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A rapid-fire recap of SWAC action from the state of Texas
Texas Southern 34, Alcorn St. 27
Explosive plays were a huge part of the story in this game, especially in the first half. Three of the four first-half touchdowns came on plays of 55 yards or more, including a Texas Southern pick-six. The big plays continued in the second half, with both offenses piling up yards and points. The difference in the contest was turnovers and special teams. The Tigers won the battle of turnovers 3-1 and had a punt return for a score and another that set them up with a short field leading to a touchdown, allowing TSU to pick up the 34-27 victory despite being outgained by Alcorn State 510-293. Texas Southern opened the scoring on their second offensive possession. After a Chaunzavia Lewis punt return set the Tigers up at the Braves 44 yard line, Andrew Body capped a five-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to AJ Bennett. Alcorn State would answer late in the first quarter with an Aaron Allen 65-yard touchdown pass to Monterio Hunt. A failed PAT would leave TSU with a 7-6 advantage. The Braves would jump in front for the first time early in the second quarter on Allen’s second TD pass of the contest, a 62-yarder to Juan Anthony Jr. The Tigers would close out the first half with a Raheme Fuller 45-yard interception return for a touchdown to send TSU to the half with a 14-13 advantage. The fireworks would continue at the start of the third quarter, with Alcorn State covering 75 yards in just 2:21, the capper a Jarveon Howard 34-yard TD scamper to give State the six-point lead. Texas Southern dominated the rest of the way, putting up 20 unanswered points, including another big punt return from Chaunzavia Lewis, this one a 73-yard touchdown. Alcorn State would close out the scoring with a touchdown in the final seconds for the final tally. With the victory, Texas Southern improves to 3-2 in SWAC play.
Up Next: vs. Lincoln (CA)
Prairie View A&M 54, Lamar 21
A dominant effort by the Prairie View A&M offense was the catalyst for a big 54-21 win. The Panthers outgained Lamar 580-430 and never trailed in the contest. While the Cardinals dominated the time of possession 36:19-23:41, it didn’t matter because six of the eight A&M touchdown drives were completed in less than two minutes. Prairie View opened the scoring on the game’s first possession with a 56-yard run by Jaden Stewart. Lamar answered late in the first quarter with a five-play 51-yard drive that was capped by QB Mike Chandler’s 2-yard touchdown run to knot the score at seven. Just 45 seconds later, Panthers QB Trazon Connley would put A&M back on top with a 7-yard touchdown run. After a missed PAT, Prairie View would lead 13-7. The two clubs would combine for 35 second-quarter points, with the Panthers outscoring the Cardinals 21-14 to go into the half with a 34-21 advantage. The second half was all Prairie View, outscoring Lamar 20-0 on their way to a 33-point win. Standout performances by Connley, who went 15-21 179 yards, 2 TD, 0 Int. through the air and had 12 carries for 119 yards and 3 TD on the ground, along with Jaden Stewart, who rushed 141 and a touchdown on just nine carries, led the way for the Panthers.
Up Next: vs. Bethune-Cookman