How Southern-Alabama State scored

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern wide receiver Lee Doss (2) is congratulated by Southern fullback Brian McCain (45) after his touchdown catch to make cut Alabama State's lead to 28-13 in the first half Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Buy this photo
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern wide receiver Lee Doss (2) is congratulated by Southern fullback Brian McCain (45) after his touchdown catch to make cut Alabama State's lead to 28-13 in the first half Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

First quarter

Alabama State: Malcolm Cyrus 29 run (Bobby Wenzig kick) at 13:26. DRIVE: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:34. KEY PLAYS: Star tailback Isaiah Crowell rips off a 29-yard run on a second-and-10. Quarterback Greg Jenkins hits Landon Jones for a 14-yard gain. Cyrus carries a pile of defenders into the end zone for the score. Alabama State 7, Southern 0.

Alabama State: Isaiah Crowell 53 run (Wenzig kick) at 8:40. DRIVE: 5-86-1:17. KEY PLAY: Crowell breaks an arm tackle near the line of scrimmage, then turns upfield and races down the sideline for an easy score. Alabama State 14, Southern 0.

Southern: Charles Hawkins 60 pass from Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill kick) at 7:45. DRIVE: 2-67-:47. KEY PLAY: Southern unleashes a double-reverse flea flicker, with tailback Terence Clayton flipping to Lee Doss and Doss flipping to Joseph, who fires downfield to a wide-open Hawkins. Hawkins cuts back at the 4 to break a Kejuan Riley tackle. Alabama State 14, Southern 7.

Alabama State: DeMario Bell 55 pass from Greg Jenkins (Wenzig kick) at 2:20. DRIVE: 2-52-:42. KEY PLAY: Jenkins throws to Bell on a simple slant pattern. Bell shakes off a defender, and with no safety deep, easily beats everyone to the end zone. Alabama State 21, Southern 7.

Second quarter

Alabama State: Justin Robinson 5 pass from Jenkins (Wenzig kick) at 13:29. DRIVE: 8-64-1:55. KEY PLAYS: Landon Jones makes a 12-yard catch to move the chains. Cyrus rumbles 29 yards to the 5-yard line. On the touchdown, Jenkins has his choice of two receivers in the end zone after a play-action rollout. Alabama State 28, Southern 7.

Southern: Lee Doss 3 pass from Joseph (Hill kick) at 5:25. DRIVE: 14-92-7:59. KEY PLAYS: Joseph hits Mike Berry for a 35-yard gain. Sylvester Nzekwe gains 9 yards on a draw. Joseph finds Hawkins for a first down on third-and-2. On the touchdown, Joseph rolls left, then sets and fires to Doss in the middle of the end zone. Alabama State 28, Southern 14.

Third quarter

Southern: Hawkins 99 kickoff return (Hill kick) at 14:45. KEY PLAY: Hawkins takes the kickoff, breaks left and bursts through a mass of bodies at the 30, then accelerates to the end zone. Alabama State 28, Southern 21.

Southern: Hill 35 field goal at 7:29. DRIVE: 6-38-2:08. KEY PLAYS: The drive begins when Corry Roy recovers an Alabama State fumble. Joseph follows with a 27-yard pass to Doss and an 11-yard pass to Nzekwe. Alabama State 28, Southern 24.

Alabama State: Wenzig 26 field goal at 2:53. DRIVE: 12-55-4:30. KEY PLAYS: Crowell gains 3 yards on third-and-2. Jenkins throws passes of 13 yards to Jones and Marcus Gamble for 17 yards. Southern holds on third-and-8 from the 10-yard line. Alabama State 31, Southern 24.

Fourth quarter

Southern: Doss 3 pass from Joseph (pass failed) at :20. DRIVE: 11-74-2:45. KEY PLAYS: Joseph throws for gains of 15 yards to Doss and 14 yards to Berry. Nzekwe breaks free for 20 yards. Joseph scrambles three times, then hits Doss on fourth-and-2. On the touchdown, Joseph throws left to Doss at the goal line for 6 yards. The two-point conversion fails when Joseph throws short to a wide-open Rashaun Allen. Alabama State 31, Southern 30.

Final score: Alabama State 31, Southern 30.

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

Attendance: 14,220

Up next: Southern is idle. The Jaguars face Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 24. Alabama State is idle. The Hornets face Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic on Nov. 22.

Perryn Keys