College football is already hectic after the first slate of Week 1 games.
The South Alabama Jaguars ventured into SEC waters to take on Mississippi State and pulled off the unthinkable – a 21-20 upset over head coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs walked into the half with a commanding 17-0 lead and watched the Jaguars outscore them 7-3 in the third and reel off 14 unanswered in the final frame to seal the deal.
The Jaguars marched down the field and ate up 5:06 of clock time, answering with the go-ahead score to make in 21-20 with just under a minute left. Quarterback Damian Williams led the Bulldogs on the final drive into South Alabama territory but Westin Graves clunked a would-be game-winner off the left field goal post.
South Alabama may not have had the victory formation embedded into the playbook leading up to the game but they had the luxury of doing so. Jaguars’ quarterback Dallas Davis guided the offense with 285 passing yards and a pair of scores while wide receiver Josh Magee hauled in 113 of those yards.
Following Friday’s slate, all the Sun Belt heard was how embarrassing its play was. Arkansas State was throttled by Toledo, Ball State overcame Georgia State and Appalachian State coughed up a potential miracle in Tennessee.
How big is this for the program? Huge. This is a Jaguars typically on the cusp of bowl eligibility in general – now they get to say they took down an SEC program in Mississippi State.