Southern beats MVSU 44-13 for share of SWAC title

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Brian McCain and Donte Shorts each rushed for two touchdowns as Southern clawed out of an early hole to defeat Mississippi Valley State 44-13 on Saturday.

The Jaguars (8-3, 7-1 Southwest Athletic) end the regular season on a six-game win streak and match Alcorn State and previously unbeaten Grambling at 7-1 in conference. Southern meets Grambling in a West Division playoff Nov. 29 in New Orleans.

Southern rallied from 13-0 down with five scores in the second quarter, taking a 30-13 lead at the break.

After a 19-yard pass from Austin Howard to Willie Quinn for first-and-goal at the 1, McCain put Southern on the board, then Jaleel Richardson fell on an MVSU (2-9, 1-8) fumble in the end zone starting the 44-point avalanche.

Julian Stafford became the fourth Delta Devil to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season, finishing with 1,037. Jerry Rice holds the record with 1,345 yards in 1984.

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