Southern breezes by Miss. Valley St. 50-13 in SWAC opener

Southern feeling optimistic after beating MVSU

ITTA BENA, MS (WAFB) - Southern won its SWAC opener against Mississippi Valley State 50-13 on Thursday, as the Jaguars were able to bounce back after losing 62-15 in the season opener at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Southern sophomore quarterback Austin Howard was 11 of 15 for 109 yards with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Nico Talbert in the second quarter. He also rushed for 41 yards on eight attempts.

Wide receiver Willie Quinn accounted for three of Southern's seven touchdowns. He returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown, had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and threw a wide receiver pass to Randall Menard for an 89-yard touchdown.

Southern running back Lenard Tillery scored the Jaguars' first two touchdowns with runs of 10 and 14 yards. He had 15 carries for 85 yards.

Despite beating MVSU by 37 points, Southern had 40 yards less than the Delta Devils, with 332 total yards. MVSU had three interceptions.

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Scoring Plays:

Southern running back Lenard Tillery rushes for 10-yard TD. Kicker Greg Pittman misses PAT. (Southern 6, MVSU 0 - 10:56 1st Qtr)

SU's Tillery runs for 14-yard TD (Southern 13, MVSU 0 - 5:23 1st Qtr)

Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn returns a punt for a 39-yard TD. (Southern 20, MVSU 0 - 3:25 1st Qtr)

Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw to Nico Talbert for a 28-yard TD. Two point conversion attempt failed. (Southern 26, MVSU 0 - 13:48 2nd Qtr)

SU's Quinn throws WR pass to Randall Menard for 89-yard TD. (Southern 33, MVSU 0 - 6:20 2nd Qtr)

Mississippi Valley State quarterback Dontrinell Scott throws to Terrence Barron for a 15-yard TD. The PAT was blocked. (Southern 33, MVSU 6 - 5:10 2nd Qtr)

MVSU's Scott throws again to Barron for a 34-yard TD. (Southern 33, MVSU 13 - 11:02 3rd Qtr)

Southern's Quinn returned a kickoff for a 90-yard TD. (Southern 40, MVSU 13 - 10:47 3rd Qtr)

Southern's Greg Pittman kicks 35-yard FG. (Southern 43, MVSU 13 - 5:34 3rd Qtr)

Jags' Howard rushes for a 1-yard TD. (Southern 50, MVSU 13 - 1:03 3rd Qtr)

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