BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Despite a week full of distractions, the Jaguars were able to take care of business on homecoming night in dominating fashion. Southern notched their fourth straight win, this time over Virginia Lynchburg 51-7, with both sides of the ball really getting after it.

The offense accrued over 600 yards, 27 1st downs and averaged 8.3 yards per play. The defense wreaked havoc in the backfield with 8 sacks and made Lynchburg finish with -27 rushing yards.

Even with 11 players out for suspension, it wasn’t a problem.

Southern flexed their depth tonight. Head coach Eric Dooley came away impressed with his young guys and other players who may not see the field as much.

“Here’s what I tell the guys that’s playing in front, they’re only one play away. What I mean by that, you get those guys an opportunity, you may not get it back. And that’s what we want to build here. We feel that guys can play whatever team they are. And I don’t like to say first, second, third string. I believe I have an offensive unit and a defensive unit.” Dooley said.

While the backups flourished tonight, starter BeSean McCray still got his highlights. 286 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go along with a rushing score. Next week, he faces his toughest SWAC test yet with Jackson State, and an opportunity to flex the muscles against another great quarterback in Shedeur Sanders.