TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the second week in a row, Southern started off slow and were unable to complete a comeback on the road as they fell to FAMU, 30-16.

Despite outgaining in the Rattlers in total yards, the Jags real struggles came in the red zone. Southern made three trips inside the 20 yard line, yet did not find the end zone.

For the Rattlers, Jeremy Moussa looked very poised in the pocket, and whenever they needed a big run, their backs delivered.

This loss really stings for SU, as Prairie View fell on Friday. If Southern was able to come away with a win, they would move back into sole possession of the SWAC West and be trending towards the conference title game. Now they need another Prairie View loss and to win their remaining two games.

A lot of long faces on the sideline as the Jaguars walked off the field, yet head coach Eric Dooley actually appreciated the emotion his guys showed.

“A lot of folks think that’s bad. I think that’s good because it has to mean something to you. You know, if you can come off the field and lose a big game of this magnitude and you don’t have a feeling, then more than likely to have the wrong person. But I know what kind of team I have. Those guys are passionate about what they doing and it really, really hit home for them because they understood it was right there.” Dooley said.

“It’s really speechless like we knew what the game was worth. Fell short. This hurts.” Quarterback BeSean McCray said.

Southern is now 5-4 on the season, and 3-3 in the SWAC. They play their final home game Saturday against Mississippi Valley State at 2pm.

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