JACKSON, Ms. (BRPROUD.com) – Southern played on ESPN for the first time in program history, during its matchup against Jackson State in the BoomBox Classic. The Jags played previously on the network’s sister stations, such as ESPN2 and ESPNU. However, the Blue and Gold stepped on the national stage Saturday afternoon, and the Jaguars didn’t disappoint.
Scoring on the opening possession of the game, successfully kicking an onside kick in the first quarter, reverse plays for big gains and defensive dominance highlighted Southern’s performance against the Tigers, and head coach Dawson Odums was proud of the product his team showed on the field.
“Why not Southern? We been good. Now the world got a chance to see it. We a good football program. We a good institution,” Odums said.
Southern imposed its will on Jackson State. The Jaguars ran for 266 rushing yards, ran in three scores and finished with 42:49 in time of possession.
Defensively, the Jaguars held the Tigers to 309 total yards on offense, and defensive end Jordan Lewis recorded two sacks against JSU quarterback Jalon Jones.
Southern’s performance didn’t just impact the Jaguars’ locker room. “Coach Prime” acknowledged the poise Southern played with in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“They were well coached. They played their butts off. They played with passion. They played with intensity. We didn’t have it, and that’s on me,” JSU head coach Deion Sanders said.
Sanders and Odums pressers were separate. In fact, Southern held its postgame press conference before Jackson State, but Odums uttered words which would become wisdom to a statement Sanders made.
“I told all of them we would come to that point and time in this game where adversity was going hit us, and we gonna see do you really believe,” Sanders said.
“All teams are good until the cross examination begin. Our cross examination happened with UAPB, but what you do from that? Roll your sleeves up and get better. You go to work,” Odums said.
Southern has now won eight straight games against Jackson State, the longest win streak in the history of the BoomBox Classic rivalry.
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