Southern plays its final home game of the season when it meets Clark Atlanta in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Clark is coming off a 35-28 victory against Edward Waters (Fla.) on Saturday.
Southern overcame a 21-7 second-quarter deficit to defeat Alabama State 31-28 on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. Dray Joseph threw four touchdown passes, three of which went to Mike Jones in his first multiple-touchdown-reception game. The Jaguars defense allowed just seven points in the last 2½ quarters. Jaleel Richardson had a 64-yard kickoff return after the Hornets had tied the score at 28 with a little more than a minute to play. That led to Gregory Pittman’s career-long 43-yard field goal, which was a game-winner with 18 seconds remaining. Southern overcame a season-worst 16 penalties, thanks in part to ASU committing 15 penalties.
Jones assumed the role of primary receiver in place of Lee Doss, who was serving a one-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. Jones’ three touchdowns came on passing plays that covered 68, 74 and 13 yards as he consistently beat the Hornets press coverage and got behind cornerbacks for big-gainers. He finished with five catches for 211 yards.
“We preach every day, ‘defense, offense has got your back, offense, defense has got your back, and special teams has got everybody’s back.’ ”
Arthur Miley, Southern defensive end
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DE Christian Allen made some of the biggest plays of the game. He had two sacks, splitting the Jaguars’ four evenly with Miley. He had one sack in the first quarter and another in the fourth while he was being held. He also forced and recovered a fumble by ASU QB Daniel Duhart to seal the victory with 11 seconds remaining. Allen finished with four tackles.
Even though ASU ran more plays than Southern (77-69) and gained more first downs (20-18), the Jaguas were more efficient and managed to possess the ball for 33 minutes, three seconds, compared to the Hornets’ 26:57. That helped Southern slow down the second-most productive offense in the SWAC.