Upset bid falls short

Rashad Nelson vs. Southern 2021


Miles Mil 0-2 , 0-0


Southern U. SOU 1-1 , 0-0

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Mil Miles 7 10 7 0 24
SOU Southern U. 6 7 14 14 41

Game Recap: Football |

BATON ROUGE, La. — For the second consecutive week, Miles had a Division I team on the ropes. But the second straight opportunity to pull off an upset did not come to fruition for the Golden Bears.

Despite racking up more than 400 yards of total offense, winning the time of possession battle, and holding a lead late in the third quarter, Miles came up short in a 41-24 loss to Southern in the Pete Richardson classic at Mumford Stadium on Saturday night. It was the second straight defeat to start the season for the Golden Bears while the Jaguars (1-1) earned their first victory.

The Golden Bears put themselves in position to steal the win when Donte Edwards (16 carries, 67 yards) broke through two tackles and scampered 22 yards for a touchdown with 1:24 left in the third quarter. It capped  a 10-play, 80-yard drive and gave Miles a 24-21 lead. But on the second play from scrimmage on Southern’s ensuing drive, Craig Nelson broke free for a 68-yard touchdown scamper with 33 seconds left in the period to put the Jaguars back in front for good.

One week after watching the offense struggle to amass 200 yards, Miles found its rhythm in the first half. After giving up an opening-drive touchdown but clocking the extra point., the Golden Bears answered by grinding through a 13-play, 88-yard drive that saw three third-down conversions. On the final third-down play of the drive, quarterback Claude Newell, III (17-of-24, 202 yards, 2 TD) connected with Deandre Harvey for a 5-yard touchdown pass that helped Miles to a 7-6 lead with 3:01 left in the opening period.

Southern would retake the lead early in the second quarter but Miles would use two long possessions to retake the lead. First, Jackson Spradlin ended an 11-play, 56-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal to bring the Golden Bears to within 13-10. On the team’s next possession, Newell would hit Rashad Nelson with an 8-yard scoring toss to punctuate a nine-play, 62-yard possession that pushed the advantage to 17-13. Those two drives gobbled up nearly 11 minutes of the clock in the second quarter, part of Miles’ seven-plus minutes advantage in time of possession for the game.

The Golden Bears had another opportunity to put more points on the board before the half after Rodney Coleman, Jr. recovered a fumble late in the second quarter. But they still went into the locker room with a four-point advantage and thoughts of leaving Louisiana with their first win over Southern in school history.

But the big touchdown run by Nelson was part of a huge effort on the ground for the Jaguars, who rushed for 323 yards. More than 200 of them came in the second half as the Jags wore down the Golden Bears and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Kingston Davis had 86 yards on 15 touches (63 rushing, 23 receiving), Jaih Andrews and Nelson each had three receptions and Montavious Tinch had two catches for a team-high 39 yards to pace the Miles offense. Defensively, N’Ktavious Floyd had a team-high eight tackles and two tackles for loss, James Sawyer, Jr. had seven tackles, and Jaylun Thomas had two tackles, a sack and a blocked extra point for the Golden Bears, who travel to face Morehouse on Sept. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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