LIVINGSTON— The University of West Alabama prides itself on maintaining composure. With Mississippi College in Tigers territory, the Choctaws had a chance to table the team motto.

The Tigers defense had other plans, and the results helped kick-start the Tigers to a 42-13 win in its home opener on Saturday night.

Just before halftime, Mississippi College quarterback Ty Jobe found space but never connected with his indented receiver. The Choctaws failed to convert on fourth down and UWA gained another opportunity to extend its lead.

“It’s a lot of energy that comes off a turnover on downs,” cornerback Tevin Madison said. “Whenever we get a chance to stop them on fourth down and get off the field it’s always good for the offense and defense.”

The defensive stop led to a UWA drive that ended when quarterback Harry Satterwhite connected with wide receiver Donta Armstrong for a 34-yard touchdown.

“That was the disappointment after the first blocked punt because we didn’t get anything out of it,” coach Brett Gilliland said. “I just felt like we had to capitalize at that time and we did.”

Satterwhite completed 29 of 35 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown. Armstrong finished with eight catches for 83 yards and one touchdown. Tigers’ running back Rashaad Lee finished with 99 yards and two touchdowns.

“There were some games earlier on where he had to settle down, but I think he’s done that,” Gilliland said. “He was up there all summer with the receivers. That’s where his progression started.”

Mississippi College scored a touchdown on its opening drive but didn’t get another chance to find the end zone.

“We started off slow,” Madison said. “We got to fix that at practice. I think if we start off hot we can be a pretty good team.”

UWA (2-1, 1-0) travels to Florence to face rival North Alabama Saturday Sept. 23 Mississippi College (0-3,0-1) hosts Florida Tech.