Southern rallies to top Alabama State 31-28; will face JSU in SWAC title game

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks with his players during a Nov. 1 game against Texas Southern at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The Jaguars begin their season at 6 p.m. Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks with his players during a Nov. 1 game against Texas Southern at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The Jaguars begin their season at 6 p.m. Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Southern got a 43-yard field goal from Greg Pittman with 18 seconds left and recovered a late fumble to clinch a 31-28 comeback victory over Alabama State on Saturday afternoon at New ASU Stadium.

The Jaguars (6-4, 6-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) entered Saturday’s game having already clinched the Western Division title. They prevailed without their leading receiver, Lee Doss, who was suspended for violation of unspecified team rules.

Southern also learned Saturday that it will face Jackson State in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Houston.

JSU clinched the Eastern Division title Saturday with a comeback win over Alabama A&M.