Jags Start Fast, Beat Central Michigan 38-24
South Alabama scored touchdowns on four of their first six drives, jumping out to a 26-7 lead en route to a convincing 38-24 road victory over host Central Michigan.
The Jaguars scoring barrage started with Carter Bradley connecting with Demarcus Thomas-Jones for a 16 touchdown pass, but South Alabama missed the extra point. Central Michigan came right back with a Lew Nichols 5yd TD run, the PAT was good and CMU took a 7-6 lead.
Here is where the game turned. Bradley led the Jaguars on a 10-plays, 65 yard drive, capped of by a La’Damian Webb 3-yard touchdown run. This time the extra point was good and South Alabama led 13-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Central Michigan fumbled the ball and it landed right into South Alabama’s Trey Kiser’s hands. Just three plays later Bradley found Devin Viosin wide open in the end zone with the Jaguars scoring a pair of touchdowns just :12 apart.
Bradley, the Toledo transfer, returned to the MAC and was impressive. He finished 26-42 with 354 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also rushed 5 times for 38 yards. Bradley spread the ball around, completing passes to seven different receivers. Jalen Wayne led the Jags with 10 catches and 98 yards, while Caullin Lacy had 97 yards on five catches.
Running Back La’Damian Webb had another solid performance. One week after rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries and scoring twice against Nicholls State, Webb ran it 20 times for 95 yards and two more touchdowns. He also caught a couple of passes for 30 yards.
The 2-0 South Alabama Jaguars will head west to play the UCLA Bruins next week in Pasadena, CA before retuning home to take on Louisiana Tech, September 24.