HAMMOND, La. (AP) -- Jay Lucas rushed for 125 yards on nine
carries and Seth Babin completed 17 of 23 passes for 169 yards to
lead Southeastern Louisiana to a 41-13 win Saturday over
Jacksonville University in the Lions' home opener.
Led by a balanced attack that racked up 423 yards total offense,
including 228 on the ground, Southeastern erupted for 28 points in
the second quarter and cruised to the win without head coach Dennis
Roland for the second straight game.
The Lions (1-2) led 35-6 at halftime before unloading the bench
in the second half.
Jacksonville (0-2), took the opening kickoff and went 70 yards
in 13 plays, driving to the Lions' 6 before Southeastern's defense
held and Donovon Curry kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead
with 9:50 left in the first quarter.
Four plays and 78 yards later, Southeastern took the lead for
good with Lucas, a transfer from Texas A&M, finishing off the drive
with a 42-yard sprint to the end zone. On its next possession,
Southeastern went 80 yards in 12 plays for a 14-3 lead.
Southeastern's special teams then got into the act as the Lions
blocked punts on JU's next two possessions -- the second of which
led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Kendrick Perry with 5:59 remaining
in the first half.
Curry kicked a 37-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter and Bryan
Gamble had a 9-yard touchdown run to account for the rest of JU's
JU, which finished with 221 yards of total offense, controlled
the football for 11 minutes and accumulated 92 yards. In the second
quarter, the Dolphins were held to 59 yards while allowing 175.