Atlanta - Southern University took advantage of six Bethune-Cookman turnovers for a 28-2 victory in the McDonald's Heritage Bowl.
The Jaguars totally dominated the Wildcats compiling 338 yards in total offense to just 166 yds for B-CC. Southern's defense held Bethune-Cookman to just 13 rushing yards in 40 attempts.
Southern jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter following Jackie Mitchell's recovery of an Antonio Stanley funble at the B-CC 14 yard line. Two plays later, Steve Wofford, who finished the day with 119 yards rushing, scored on an 11 yard run.
Bethune-Cookman's only score came at 10:46 in the second quarter when Adul Yates tackled Wofford in the end zone for a safety, to cut the lead to 7-2.
Another Wildcat turnover led to Southern's second score. After Southern had turned the ball over on a fumble following the second half kickoff. B-CC gave the ball back on the very next play when Mitchell recovered a Jay Rogers fumble at the Southern 20 yard line. Eight plays later, game offensive MVP Ryan Lewis scored the first of two TDs on a 57 yard scamper, just 2:10 into the second half.
Lewis struck again at 6:48 in the third quarter when his 11 yard run gave Southern a 21-2 lead going into the final period.
The Jags picked up their final score when Jerry Guye intercepted a pass from Randall Foster and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
B-CC never got its running game going despite using 10 different rushers in the game. Although the Wildcats completed 15 of 32 pass attempts, they threw four interceptions, one of which was returned for a TD and fumbled the ball seven times, losing two that led to Southern scores.
Bethune-Cookman finishes the season 8-3, while Southern picks up its fourth Heritage Bowl trophy in five attempts and closes the year at 9-3.