Saturday, October 24, 2015

Texas Southern falls to Southern on Homecoming Weekend

Photo by Kristina Lee Anne Gager, Used with permission
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publication

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 24, 2015) Texas Southern tied the score at 21 with 1:18 remaining in the first half, but Southern University scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to down the Tigers by the score of 40-21 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 24, 2015. With the loss, Texas Southern falls to 3-4 for the season and 2-4 in SWAC play. The Jaguars raised their record to 4-3 and 4-1 in conference play.

TSU and Southern traded touchdowns in the first quarter, tying the score at seven. The Jaguars scored also two additional touchdowns in the first quarter prior to TSU adding one to their total. At the end of the first quarter, Southern was leading 21-14. TSU tied the score at 21 points with 1:08 left in the half. Both teams took the tie to the locker room at halftime. Coming out in the second half, Southern scored four times; two touchdowns, one field goal, and a safety to put the game away. TSU was unable to score in the second half.

Photo by Kristina Lee Anne Gager
Used with permission
TSU scored two of their touchdowns off the arm of quarterback Averion Hurts. He completed six-of-eleven passes for 102 yards, including passes of 54 and 18 yards for the scores. His first TD pass was the 57-yarder to Larry Clark at the 1:08 mark in the first quarter. His second scoring pass was 3:13 into the second quarter in the form of the 18-yard pass to Milik Cross. The Tigers’ other score was a two-yard run by Brad Woodard with 12:32 left in the first quarter.

Offensively, TSU had trouble matching the Jaguar punch; tallying a mire 92 yards of total offense against the 377 yards of Southern. Defensively, Zacch Bamijoko accounted for eight tackles, with two of them solos.

TSU will take on College of Faith at 1 p.m. on Halloween (October 31) at BBVA Stadium. Southern will play Alcorn State at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge with a 4 p.m. kickoff.

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