Southern works overtime to win SWAC championship

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Updated: December 7, 2013

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – The West worked overtime again to stay the
best in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Lee Doss’ 16-yard touchown reception from Dray Joseph in the second overtime
was the deciding margin in Southern’s 34-27 victory over Jackson State in the
SWAC Championship Game at Reliant Stadium on Saturday.

The win was the sixth straight by the West Division champion over the East
champion. In winning, Southern (9-4) reversed a 19-14 loss at home to Jackson
State (8-4) in the regular season on Sept. 28.

Joseph, the SWAC co-offensive player of the year and first-team quarterback,
threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

After Southern broke a 27-27 tie in the beginning of the second overtime,
Jackson State had a final possession. But on the final play running back Tommy
Gooden stepped out of bounds in the end zone right before he caught what the
Tigers had hoped would be a tying touchdown.

Joseph threw a pair of touchdowns to 5-foot-5 sophomore wide receiver Willie
Quinn. The second – a 35-yarder – extended the Jaguars’ 13-10 halftime lead to
20-10 with 4:59 left in the third quarter.

But Jackson State came back and forced overtime on Ryan Deising’s 37-yard field
goal to end the fourth quarter.

Quinn finished with 142 yards on seven receptions, while Lenard Tillery had 118
yards on 16 carries. Southern improved to 3-1 all-time in the SWAC Championship
Game.

Jackson State, which fell in overtime for the second straight year and to 1-4
all-time in the game, was led by quarterback Clayton Moore’s 262 yards and two
touchdowns through the air. He threw two interceptions.

The win meant Southern’s Dawson Odums won SWAC coach of the year honors over
Jackson State’s Rick Comegy.