BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern’s 38-35 win against Alcorn marked the most points the Jaguars scored against the Braves, since the Gold and Blue last beat Alcorn in 2016.
The main difference was Jags’ offensive coordinator Zack Grossi moving from the press box to the sideline, and the communication from the bench showed on the field. The difference was moving the chains. Southern won third down 70 percent of the time and the offense’s ability to stay on the field sealed the win Saturday night.
“The biggest key to the ball game is 14-of-20 on third down. If you can convert 14-of-20 third downs, you’re staying on the field and possessing the ball, and also, when you can take the ball away, you have those takeaways. You give our offense more possessions,” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.
“It’s a great feeling, just being able to stay on the field. It give defense time to rest. It gets the offense flowing, gets us in a groove, and I think that’s what we need,” quarterback Glendon McDaniel added.
One of the biggest contributors to Southern’s third down success was wide receiver Colif Gossett.
The UL-Lafayette transfer had three catches for a season high 72 yards, and all three of his receptions resulted in first downs, including a 42-yard bomb in the fourth quarter.
“That play was big. Well, I could say it won us the game. A lot of plays won us the game, but that was huge. I trust him so he going get the ball,” McDaniel furthered.
“It was good to see that happen because it was progressing in practice, progressing in practice, and then finally, it showed its head in a game, which he had a great week of practice again. We had confidence that he’ll make those plays come Saturday,” Rollins said.
The Jags face the conference’s second best total defense when FAMU comes to A.W. Mumford Stadium for the first time since 2008.
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