Southern defeats Jackson St, 34-27 in 2 OT

Dray Joseph hit Lee Doss for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give

Southern University a 34-27 double overtime victory over Jackson

State Saturday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference

Championship.

During the ensuing drive by Jackson State (8-4, 8-1), running

back Tommy Gooden stepped out of bounds to negate what would have

been a 5-yard touchdown pass from Clayton Moore.

Both teams failed to score in the first overtime. Anthony

Balancier intercepted Moore to end the Jackson State’s first

attempt in overtime. Yet Gregory Pittman’s 37-yard field goal

attempt was blocked by Conard Brown, keeping the Tigers’ hopes

alive.

Joseph was 27 of 46 for 337 yards passing with three touchdowns,

two to Willie Quinn, to lead the Jaguars. Southern (9-4, 7-2) won

its third conference championship game in school history.

Joseph hit Quinn for a 34-yard touchdown to give Southern a 10-0

lead. After the teams traded field goals, Moore went 5 for 5

leading the Tigers 73 yards in just 54 seconds. Moore then threw a

25-yard TD pass to Zachary Pendleton to make it 13-10 at

halftime.

Joseph and Quinn connected a second time. Quinn was originally

ruled down at the 1-yard line, but replay showed he broke the plane

of the goal line to give Southern a 20-10 lead with 4:59 left in

the third quarter.

Darrius Coleman capped a 13-play drive with a 1-yard TD run to

give Southern a 27-24 lead with 4:47 remaining.

Ryan Deising hit a 37-yard field goal for Jackson State as time

expired to send the game into overtime. Deising looked to have

missed his opportunity, but Southern head coach Dawson Odums called

timeout before the ball was snapped. With a reprieve, Deising

knocked the attempt right down the middle.