JACKSON, Miss. — As a tackler latched onto his left ankle, Austin Howard lofted a short pass to Randall Menard, who outjumped a defender in the end zone, and Southern made the score stand up to defeat Jackson State 28-24 Saturday night. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cart=”y” identifier=”B005RON6HS” locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]
The hard-fought TD was an answer to Jackson State surging briefly into a 24-21 lead in the Southwestern Athletic Conference battle.
Southern (3-2, 3-0) owned a 429-280 yards advantage in total offense but couldn’t shake the Tigers (2-4, 2-2), who were held to a missed field-goal attempt through a scoreless fourth quarter. JSU was penalized 14 times for 125 yards.
Joshua Bates scored from the 2 in the third quarter as Jackson State took the 24-21 lead.
Howard went 24 for 35 for 288 yards with two TDs — both to Menard, who caught four balls for 68 yards. Lenard Tillery also scored twice for Southern with 127 yards on 29 carries.