Big second half pushed UTSA past Texas Southern, 52-24

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Texas Southern 1-3 , 1-1



 UTSA 2-2 , 0-0


SAN ANTONIO – A second half surge was the difference as Texas Southern dropped a 52-24 hard-fought decision at UTSA on Saturday inside the Alamodome.
TSU opened the game with a bang as LaDarius Owens broke free for a 39-yard run on the drive’s first play but the drive would stall ultimately as TSU was forced to punt. UTSA would score on its opening possession as they marched 87 yards on 10 plays which was capped off by a touchdown run from Frank Harris.

TSU was forced to punt on its second drive but the defense came up big as Charles George forced a fumble which was recovered by Isaiah Hamilton at the UTSA 32. TSU would begin to have success offensively as Trenton Leary caught a big third down conversion to move into the redzone followed by Jacorey Howard’s 15-yard run to the UTSA 4. On 3rd-and-4, Andrew Body rushed in from four yards out for the score as Richard Garcia III’s PAT was good. Unfortunately, all momentum gained from the drive was lost in a flash as UTSA scored on a 97-yard kickoff return on the ensuing possession.
Midway through the second quarter with the score still 14-7 UTSA, TSU had a prime opportunity to score as Howard broke free for a long gain followed by another run which moved TSU to the UTSA 11. However, the scoring threat ended on a TSU interception in the endzone but the TSU defense forced a turnover on downs to get the ball back.
With 5:25 in the quarter, UTSA scored on a 31-yard touchdown reception for a 21-7 lead but TSU’s Chaunzavia Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 45 yard to the 50 plus a facemask penalty gave TSU the ball at the UTSA 35. Another UTSA personal foul set up a 16-yard Body to AJ Bennett reception to the UTSA 4 which led to Body’s 4-yard touchdown run with 4:29 left.
TSU forced a punt on UTSA’s next possession and the offense responded with intensity as they drove 83 yards to set up a Garcia III’s 20-yard field goal as time expired for a 21-17 halftime deficit.
UTSA hit on a 69-yard touchdown to open the third quarter but TSU continued to fight after two offensive drives which saw them get to the UTSA 27 and 32-yard lines. However, TSU’s first foray of the quarter ended in a turnover on downs while the second ended on a missed field goal attempt with 6:25 left. After the missed field goal, UTSA needed only three plays to score as they used the deep ball for a touchdown and a 35-17 third quarter lead.
Despite the setback, the Tiger offense showed why they are a unit to be feared as they shook off an early penalty and long third downs while marching 87 yards on 10 plays as Jacorey Howard caught a shovel pass from Body and raced 33 yards to the endzone as TSU trailed 35-24 after the PAT.
UTSA would tack on two more touchdowns and a field goal to close out the contest.
TSU finished with 464 total yards of offense as 235 came via the ground and 229 were through the air. Body passed for 229 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-23 passing while Derek Morton caught four passes for 68 yards. Howard led all TSU rushers with 88 yards on 12 attempts. Tarik Cooper and Alijah Muhammad both had five tackles.
TSU is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 1 as they’ll face Alabama State in its home opener at PNC Stadium at 6 p.m.

Team Statistics

Game StatsTSUUTS
Total Yards464553
Pass Yards229441
Rushing Yards235112
Penalty Yards3-355-70
1st Downs2221
3rd Downs9-201-8
4th Downs0-11-2
UTS10:06 – UTS – Harris,Frank 19 yd run (Sackett,Jared kick), 10 plays, 87 yards, TOP 03:0907
TSU03:31 – TSU – Body,Andrew 4 yd run (Garcia III,Richard kick), 7 plays, 32 yards, TOP 02:5077
UTS03:18 – UTS – Carpenter,Chris 97 yd kickoff return (Sackett,Jared kick)714
UTS05:25 – UTS – Clark,De’Corian 31 yd pass from Harris,Frank (Sackett,Jared kick) 4 plays, 71 yards, TOP 01:17721
TSU04:29 – TSU – Body,Andrew 4 yd run (Garcia III,Richard kick), 3 plays, 35 yards, TOP 00:471421
TSU00:00 – TSU – Garcia III,Richard 20 yd field goal 9 plays, 83 yards, TOP 03:071721
UTS14:13 – UTS – Clark,De’Corian 69 yd pass from Harris,Frank (Sackett,Jared kick) 3 plays, 75 yards, TOP 00:401728
UTS05:37 – UTS – Cephus,Joshua 23 yd pass from Harris,Frank (Sackett,Jared kick) 3 plays, 68 yards, TOP 00:481735
TSU01:25 – TSU – Howard,Jacorey 33 yd pass from Body,Andrew (Garcia III,Richard kick) 10 plays, 87 yards, TOP 04:062435
UTS14:49 – UTS – Franklin,Zakhari 35 yd pass from Harris,Frank (Sackett,Jared kick) 6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 01:362442
UTS12:00 – UTS – Sackett,Jared 43 yd field goal 6 plays, 14 yards, TOP 01:482445
UTS05:51 – UTS – Clark,De’Corian 7 yd pass from Marburger,Eddie Lee (Sackett,Jared kick) 6 plays, 67 yards, TOP 02:292452

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