OXFORD – Oxford lived on Lafayette’s side of the field Thursday night and in front of a television audience took back the Crosstown Classic trophy with a 19-0 win at Bobby Holcomb Field.
In an off-and-on again rain, it was the first Oxford win against the rival Commodores (2-1) since 2005 and on a larger scale ended Lafayette’s 34-game winning streak, the longest in Mississippi.
Oxford’s defense held Lafayette and running tandem Brandon Mack and D.K. Buford to 23 total yards in the first half and stopped the only drive that looked to be giving the Dores any momentum in the second.
“Awesome, just awesome,” Oxford coach Johnny said of his defense. “The offense played well. We didn’t put them away like we needed to. But I’m going to tell you, special teams was pretty special.”
Trailing 13-0 and driving, Lafayette quarterback Mack was picked by Oxford’s Leanthony Rogers at the 10 yard line.
Lafayette’s next drive ended in an interception that Mark Pegues took 36 yards to the end zone with less than a minute to play.
“They did a great job defensively, the best defense we’ve seen this year no doubt,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “We just never could get anything going.”