On the verge of another collapse, the Southern football team needed a game-winning drive in the closing minutes against Alabama State.
In stunning and refreshing change, the Jaguars delivered.
Brian McCain scored on a 1-yard dive with 9 seconds left, giving Southern a stunning 26-23 upset victory over the Hornets on Saturday afternoon at the Cramton Bowl.
The Jaguars took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter but watched it fall apart as ASU quarterback Greg Jenkins led the Hornets to 16 unanswered points, aided by an ineffective and turnover-prone Southern offense. Running back Tim Clark scored from 5 yards away with 3:07 remaining, giving Alabama State a 23-19 lead.
The Jaguars, led by quarterback J.P. Douglas, drove 73 yards in 10 plays and scored with 9 seconds left on a 1-yard dive by fullback Brian McCain.
Douglas came off the bench for Dray Joseph, who made a surprise start but suffered a concussion in the second quarter.
The SU quarterbacks combined to throw for 331 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The win gave Southern (4-6, 4-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a boost as it gears up for the Bayou Classic on Nov. 26.
Alabama State (7-3, 7-2) missed its chance to clinch the Eastern Division title.
We all saw this coming, right?