Southern works overtime to win SWAC championship

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Houston, TX ( - 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.