MONROE, LA (WAFB) - Southern lost its season opener on the road as the Jaguars played up a division at UL-Monroe.
The Jags jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and after two Warhawks scores, Southern come back with a 76-yard scoring drive capped by Lenard Tillery's touchdown run, cutting the margin to 14-19.
It was only a 10-point game in the fourth quarter, but UL-Monroe and new coach Matt Viator from McNeese pull away to win it by 17.
"You know I feel like we played real good tonight but we could've played better. I feel like we left a few plays out there but next week I feel like we're going to get better and pick up the tempo," said junior defensive back Danny Johnson.
"You know you've got to make plays. I thought offensively we moved the ball up and down the field. Just once we got in the red zone, they did a great job of keeping us out the endzone. I think defensively we made some stops, but we didn't play well as a team," said Southern head coach Dawson Odums.
Tillery taking aim at the all-time SWAC career rushing mark had 161 yards and Willie Quinn had 293 all-purpose yards.
The Jags (0-1) will travel to New Orleans for Week 2 to face the Tulane Green Wave.
Southern's Albuquerque kicked a 42-yard field goal. (SU 3, ULM 0 - 11:37 1st Qtr)
UL-Monroe quarterback Smith throws to Mapps for a 13-yard touchdown. (SU 3, ULM 7 - 8:21 1st Qtr)
UL-Monroe's Luckett ran 30 yards for a touchdown. (SU 3, ULM 14 - 3:16 Qtr)
Southern running back Lenard Tillery rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. (SU 9, ULM 14 - 0:14 1st Qtr)
Jag kicker Albuquerque hit a 38-yard field goal. (SU 12, ULM 14 - 0:59 2nd Qtr)
Warhawks' Smith threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Green. (SU 12, ULM 21 - 7:17 3rd Qtr)
UL-Monroe's Ford kicked a 24-yard field goal. (SU 12, ULM 24 - 3:00 3rd Qtr)
SU's Albuquerque kicked a 28-yard field goal. (SU 15, ULM 24 - 0:19 3rd Qtr)
ULM's Smith rushed 13 yards for a touchdown. (SU 15, ULM 31 - 14:34 4th Qtr)
Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw to Willie Quinn for a 9-yard touchdown. 2-point conversion failed. (SU 21, ULM 31 - 8:11 4th Qtr)
Warhawks' Vaughn ran 6 yards for a touchdown. (SU 21, ULM 38 - 0:50 4th Qtr)