Return of the SWAC, Panthers win big.

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Big Plays and not capitalizing hurt the Tigers”

The 35th Labor Day Classic kicks off the season for the Texas Southern Tiger in Houston, TX at the BBVA stadium. In front of a crowd of 16,407 screaming fans in 90-degree weather, the home town Tigers comes into the game ready to start a new year under first-year head coach Clarence McKinney. With so many story-lines surrounding this team throughout the offseason, the only focus now is to win games. Their first challenge is beating a Prairie View program that has won 4 of the last 5 contests. Alas, the 2019 season is here, and McKinney’s Tigers look to make a statement.

Quarterback Deandre Johnson started the game behind center, which was a question mark for the team heading into the first game of the season. Johnson started the game hot, hitting his guys and making plays and gave the Tigers an early 13-6 lead; throwing 10-16 with 123 yards and 1 touchdown.

Throughout the game, the progression of the offense under Johnson declined due to the inability to get adequate time in the pocket and big dropped passes. The Prairie View Panthers were able to capitalize on the Tiger’s mistakes, shifted the energy and change the course of the game. To simply put it, the Panthers woke up and dominated from the 2nd quarter on out. The biggest difference between quarters was the run defense or lack thereof for the Tigers. After holding the Panthers to 24 rushing yards in the 1st quarter, the Panthers ended the game with 265 rushing yards, allowing 8.6 ypc and 4 touchdowns.

The Tigers were not able to capitalize on mistakes like the Panthers were in the Labor Day classic. Prairie View had an abysmal 18 penalties resulting in 132 yards lost and loss the T.O.P battle, which is very hard to come back from and win a game.

Allowing big plays, like a huge 66- and 58-yard TD runs from Dawonya Tucker, and not allowing your QB the time to go through reads because a panther is in his face, there is a lot McKinney and his team learn about themselves in the home opener. The offensive line must play throughout this season for Deandre Johnson or whoever will be behind center a chance to succeed. The pass protection was the area of the game that ultimately failed the team. The fluidity of the offense flourished when the hurry-up worked in their favor. The problem was the inability to give the QB enough time because of sacks and QB hurries. This killed drives and didn’t allow receivers to break into routes. On the other side of the line, the defensive line must cause more problems for their counterparts moving forward. The Panthers ran wild on the Tigers and didn’t register any sacks.

While there is a lot of disappointment that can be said; freshman RB LaDarius Owens was a bright spot for the team. Accounting for 103 all-purpose yards, Owens showed promise for this team in the offensive game and will be a vital part of this team’s future success.

Though being down big, the Tigers would not quit fighting even while being down three scores. In the end, the Panthers win this contest 44-23. TSU will retool and prepare themselves for next week’s game in San Antonio as they’ll face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m.

Game Stats

Prairie View A&M            6              17           14           7              44

Texas Southern                 13            0            10          0              23

 Team Totals PVAM TXSOFB 
   Passing 13 12 
   Rushing Attempts 32 46 
   Average Per Rush 8.3 3.6 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing 280 195 
   Yards Lost Rushing 15 31 
   Completions-Attempts-Int 24-42-1 22-37-1 
   Average Per Attempt 8.3 7.0 
   Average Per Completion 14.6 11.8 
   Passing Touchdowns 
   Total offense plays 74 83 
   Average Gain Per Play 8.3 5.1 
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 1-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards 18-132 3-27 
PUNTS-YARDS 4-159 5-182 
   Average Yards Per Punt 39.8 36.4 
   Net Yards Per Punt 32.2 35.4 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS 7-363 6-345 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff 51.9 57.5 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff 41.9 36.8 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-5-0 1-10-0 
   Average Per Return 5.0 10.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 4-124-0 5-70-0 
   Average Per Return 31.0 14.0 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-0-0 1-19-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards -16 
Possession Time 25:21 30:42 
   1st Quarter 4:38 10:22 
   2nd Quarter 8:26 6:34 
   3rd Quarter 7:42 7:18 
   4th Quarter 4:35 6:28 
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 15 6 of 19 
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 3 of 3 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-5 4-6 
   Touchdowns 3-5 1-6 
   Field goals 1-5 3-6 
Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-21 0-0 
PAT Kicks 5-6 2-2 
Field Goals 1-2 3-4 
Points off turnovers 
Credit to Texas Southern University