NEW ORLEANS, La — The Jaguars won the Bayou Classic 34-17 against Grambling State, to take the all-time series lead, 25-24. But more importantly, they win the SWAC West and will face Jackson State in the conference championship game.

A 20-point fourth quarter that saw two defensive touchdowns and starting quarterback BeSean McCray score on a 22-yard run ultimately shifted the energy in favor of Southern.

Despite a rough offensive showing at times, SU head coach Eric Dooley saw the “definition” of what he wants from his starter.

“I’m not looking for a quarterback to manage the game, but one to win the game, and he took that on his shoulders to make sure whatever he needed to do.” Dooley said.

The rushing score sparked Southern, yet McCray knew his defense was necessary to put the game away.

“What’s crazy is I challenged the defense. So after I came up with my touchdown, I told defense I need a stop. And I said, But I think we better than a stop we need turnovers. Then they scored a touchdown.” McCray said.

“You want to play football like that, you know, just playing on big impact plays like that. You know, just get everybody and the momentum going to our side.” Graduate defensive lineman Jason Dumas said.

The Jags now have an opportunity to avenge a 35-0 shutout they suffered in Jackson, Mississippi over a month ago and also bring the SWAC trophy back to The Bluff.

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