Southern University celebrated homecoming with a 51-36 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff in a complete team effort at A.W. Mumford Stadium on Saturday.
The Jaguars scored on offense and special teams with great contributions from a defense that, despite allowing 36 points, made life tough in the pocket all night long for Golden Lions quarterback Benjamin Anderson.
"We just practiced keeping him in the pocket, contained," Southern senior defensive end Arthur Miley said. "We knew he was a pretty fast guy, that he could get loose and make plays by himself. We knew we had to keep him in the pocket if we wanted to win this game."
"We were going to rush three and cover and they realized, we practiced all week, that they had to cover for a lot longer than anticipated," Southern head coach Dawson Odums explained. "So, we knew he would scramble around and try and buy some time. We tried to put a spy on him, keep him in front and they did a pretty good job of executing the game plan."
"The timing was right ‘cause Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a great team and we all came together as a team and did well," Southern junior safety Dionte McDuffy stated.
"But, I think, overall, I thought we bounced back the way we've always done since I've been the head coach here after a loss. You know, guys seem to bounce back. You know, it was a great win, a great win for our institution, a great win for our community and a great win for our program," Odums added.
While Southern should certainly enjoy this win, the Jaguars can't celebrate it too long because the battle for the SWAC West is only beginning. Grambling State remains undefeated in the division and leading the race, while Southern has to go on the road to Alabama A&M next weekend.