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Southern sophomore quarterback Austin Howard threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Southern Jaguars beat Alabama State 45-34 on the road in Montgomery.
Howard was 33 of 45 for 355 passing yards. Two of his four touchdown passes went to Dillon Beard, who only had 47 receiving yards.
Despite not scoring a touchdown, Willie Quinn led the Jaguars with 141 receiving yards on a career-high 12 catches.
The Jaguars led at halftime, 17-0, but the Hornets were finally able to get on the board in the third quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass by Ellis Richardson to Jamir Hannah and a two-point conversion to make the score 24-8.
Alabama State scored four more touchdowns cut the Jaguars' lead to 45-34. Quarterback Daniel Duhart came off the bench in the fourth quarter and threw three touchdowns.
Going into the game, the Hornets had won back-to-back games with 40-point performances. Southern head coach Dawson Odums said those two straight wins are the result of balance between pass and run.
The underlying story was that the Jaguars (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) were playing for the first time without fallen teammate Devon Gales.
Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw a 7-yard TD pass to Dillon Beard. (Southern 7, Alabama St. 0 - 3:09 1st Qtr)
SU's Howard rushed 2 yards for a TD. (Southern 14, Alabama St. 0 - 0:22 1st Qtr)
SU kicker Greg Pittman hit a 23-yard FG. (Southern 17, Alabama St. 0 - 5:46 2nd Qtr)
SU's Howard rushed 8 yards for a TD. (Southern 24, Alabama St. 0 - 10:36 3rd Qtr)
Alabama State quarterback Ellis Richardson threw a 14-yard TD pass to Jamir Hannah. 2-point conversion was good. (Southern 24, Alabama St. 8 - 7:32 3rd Qtr)
SU's Howard completed a 6-yard pass for a TD to Montrell Jones. (Southern 31, Alabama St. 8 - 4:33 3rd Qtr)
Alabama State's Stacy Robinson ran 3 yards for a TD. 2-point conversion failed. (Southern 31, Alabama St. 14 - 0:00 3rd Qtr)
Southern's Howard threw to Montrell Jones, who fumbled the ball. SU's Randall Menard recovered it for a TD. (Southern 38, Alabama St. 14 - 9:18 4th Qtr)
Alabama State's Daniel Duhart threw to Hannah for a 13-yard TD. (Southern 38, Alabama St. 20 - 7:12 4th Qtr)
Hornets' Duhart threw to Brandon Barnes for 1-yard TD. (Southern 38, Alabama St. 28 - 3:38 4th Qtr)
Jags' Howard threw to Beard for a 14-yard TD. (Southern 45, Alabama St. 28 - 1:35 4th Qtr)
Hornets' Duhart threw to Ephraim Henderson for a 9-yard TD. 2-point conversion failed. (Southern 45, Alabama St. 34 - 0:28 4th Qtr)