Saturday, October 04, 2014

Texas Southern comes from behind to beat Mississippi Valley State, 20-16

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 4, 2014) The Texas Southern Tigers raised their 2014 season record to 5-1 with a 20-16, come-from-behind win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

With the win, the Tigers raised their conference record to 3-1 with five games remaining in the season.

Texas Southern got on the scoreboard at the 9:27 mark in the first quarter as the result of an 11 plays, 71 yard drive when kicker Eric Medina split the uprights from 28  yards out to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The Delta Devils responded with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter when running back DeShawn Davis scampered 16 yards for six points. Cherchen Galon did his job and booted the extra point, to put Mississippi Valley State up by four, 7-3.

The Tigers came back four minutes into the second quarter when free safety Le’Tevi Wilcox alertly picked up a Delta Devil fumble and rambled 40-yard for the touchdown. Medina added one point to his scoring total, and the extra point for the Tigers, to give them back the lead, by the score of 10-7 at the half.

TSU added another Medina field goal in the third quarter to raise the score to 13-7, however the Delta Devils were not to be denied keeping the game close. The raddled off a touchdown, an extra point, and a safety to take the lead 16-13 to begin the fourth quarter.

Texas Southern got the ball with 12:15 remaining in the game, with quarterback Jay Christope engineering a 13 play, 75 yard drive that results in the final touchdown of the game. The fleet-footed sophomore from Addis, Louisiana carried the final seven yards for the score to ensure the Tigers fifth victory of the season.

Medina again did his job and added the extra point to secure the final core of 20-16.

Christope completed 7-of-14 passes for 62 yards and one touchdown while Daveonn Porter carried the ball 22 times for 116 yards.

TSU will have a week off before they travel to Lorman, Mississippi to face Alcorn State on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

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