Southern suffers worst loss to PV since 2015, Jags now third in SWAC West

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BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jaguars’ defense gave up more than 500 total yards of offense for the second time in the last three games. Prairie View A&M dominated the defenders of Gold and Blue through the air and on the ground, and what was a close 21-14 third quarter duel, turned into the Jaguars’ worst loss against the Panthers since 2015.

“Not good enough. Not good enough effort. Spot the ball. It doesn’t really matter. Just put the ball down and play. We can’t look at the scoreboard or how many snaps that you’re taking. You still have to stop ’em, and when it’s time to get a crucial stop, you have to stop ’em,” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.

“They came out and did exactly what we expected them to do. They got a good start headed early. I feel like, as the game went on, we kind of let off the gas. We weren’t physically and mentally prepared for a four quarter game,” linebacker Ray Anderson added.

The Panthers racked up 504 total yards of offense, but the defense can’t take full blame for the loss. The Jaguars’ offense finished with 250 yards, not even half of Prairie View A&M’s total. Outside of a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquis McClain, Southern might not have reached 200 yards of offense, but the opening drive of the third quarter became the turning point for the homecoming loss.

“Turnovers. Turnovers are momentum killers and momentum gainers. In the second half, the first drive out we turn the ball over; and give them a short field; and that gives them a two-score lead. You can’t give a good team those advantages,” Rollins said.

“Most of that stuff is just execution. I dropped the ball out there, gotta catch it. It’s just the little things that we need to hone on, and we’ll be fine,” McClain stated.

The last time Southern gave up 48 points to a SWAC opponent was 2017, against a school the Jaguars will face next week: Alcorn.

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