JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State’s defense showed why they are at the top of almost every statistical category in the SWAC after they shutout Southern 35-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback BeSean McCray had his second least productive outing of the season for the Jaguars with only 85 passing yards, an interception, and 7 rushing yards on 16 attempts.

Even when the SUfound opportunities to score early in the game after stopping JSU on 4th down twice, they did not convert. Sophomore kicker Joshua Griffin’s first field goal attempt was blocked and his second missed right. Both kicks occurred in the first quarter when the Jags could have taken a lead.

Head coach Eric Dooley recognized his team failed to make the most of their chances.

“We did not seize the moment. Well, we didn’t take care of the things that we need to. We dug ourselves in a hole. But the only person can get you out of that hole is us and we’ve got to come up out of it.” Dooley said.

Shedeur Sanders proved that he’s the real deal when it comes to quarterback. He finished with 194 yards and a touchdown through the air. He wasn’t afraid to use his legs when he needed, as he added over 50 yards on the ground and two rushing scores.

His defense held up their end of the game. The Tigers held Dooley’s offense to just 221 yards

“I think we did okay. Just that their defense was that much better. Were we doing okay, but they were a great defense, so we can’t play okay against a great defense.” McCray said.

This makes Southern’s path to the SWAC Championship much more challenging. They will have to win out, and hope for both Prairie View A&M to lose another game.

Next week the Jags travel to Tallahassee to face off against Florida A&M.

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