Mississippi Valley State is 0-3 after a painful defeat Saturday that saw the Delta Devils outscored 28-7 in the second half in their 35-28 loss to Alcorn State. The Delta Devils were led by quarterback Patrick Ivy, who passed for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 79 yards. On the other hand, Southern is riding high off a dramatic come-from-behind victory Saturday against Prairie View, salvaging its season for the time being.
Staring at the possibility of an 0-3 start, the Jaguars managed to rally from a 35-13 deficit to score 42 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in their 62-59 victory.
Yet the Jaguars still have to find a way to slow down the opposition’s rushing attack. After allowing 564 yards combined in their first two games, Southern actually regressed in that area Saturday.
PV GASHED THE JAGUARS FOR 419 YARDS ON THE GROUND, INCLUDING 224 YARDS AND THREE TDS FROM COURTNEY BROWN.
Despite being suspended for the first quarter Saturday, senior wide receiver Lee Doss set a career high with 214 receiving yards to go with three touchdowns, including his game-winning 24-yard reception in the second overtime that gave SU the win.
The three touchdowns were his first scores of the season.
“As Southern Jaguars, we face adversity every other week. We have guys being ruled ineligible, finding out just before kickoff. Two injuries to key players, and that’s when you have to step up. Just keep believing, that’s what I kept yelling on the sideline.”
Dray Joseph, SU quarterback
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Freshman running back Lenard Tillery made his debut Saturday, with 16 carries for 75 with three touchdowns, including a 33-yard TD run in the second quarter.
THE JAGUARS HAVE BEEN WITHOUT A 1,000-YARD RUSHER FOR THE SEASON SINCE 2003. TILLERY, FROM MCKINLEY HIGH, POSSESSES THE DYNAMIC COMBINATION OF SPEED AND POWER, CAPABLE OF SHOULDERING A 1,000-YARD SEASON ON THE GROUND.
“HE RUNS WITH ELUSIVENESS AND POWER,” COACH DAWSON ODUMS SAID.
Former Southern coach Stump Mitchell was fired after last season’s disappointing 6-0 defeat to Valley at home and in front of a national TV audience two games into last season. Odums was named interim head coach following the firing. …The Southern defense was able to force its first turnover of the season Saturday, causing three fumbles and recovering two of them.