Despite winning the time of possession battle, the The Southern University Jaguars (0-2) had a hard time translating extended drives into points, resulting in a 54-17 loss against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) last Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, LA.
Louisiana Tech scored touchdowns on their first three offensive possessions, creating a 21-0 hole the Jaguars had to climb out of before the first quarter was over. With less than four minutes in the opening quarter, SU finally found the endzone, courtesy of sophomore quarterback John Lampley finding sophomore wideout Kendall Catalon for a 38 yard touchdown, reducing the margin to 14.
After a forced fumble from sophomore defensive back Chase Foster, the momentum was shifting back to Southern. Catalon was credited his first passing attempt and completion of his college career, as he found grad transfer wide receiver Trey Smith for a gain of 37 yards. Lampley would cap off the drive by finding the end zone using his legs to bring the score to 21-14 early in the second quarter. Louisiana Tech responded with a touchdown of their own, increasing their lead back to 14. A pivotal moment in the game came toward the end of half, as sophomore kicker Cesar Barajas missed a 38-yard field goal following a 14-play drive. The Bulldogs then conducted a two minute drive that resulted in a field goal. The Jaguars were forced to play catch up for the rest of the game.
“It’s tough when you don’t get points against good teams, and then defensively, you’re not stopping them,” said Head Coach Dawson Odums following the game.
Despite staying in the game for most of the first game, Southern went on to be outscored 23-3 in the second half.
Lampley finished the game 17-24 for 179 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt sophomore Devon Benn led all rushers with 53 yards on 15 carries. Catalon led all receivers with 6 catches for 89 yards. On defense, redshirt junior Montavius Gaines and senior Demario Houston led the team in total tackles (6).
“You just can’t get behind when you play FBS schools. You have to make timely plays. There’s no way I thought this team would be 54 to 17 points better than us,” added Odums.
The Jaguars now shift their focus to September 15th, where they will look to enter the win column in front of their home crowd as they face off against Langston University in the Pete Richardson Classic.