JACKSON, Miss. – Bryant Lee passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 58 to lead the Southern University Jaguars to a 35-28 win over the Jackson State University Tigers in a SWAC matchup Saturday night at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. With the loss JSU falls to a 1-4 overall record and picked up its first SWAC loss of the season. Southern improves to a 3-2, 2-0 mark.
The Jaguars got on the score board first as Josh Duran capped a six play, 36 yd drive with a 27 yard field goal at the 3;16 mark in the first quarter. At the 12:10 mark in the second quarter JSU took its only lead of the game when backup Rutlan connected with TE Marcel Frost for a 33 yard TD pass. The play capped a 75 yard drive. Eric Perri’s extra point kick gave the Tigers a 7-3 advantage.
Southern quickly responded with two TDs. SU’s first TD was a 37 yard strike, as Lee hooked up with Stewart at the 8:30 mark in the second. The duo followed that with a 22 yard scoring pass play at the 4:04 mark to take a commanding 16-7 lead.
JSU continued to chip away at the lead by recording a safety heading into half time, making the score 16-9. Southern began the third quarter with a safety of its own, increasing the lead to 18-9. For the remainder of the quarter the two teams traded field goals, JSU’s Perri connected on a 36 yarder and SU’s Durran made a 21 yard field goal.
The Jags opened the fourth with a 12 play, 53 yard drive that was capped with a Kedrick Smith two yard run to make the score 28-12 at the 8:48 mark. JSU then marched down the field and capped an eight play, 88 yard drive with its own two yard score by Luther Edwards. JSU converted on a two-point conversion play as Rutland found Frost, making the score 28-20.
With 1:57 remaining in the game Southern put the game out of reach when Silas Gibbs scored on a 26 yard run that capped an eight play, 76 yard drive to make the score 35-20. JSU scored the final TD of the game with 22 seconds left in regulation when Rutland found the endzone on an eight yard run. Edwards scored on the two-point conversion.