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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 2, 2012) With kicker Robert Hersh connecting on a 47-yard field goal with no time left on the clock, the Texas Southern Tigers broke the tie score and defeated Prairie View A&M Panthers 44-41 in front of 22,516 fan at Reliant Stadium on Saturday evening.
The game was an offensive juggernaut, with 1,044 yards of total offense between the two teams.
Prairie View jumped out to an early 20-7 lead in the first quarter and continued to hold the lead at halftime with the score of 27-17.
Texas Southern came back to take the lead in the third quarter, 38-34.
The Panthers then tied the score at 41-all with 1:16 left in the game.
Hersh then broke the tie with the field goal to give the Tigers possession of the Durley-Nicks Traveling Trophy.
The trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Labor Day Classic game between the two schools and has been in Prairie View’s possession for the past five years.
TSU was able to snatch the trophy in 2006 when they came away with a 17-14 win at Reliant Stadium.
Riko Smalls led the Tigers in rushing with 11 carries for 101 yards while Fred Plummer caught five passes for 142 yards.
Edward Loving-Perkins contributed to the TSU offensive punch by rushing for 88 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
Hersh connected on three field goals of 25, 42 and 47-yards for nine points.
Defensively, William Parker accounted for eight tackles, seven of them solo, with Tyerrell Jones and Trey Walker contributing six solo tackles each.
Texas Southern will hit the road next week when they travel to Denton to face the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, September 8.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.