“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.
Prairie View A&M 6 17 14 7 44
Texas Southern 13 0 10 0 23
|NET YARDS RUSHING||265||164|
|Average Per Rush||8.3||3.6|
|Yards Gained Rushing||280||195|
|Yards Lost Rushing||15||31|
|NET YARDS PASSING||350||259|
|Average Per Attempt||8.3||7.0|
|Average Per Completion||14.6||11.8|
|TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS||615||423|
|Total offense plays||74||83|
|Average Gain Per Play||8.3||5.1|
|Average Yards Per Punt||39.8||36.4|
|Net Yards Per Punt||32.2||35.4|
|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|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD||0-0-0||0-0-0|
|Third-Down Conversions||6 of 15||6 of 19|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 3||3 of 3|
|Sacks By: Number-Yards||3-21||0-0|
|Points off turnovers||3||3|