Southern ground game overwhelms Central Methodist 56-14

Southern ground game overwhelms Central Methodist 56-14

Information from Southern U. Athletic Media Relations

BATON ROUGE, LA - Southern University's offense produced 651 yards of total offense, including 395 yards on the ground as the Jaguars routed NAIA member Central Methodist 56-14 in their 2014 home opener in A.W. Mumford Stadium Saturday night.

Tyre Bracken, a Football Bowl Subdivision transfer from Southern Miss, led the Jaguars with eight carries for 125 yards and one touchdown. Malcolm Crockett, a transfer from Pitt, added 108 yards on 21 carries in his 2014 debut for the Jaguars.

After Willie Quinn returned the opening kickoff back 56 yards, QB Deonte Shorts led the Jaguars to the game's first score with 4-play, 31 yard drive that was punctuated by Crockett's 5-yard touchdown. CMU responded with a 5-play, 73-yard drive that tied the game at 7 after QB Max Holmes found Jamal Williams for a 49-yard TD.

From that point on, it was all Southern, who scored 29 unanswered before CMU's Keenan Honore 88-yard kickoff return made the score 36-14 before halftime.

Shorts finished 10 of 18 for 191 yards and one touchdown. Shorts also added seven carries for 68 rushing yards.

CMU was limited to 163 yards total offense and committed two turnovers in the loss. Tyler Steinkamp led the Eagles with 10 carries for 79 yards.

Southern returns to A.W. Mumford Stadium next Saturday to host in-state rival Northwestern State in their final non-conference game before league begins Sept. 20.