MONROE, La. — Southern University tailback Lenard Tillery posted 127 of his game high 161 rushing yards in the first half but Louisiana Monroe withstood Southern’s best shot to edge the Jaguars 38-21 Saturday in Malone Stadium.
Tillery’s quest to become the SWAC’s all-time leading rusher got off to a great start Saturday as the red-shirt senior rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries at Louisiana Monroe. Tillery added a 2-yd TD run, his 33rd career rushing TD. The 161-yard game also serves as Tillery’s 15th career 100-yard rushing game.
Junior defensive back Danny Johnson posted a career high 11 tackles, including four solo stops. Johnson added two interceptions for 20 yards including a pick in the ULM endzone which halted a Warhawk scoring threat early in the third quarter. Johnson registered his seventh and eighth career interceptions, which marked the East Feliciana native’s second game with two INTs. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cart=”y” identifier=”B01HO0FFXK” locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]
Making his Southern University debut, Ruan Albuquerque connected on field goals of 42, 38 and 28 in the Jaguars 38-21 loss to ULM. The transfer from Plymoth, Minn. accounted for nine of Southern’s 21 points and was 3-3 in FG tries.
The Jaguars took the opening possesion 64-yards in 11 plays and secure a 3-0 lead after Albuquerque’s 42-yard field goal. ULM responded with 14 unanswered point before Lenard Tillery’s 2-yard score puntuated a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
Albuquerque’s second field goal, a 38-yarder, pulled Southern within 14-12 at the half but ULM would outscore the Jaguars 24-9 in the second half.
Garret Smith led ULM finishing with 208 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns while also leading the Warhawks on the ground with a 150-yard running night and a touchdown. He finished 20-for-33 in the air, with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Austin Howard connected on 17-of-31 pass attempts and found comfort in throwing to senior wide receiver Willie Quinn and tight end Dillon Beard. Quinn recorded a game high nine catches for 64 yards and one touchdown. Dillon added four receptions for 55 yards.
The Jaguars’ focus shifts to next Saturday’s road game with in-state foe Tulane at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. Southern will make the hour-long drive to the Big Easy for the third game in the Southern-Tulane series. The two teams faced off for a pair of games in the Superdome in 2001 and 2002.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN 3.
Courtesy: SU Athletics