BATON ROUGE, La. – 2016. Five years ago was the last time Southern beat Alcorn. For the better part of the last decade, the Braves dominated the Jaguars, and coming off their worst conference loss in six seasons, the Gold and Blue faced a daunting task.
However, Southern rose to the occasion on both sides of the ball, and the Jaguars began a back-and-forth affair with their new divisional foe. The Jags never trailed, but the Braves tied the game four different times.
With five seconds left, Southern put both the game and its pride on the line with freshman kicker Luke Jackson, and he nailed a 47-yard, walk-off field goal.
“I knew we had a great operation, a great o-line that blocks for me, and I know I had a great holder and a great snapper. God was on my side. It felt good off my foot, and I knew it was going in,” Jackson said.
“He’s been doing really well in practice. He was just waiting for his opportunity; and he finally go this opportunity; and he came through. When it went up, you can hear it off his foot, and it was right in the middle of the field so before I just said ‘kick it straight, Luke. Just kick it straight,'” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.
Jackson can thank the Jaguars’ offense for his Kodak moment. Southern went 14-of-20 on third down, and quarterback Glendon McDaniel finished the game with 314 total yards of offense.
“I just was giving it my all, and I knew on them third downs, those big third downs, we had to stay on the field. I just had to make a play. What we put on the field last week is not the standard, and we all know that. We just tried to build this week and know what’s at stake. We gotta go to work,” McDaniel said.
“It was good to see sustained drives. It was good to see us stay on the field. It was good to see us make plays, contested passes that we caught, running through tackles. It’s always good. Just an overall improvement,” Rollins added.
The biggest difference between Saturday and the previous weekend versus the Panthers was turnovers. The Jaguars never gave the ball away on offense.
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