By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 5, 2010) With the score tied at 7-all at halftime, Prairie View A&M scored a touchdown and a safety in the second half to defeat Texas Southern 16-14 in the 26th Annual State Farm Labor Day Classic before 22062 fans at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
The Panthers hit pay dirt first when quarterback Jonathan Troast connected with Shuan Stephens on a 20-yard touchdown pass at the 9:39 mark in the 2nd quarter.
The touchdown cumulated a 29-yard, four play drive that took only 1:40.
Texas Southern evened the score seven minutes later, when quarterback Arvell Nelson found William Osborne all alone and hit him with 33-yard pass.
The Tigers’ 91-yard scoring drive consisted of nine plays and lasted 3:15.
The teams traded possession for most of the first half with neither team able to gain a substantial offense advantage.
However, TSU came out strong in the second half; driving 61 yards down the field in 11 plays before Nelson’s pass to the end zone was picked off by Odreis Augustus to end the drive
Nelson threw another interception at the 5:04 mark in the 3rd quarter to Marcus White, who returned the ball 72 yards for another Panther touchdown.
The 4th quarter began with Prairie View up by 7 with the Tigers on their own 2-yard line. Troast handed off to Joseph Warren, who was hit for a loss of 2-yard, giving the Panthers a 2 point safety.
Texas Southern narrowed the gap at the 7:56 mark when White rushed nine yards for the final touchdown of the game. The drive lasted 1:32 and consisted of 5 plays on 44 yards.
The Tigers offense tried for a final drive, but was held off by a stingy Panther defense to allow Prairie View to take the win.
Texas Southern managed 373 yards of total offense, as opposed to 148 yards for the Panthers.
Prairie View will travel to Southern Mississippi for a 6:00pm game next Saturday, while Texas Southern heads east to take in Connecticut at 12 noon the same day.