BATON ROUGE, La. – Mississippi Valley State continued its defensive dominance Thursday night at Southern.
And it did so in front of a national audience on ESPNU en route to a 6-0 over the Jaguars, earning its first win against the SWAC foe since 2005.
“I’m proud of these guys, they deserved it,” said MVSU head coach Karl Morgan.
MVSU (1-2) scored on the game’s only touchdown in the second quarter on a 3-yard plunge from senior running back Trey Bateaste. The Delta Devils recovered a fumble deep in the Jagaurs’ territory to set up the score.
Valley’s defense, which has allowed only three points in their last six quarters of play, limited Southern to just 57 first half yards and 197 total yards.
The SWAC’s leading rusher Brandon Stansell rushed for more than 100 yards for the second consecutive game. He picked up 100 yards 17 carries.
MVSU’s defense made two big stops on Southern’s final drives using a Jeremy Johnson interception deep in Delta Devil territory and a sack by Brandon Powe. The Jagaurs gained only 10 yards on its final two drives.
Keven Woods had 14 tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble for Valley. The Delta Devils finished with three sacks and forced three turnovers.
Eddie Ivory finished 8-of-11 for 53 yards for Valley while Kenneth Dabney had three catches for 35 yards.
MVSU will be on the road for the third straight week next Saturday at Northwestern State.