Southern travels to Arkansas-Pine Bluff Saturday. A year after finishing 10-2 and winning the Western Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Lions are looking for their first victory this season.
Southern was able to overcome various distractions Saturday night to pick up a 20-17 double-overtime victory over Alabama A&M. The Jaguars jumped out to a 14-0 lead just minutes into the game but didn’t score again until the game’s final play of regulation when placekicker Matt Hill connected on a 37-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime. The Southern defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the two overtime periods, allowing the Jaguar offense to help set up Hill’s 37-yard field goal to win the game.
A year after missing an extra point attempt in overtime against Alabama A&M allowing the Bulldogs to escape with a 24-23 victory, Hill redeemed himself Saturday night with two clutch kicks. He sent the contest into overtime on the game’s final play of regulation when he connected on a 37-yard field goal attempt and ended the chaotic night in double overtime with another 37-yard field goal. Hill replaced sophomore Gregg Pittman as the team’s placekicker Saturday after Pittman sustained a hip injury leading up to the game.
“The guys were hungry (during the delay), but not for the win, but for food. They were snacking on all kind of snacks. That delay is tough on the body and the mind, but that just shows what kind of mindset we have.”
Southern coach Dawson Odums
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Junior linebacker Daniel Brown collected eight tackles and was credited with half a sack Saturday and leads the Jaguars in both categories this season.
With Saturday’s SWAC results — specifically Southern’s overtime victory and Prairie View’s 48-42 overtime loss to Alabama State — the Jaguars are alone atop the Western Division of the SWAC. The Jaguars notched a 62-59 victory over Prairie View last month.