A rapid-fire recap of SWAC Action from the state of Texas
Texas Southern 24, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 17
This one had the potential to be a one-sided victory for Texas Southern. The Tigers dominated statistically in just about every facet in the first half but found themselves up only seven at halftime. TSU outgained Arkansas-Pine Bluff 195-55, yet thanks to a pair of turnovers, all they had to show for their first-half dominance was an Andrew Body 7-yard TD run and a Richard Garcia III 42-yard FG. The only first-half points for the Golden Lions were compliments of a Cristofer Thompson 27-yard FG after a Body interception gave Pine Bluff the ball deep in Texas Southern territory. A Kayvon Britten 25-yard TD scamper under three minutes into the second half squared this one at 10. Later in the quarter, Body connected on an 8-yard TD pass to Jacorey Howard to put the Tigers back in front by a touchdown going into the final quarter. After a Body fumble, the Tigers’ third turnover of the game, set up Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the TSU 28-yard line, Kayvon Britten would cap a three-play drive with a 5-yard TD run to knot this one at 17 with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Texas Southern would answer right back with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that would take almost four minutes off the clock. Jacorey Howard’s 1-yard touchdown plunge would finish the drive and give the Tigers a 24-17 advantage with under three minutes left in regulation. After Pine Bluff drove to the TSU 22-yard line in the final minute, the Tigers’ defense would stiffen, forcing an incomplete pass on fourth and seven. A kneel-down later and TSU would escape Simmons Bank Field with a 24-17 road win. With the victory, Texas Southern improves to 2-2 in SWAC play.
Up Next for TSU: Bye
Southern 45, Prairie View A&M 13
This one didn’t start at all like the rout it turned into. The total yards and the score were both close at halftime, with Prairie View outgaining Southern 206-158 and leading 13-10. The second half was another animal entirely, with Southern putting up 35 unanswered points to deal the Panthers a lopsided defeat. The Jaguars had a 462-321 edge in total yards, with much of their dominance coming through the air. Southern QB Besean McCray was 16-22 for 275 yards, two TD, and no interceptions. The loss, A&M’s first of the season in conference play, drops their conference mark to 3-1.
Up Next for PVAM: Bye