, Alabama State 23.

FINAL SCORE: Southern 26, Alabama St. 23.

RECORDS: Southern 4-6, 4-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference; Alabama State 7-3, 7-2


UP NEXT: Southern is idle. The Jaguars face Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 26.

Alabama State is idle. The Hornets face Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic on Nov. 24.

Perryn Keys