The Texas Southern Tigers traveled to Huntsville Saturday to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Bearkats are the 2012 FCS Championship finalist and currently ranked #5 in both the Sports Network and the FCS Coaches Poll national rankings.
Both teams struggled with turnovers early in the game as the first quarter ended scoreless. In the second quarter, Texas Southern was first on the scoreboard when Trey Walker intercepted a Brain Bell pass and took it 85 yards to the Sam Houston 9 yard line. The Tiger offense then scored with a 27-yard field goal by Eric Medina. They led 3-0.
TSU continued their success when LaKendric Conley picked off the Bearkats while in the redzone. As the Tigers began their offensive drive, they failed to take advantage of the momentum as they fumbled the ball in their territory.
Sam Houston was able to take advantage of the turnover when their runningback Timothy Flanders scored on a two-yard run to give the Bearkats their first score of the game. It was pretty much all Bearkats from there.
Turnover troubles continued for the Tigers over the next few series. These turnovers led to the scores for the Bearkats and the Tigers went in at the half down 27-3.
“Homer was indecisive so I pulled him out so he could see what they were doing to him,” head coach Darrell Asberry said of his sophomore quarterback Homer Causey. “In the second half, he made the adjustment.”
The Tiger defense did play well in the first half forcing three Bearkat turnovers. They came on a fumble by the Bearkats wide receiver and two interceptions. The Tigers were unable to take advantage of those opportunities.
Sam Houston started the third quarter with touchdowns on their first two possessions for a 41-3 lead.
Tigers running back Daveonn Porter electrified the TSU crowd with a 50-yard touchdown after a 25-yard kick return from Edward Perkins-Loving got the crowd fired up.
“We were not getting to the linebackers in the first half,” said Porter. “We talked about getting to the second level at half time and that’s what we did.”
Sam Houston got another touchdown at the top of the fourth quarter on a five-yard pass from Bell to Shane Young. TSU followed with a 10-yard touchdown run by Causey. The Bearkats scored again to end the game up 55-17.
“We could have given up but we didn’t, “said Asberry. “That says a lot about our character and the type of team this is. I saw a TSU team today that, minus the turnovers, can play with any FCS team in the country.”
Porter led the Tigers with 16 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 55 yard reception.
The Bearkats improved to 2-1 on the season. The Tigers dropped to 0-2.
Texas Southern returns to the field on Thursday, September 19th to face Jackson State for an ESPNU game in Jackson, MS. Kickoff is schedule for 6:30pm.