BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Alcorn State backup quarterback Lenorris Footman ran for 274 yards and four touchdowns, adding two touchdown passes as the Braves routed Southern 48-7 on a sloppy Saturday afternoon at Mumford Stadium.
The Braves started the day with a 7-0 lead on a 79-yard touchdown run by Marquis Warford and finished with 555 yards of total offense, including 484 rushing yards on 45 attempts.
Footman was forced to lead the Braves, when senior John Gibbs, Junior went out with a leg injury in the first quarter. He promptly scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run after a Jaguars turnover for a 14-0 lead.
Southern suffered nine fumbles and lost five in a game that was delayed 15 minutes by bad weather and was played on a sloppy rain-covered field.
Footman added a touchdown pass to Jordan Payne for a 21-0 lead, before Lenard Tillery scored a 1-yard touchdown for Southern to make it 21-7. Tillery was the lone bright spot for the Jags, totaling 152 yards rushing.
Footman added three more touchdown runs and another touchdown pass to account for six of the Braves' seven scoring plays in the game. His last touchdown was a 60-yard run that produced the final margin in the fourth quarter.
Southern (4-4, 4-2) now trails Grambling by two games in the SWAC's Western Division and slips into third place behind Prairie View as well. The defending league champion ASU (5-2, 4-1) held onto its one game lead over Alabama State in the Eastern Division as the Braves get closer to locking up a spot Houston the first week in December.
Alcorn State's Marquis Warford rushed for 78-yard TD. (ASU 7, SU 0 - 12:04 1st Qtr)
Alcorn State's Lenorris Footman ran 44 yards for a TD. (ASU 14, SU 0 - 2:06 1st Qtr)
ASU's Footman threw to Jordan Payne for 29-yard TD. (ASU 21, SU 0 - 10:52 2nd Qtr)
Southern's Lenard Tillery rushed 1 yard for a TD. (ASU 21, SU 7 - 6:29 2nd Qtr)
ASU's Footman rushed 17 yards for a TD. (ASU 28, SU 7 - 5:52 3rd Qtr)
Braves' Footman threw to Brandon Campbell for a 38-yard TD. (ASU 35, SU 7 - 3:52 3rd Qtr)
ASU's Footman ran 30 yards for a TD. (ASU 41, SU 7 - 1:24 3rd Qtr)
ASU's Footman rushed 60 yards for a TD. (ASU 48, SU 7 - 13:53 4th Qtr)