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Southern looks to draw huge crowd for home opener

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Southern University is getting ready for its home opener football game against Mississippi Valley State Thursday.

The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It is also the SWAC opener for the Jaguars.

The team is looking to bounce back from its 66-21 loss to New Mexico.

Head coach Stump Mitchell hopes running back Sylvester Nzekwe can get on the field for 20 plays or so, while also working fellow rusher Jerry Joseph back into the fold as well.

However, Darius Coleman and Terrance Clayton are expected to get most of the carries.

Valley has been one of the worst teams in the country in recent memory. The Delta Devils are off to an 0-2 start this year after a combined record of just 1-21 the previous two seasons.

However, the Jags were in trouble in Itta Bena, MS last season before escaping with just a touchdown victory.

Thursday night games have often been busts for the SWAC when it comes to attendance. Southern is trying to buck that trend for this game and fill Mumford Stadium.

High school students from East Baton Rouge Parish will be allowed in free with a valid student ID. It's part of "EBR High School Show Your Colors" day.

There are also no classes at SU after 12:30 p.m., so fans can begin to park and tailgate.

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