19-0

In 2010, the Lamar Cardinals were the hosts for USA's first ever game at the opponent's home field, a 26-0 South Alabama victory. This year Lamar served as another first: USA's first repeat opponent. More importantly than that, the Cardinals also were integral in the Jags run to a 19-0 record in program history following the 30-8 win.

Coming off a rather shaky 20-10 win in the season opener against West Alabama, South Alabama hoped for a good start against Lamar to erase those memories. While neither team scored in the first quarter, the Jags quickly established themselves as the superior team. Running Kendall Houston on the first four plays from scrimmage against Lamar's vastly improved defensive front netted USA a first down. While they ended up punting in that first possession, they set the tone for rest of day.

C.J. Bennett, who had thrown three interceptions in the opener, managed a nice game against Lamar, completing 9 of 14 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. The stingy USA defense and the explosive running of Demetre Baker coupled with the efforts of Bennett, Houston and the receivers, particularly Corey Walden (two receptions for 47 yards and a TD) staked the Jags to a 20-0 halftime lead.

Lamar threatened to make things interesting as they opened the third quarter with a drive that took them to USA's one yard line, but a fumble ended the threat, although the the next play resulted in a safety against the Jags. Later in the quarter USA went on a long drive that made the score 27-2 and effectively sealed the victory. South Alabama's second and third teamers finished the game, scoring a field goal under the direction of Myles Gibbon and allowing a very late passing touchdown for the Cardinals.

19 for 19 is certainly a record to proud of, but USA knows getting victory number 20 will be a tall order. The next Jag game will be another first: Their first ever FBS opponent, NC State. The Wolfpack are a banged up group that was challenged by Liberty in their first game and defeated by Wake Forest in their second. In their situation they know they can't afford to take anyone lightly and USA can expect their best effort. That 20th victory may prove elusive but to a program completely unfamiliar with losing, anything is possible.

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