The Southern rush defense had been much maligned through the first four games of the season, and rightfully so. The Jaguars had given up 257.2 yards per game, including 419 yards on the ground to Prairie View two weeks ago.
The Tigers racked up an average of 174.5 rushing yards per game, good for third-best in the conference.
However, just as they had done the week before, Southern’s rush defense limited the high-powered rushing attack of Jackson State to a mere 58 yards at the half.
Jackson State came out in the second half seeking to establish its rushing attack with four straight running plays producing 25 total yards.
Following a Southern turnover at the 9-yard line, Moore sneaked the ball into the end zone five plays later for a 2-yard touchdown run shifting the score to 13-7 in favor of the Tigers.
Southern junior wide receiver Sam Altman and All-Southwestern Athletic Conference cornerback Virgil Williams returned to action on Saturday.
Both players missed last week’s matchup against Mississippi Valley State with rib injuries.
During Tuesday’s weekly media luncheon, coach Dawson Odums said if there were a switch he could flip for his offense in the first quarter, he would turn it on then and not wait until the second half.
The Jaguars offense continued its pattern of sluggish beginnings again Saturday as Jackson State held Southern scoreless on just 140 yards through the first 27 minutes.
The score marked Tillery’s fifth rushing touchdown of the season and the longest rush of his career.
Southern junior offensive lineman Zach Brown recorded his first career reception Saturday. Brown was on the receiving end of an 8-yard completion after hauling in a ricochet off the hands of Southern receiver Lee Doss.
Three SWAC teams entered Saturday unbeaten in conference play: Southern, Jackson State and Alcorn State.
Alcorn State lost to Alabama State 49-30, leaving Jackson State as the lone unbeaten school remaining in conference play.
With the Jaguars idle next week, the organization ‘A Nation of Dominance’ is sponsoring a fish fry on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gate 14 on the east side of A.W. Mumford Stadium. The organization is charging $7 a plate, and all fans are invited to attend.
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