Scores

Final

Texas Southern 44

(1-0, 1-0 SWAC)

PV A&M 41

(0-1, 0-1 SWAC)

8:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

1 2 3 4 T
TXSO 7 10 21 644
PV 20 7 7 741

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smalls (TXSO) - 222 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Brown (PV) - 11 CAR, 86 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Davis (TXSO) - 4 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Texas Southern 44, Prairie View 41

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Robert Hersh kicked a 47-yard field goal on the last play to give Texas Southern a 44-41 victory against Prairie View A&M on Saturday night at Reliant Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

After Jerry Lovelocke ran 5 yards for a touchdown to enable Prairie View A&M to tie the score with 1:16 remaining, Texas Southern's Billy Rosenberg stepped in front of a short kickoff and gave the Tigers possession at their 49-yard line. Five plays later, Dantavio Parker hit Harry Brown with a 9-yard pass to the Prairie View A&M 30 with four seconds remaining, setting up Hersh's kick attempt.

Texas Southern, which overcame a 20-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter, used two quarterbacks. Parker played earlier in the game before relieving Riko Smalls, who passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and ran for 101 yards, for the final drive. Fred Plummer had five receptions for 142 yards for the Tigers, and Edward Perkins-Loving rushed for 88 yards and two TDs.

Courtney Brown had 86 yards and three touchdowns rushing for the Panthers.

Hersh made three field goals, including a 42-yarder that gave Texas Southern a 41-34 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers opened the Darrell Asberry coaching era with a win and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. It was the second straight meeting between the schools decided on a late field goal, as Prairie View won 37-34 on a kick with four seconds remaining a year ago.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TXSO
PV
1st Downs2424
Total Yards544500
Passing287265
Rushing257235
Penalties10-7610-90
3rd Down Conversions6-164-11
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers32
Possession33:5126:09

Passing Leaders

Texas SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smalls9/1822212.312
Prairie View A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smiley13/201869.311

Rushing Leaders

Texas SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smalls111019.2026
Perkins-Loving18884.9226
Prairie View A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson171076.3038
Brown11867.8318

Receiving Leaders

Texas SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Plummer514228.4064
Davis49624.0240
Prairie View A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson46616.5041
Watkins25226.0040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTXSOPV
TD11:44De'Auntre Smiley 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 06
TD05:59Courtney Brown 5 Yd Run (Christopher Barrick Kick) 013
TD03:10James Davis 36 Yd Pass From Dantavious Parker (Robert Hersh Kick) 713
TD01:19Courtney Brown 7 Yd Run (Christopher Barrick Kick) 720
SECOND QUARTERTXSOPV
TD12:08LeTevin Wilcox 33 Yd Fumble Return (Robert Hersh Kick) 1420
TD09:47Deandre Cooper 13 Yd Pass From De'Auntre Smiley (Christopher Barrick Kick) 1427
FG01:54Robert Hersh 25 Yd 1727
THIRD QUARTERTXSOPV
TD13:39Edward Perkins-Loving 5 Yd Run (Robert Hersh Kick) 2427
TD10:55Edward Perkins-Loving 26 Yd Run (Robert Hersh Kick) 3127
TD07:42Courtney Brown 10 Yd Run (Christopher Barrick Kick) 3134
TD00:00James Davis 10 Yd Pass From Riko Smalls (Robert Hersh Kick) 3834
FOURTH QUARTERTXSOPV
FG09:02Robert Hersh 42 Yd 4134
TD01:16Jerry Lovelocke 5 Yd Run (Christopher Barrick Kick) 4141
FG00:00Robert Hersh 47 Yd 4441