BATON ROUGE, La – Southern University (4-2, 3-1) held off Alcorn State (3-3, 2-1) to seal a 21-17 victory and move atop the SWAC West.

Despite jumping out to a 14-point lead in the first half, the Jaguar offense went cold. That’s when head coach Eric Dooley’s “Dog Day Defense” stepped up, limiting the Braves to just 3 second half points.

The biggest play of the game on a 4th & 1 with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter. Alcorn went to transfer-running back Jarveon Howard up the middle, but he was stifled at the line of scrimmage by Trey Liang and Tahj Brown.

After the measurement revealed he was short, the Southern sideline and home crowd lit up, and started a celebration that really got going after a first down run by Jerodd Simms sealed the game.

“That was top three.” Dooley said when asked where he’d rank the celebration

The first year head coach knows what comes with being at the top from his time at the helm in Prairie View and also on legendary Coach Pete Richardson’s staff at the turn of the century.

“Well now we know they’re coming after us, no question about it. Now how do we handle success as a team? Do we rest on that and understand what we did right there? No we keep pressing them”

Quarterback BeSean McCray continued his improvement on the season, as he finished 12/19 for 199 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Freshman running back Karl Ligon had his best game of the year with 16 rushes for 92 yards and a 39-yard touchdown run.

Senior defensive back Corione Harris showed why he was brought in to Dooley’s program. He led the Jags with 10 tackles and notched his third interception of the year in the first quarter.

Freshman sensation Ckelby Givens contributed two tackles for loss, including a sack, and Laing added 1.5 tackles for loss, with a 9-yard sack.

Up next, Southern returns to A.W. Mumford Stadium for homecoming against Virginia-Lynchburg.