FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama's defense gave a valiant effort but the Lions offense couldn't put any points on the board as UNA was shutout at home by Valdosta State in a key Gulf South Conference battle 5-0.
UNA's 101 total yards was the lowest offensive output in school history, and the Lions recovered a fumble in their own end zone to give Valdosta State a safety, which was the only score of the game until the fourth quarter.
Valdosta State's average field position in the first half was its own 49, and the Blazers started three drives in UNA territory. The UNA defense did not allow a score, however, stopping the Blazers twice on fourth down and forcing one turnover. UNA averaged starting field position in the first half was its own 15 yard line and the Lions finished the half with just 24 yards of offense on 26 plays.
In the second half UNA had just five offensive possessions and the last two ended in interceptions in Valdosta State territory.
The Blazers got a 36-yard Daniel Andersen field goal with 2:02 left in the game to make it 5-0, but UNA had one final chance. After picking up two first downs, the Lions were at the VSU 31 when Lee Chapple was picked off by Dudley Spence at the Blazers 14.
The shutout marked the first time that North Alabama has been held scoreless in 107 games, dating back to a 49-0 road loss at West Georgia on November 3, 2001. It was also UNA's first shutout at home at Braly Stadium since a 21-0 loss, also to Valdosta State, on October 4, 1997.
The 101 total yards for UNA was the lowest offensive output by a Lion team, just under the 107 yards North Alabama gained against Delta State in a 2001 loss.
Chapple was just 10 of 24 passing for 64 yards and was intercepted twice. He was also sacked four times, including on UNA's first three offensive plays of the game.
Valdosta State gained 262 total yards on 81 plays and was held to 3.2 yards per play. The Blazers finished with 125 rushing yards, making them the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against UNA this season.
UNA plays at Ouachita Baptist next Saturday, October 23.