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Southern drops home opener against Mississippi Valley State, 6-0


Southern University stumbled in its SWAC and home opener with Mississippi Valley State, dropping Thursday night's game 6-0. It was the first shutout loss for the Jags in 16 years dating back to a 14-0 loss to Nicholls State in 1996.

Stump Mitchell's Jaguars handed the Delta Devils just their second victory in 24 tries for head coach Karl Morgan, with a botched first half punt setting up Trey Bateaste for the game-winning touchdown on a three yard run.

Southern had just 57 total yards in the first half, and blew a scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter with a costly fumble.

Quarterback Dray Joseph connected on a beautiful 34 yard pass play to Lee Doss to move the Jags close to midfield, and later scrambled for a first down on third and long to the Delta Devils 19 yard line.

However, on the next play Joseph was sacked and lost his helmet, forcing him to the sideline for one play. After a timeout, backup J.P. Douglas scrambled and fumbled the ball, and the visitors recovered at the twelve yard line.

Southern had one more scoring chance when Evangel's Virgil Williams returned a MVSU punt 40 yards to the Delta Devils 16 yard line, but on fourth down the Jaguars suffered another turnover when Joseph threw an interception.

Southern falls to 0-2 on the season (0-1 in SWAC), while Mississippi Valley (1-2 overall) evens its SWAC record at 1-1. The victory was just the second for MVSU against Southern in the last 20 years.

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