Southern took care of business, and that made coach Dawson Odums happy. But there was enough to make him frown and go back to the drawing board this week.
Flawless means not making bonehead mistakes, and I thought we made some mistakes out there. Some of our guys played at a high level and if you are going to do that, you have to stay mentally locked in and focus on the mental aspect of the game.
After limited success in the passing game, Odums shelved it. Of the 21 passes attempted, only five came in the second half. Southern was 8 of 8 in scoring on red zone chances and 5 of 8 on third down. Devon Benn had his second best rushing effort with yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
The defense finally broke through with four turnovers and made things happen with its pass rush. Jalen Ivy forced an intentional grounding in the end zone that became a safety, and Benjamin Harris, Jordan Lewis and Tamaurice Smith picked off passes.
Lewis got his second TD of the season with a yard return, which also ended the Tigers biggest scoring threat at the Southern 5-yard line. On the flip side, Odums was most upset about two yard penalties for overzealousness by his players, calling them glaring.
Besides those, Southern was flagged only four times for 27 yards. Tight end Jeremias Houston was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for an out of bounds scuffle and defensive tackle Robert Square drew a personal foul in the fourth quarter.
We believe in walking away and playing the game the right way. Brown committed a holding penalty and a false start in the first quarter.
He made several throws into coverage, one of which was nearly intercepted in the end zone. We did good, what we needed to do.
We need to get better. Special teams was an issue for the third consecutive game.
This time, Martell Fontenot missed a yard field goal, his second miss under 40 yards in three tries. Cesar Barajas took over and hit a yarder in the second quarter.
Did we get to 61 by doing it a certain way, or by a team helping us get there? It takes a little while.