Football Recap - November 1
Southern 31, Texas Southern 24
HOUSTON, Texas - Southern University held off Texas Southern to claim a 31-24 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory on Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
LonDres Johnson had a touchdown run and Anthony Balancier scored on an interception return in a 16-second span in the second quarter to keep SU (5-4, 5-2) atop of the SWAC West Division.
The Jaguars scored 21 straight points under five minutes in the second quarter. Dray Joseph sparked the run with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Lee Doss, Johnson followed with a one-yard scoring run, and Balancier returned his interception 10 yards to tack on another score.
Joseph finished 16-of-28 for 231 yards and extended the lead 28-10 in the fourth quarter. He connected a 65-yard pass to SWAC Newcomer of the Week, Randall Mendard. Greg Pittman added a 38-yard field with goal with 2:14 left.
Bradley Coleman led SU with seven receptions for 54 yards while Lenard Tillery added 75 yards on 16 carries for a 4.7 average on the ground. SU registered 359 yards of total offense.
Daniel Brown led the defense with nine tackles and two sacks.
Eric Medina put Texas Southern (2-7, 2-6) on the board late in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal. Homer Causey had a 43-yard touchdown run late in the first half, added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, and threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Dedric Shipman with 1:19 to go to cap the scoring.
Causey went 13-of-21 for 154 yards and ran for 128 yards on 14 carries. Jaquaa Peters and Malik Cross added four receptions apiece combining for 104 yards.
Branden Thoms and Demetrius Johnson recorded an interception. Thomas also led the field with 13 tackles including 3.5 for a loss.
The Tigers finished with 334 yards of total offense.