JONESBORO, Ark. – South Alabama fell to Sun Belt Conference opponent Arkansas State 17-7 Saturday, giving the Jags its sixth straight conference loss dating back to the 2015 season.
The Jags (3-3, 0-3 SBC) amassed 255 yards of total offense to the Red Wolves’ 297 (2-4, 2-0 SBC). The fourth quarter touchdown for the Jags gave the team the lowest point total in the last years and to date, a season low of total offense.
After a stellar performance by Cole Garvin during South’s contest against San Diego State, starting quarterback Dallas Davis made his return Saturday completing nine passes for 146 yards and one interception. Garvin also saw the field for three completions and 48 yards.
Proceeding a scoreless first quarter, Arkansas State jumped on the Jags early in the second as Chris Humes returned a Jaguar fumble, 60 yards for the first points of the game. South Alabama could not answer on the next possession allowing the Red Wolves to drive 71 yards for a 14 yard Johnston White touchdown.
South Alabama attempted to answer in the third but a pass intended for Tyrone Williams was broken up forcing the Jags to a field goal. The 41-yard attempt was no go as it was wide-right.
Arkansas State tacked on three in the third on a 25-yard field goal from J.D. Houston widening the gap to 17 before the fourth.
Late in the fourth quarter, after a 79-completion from Davis to Gerald Everett, Xavier Johnson scored from two yards out putting the Jags on the board.
“Obviously, we didn’t play our best tonight,” said South Alabama head coach Joey Jones. “When you play a team like Arkansas State that is conference champion and has won a lot of games, you better play well and we didn’t play our best. I thought defensively, we played well. Offensively, we didn’t score until late in the game and you have to score more points than we did tonight in a game like this.”
South Alabama returns home Thursday to host Sun Belt Conference rival Troy Trojans. Kickoff is set for 6:30 and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
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