HOUSTON -- LonDres Johnson had a touchdown run and Anthony Balancier scored on an interception return in a 16-second span in the second quarter in Southern's 31-24 victory over Texas Southern on Friday night.
Southern (5-4, 5-2 Southwestern Athletic) scored 21 straight points in a little under five minutes in the second quarter. Dray Joseph began the run with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Lee Doss, Johnson followed with a 1-yard scoring run, and Anthony Balancier returned his interception 10 yards for another score.
Joseph, 16 of 28 for 231 yards, made it 28-10 in the fourth quarter with a 65-yard pass to Randall Mendard. Greg Pittman added a 38-yard field with goal with 2:14 left.
Eric Medina opened the scoring for Texas Southern (2-7, 2-6) late in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal. Tigers quarterback Homer Causey had a 43-yard touchdown run late in the first half, added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dedric Shipman with 1:19 to go.
Causey was 13 of 21 for 154 yards and ran for 128 yards on 14 carries.
Miami has lost running back Gus Edwards for the entire season because of a left foot injury.
Virginia Tech will wear a decal on its helmets against No. 1 Ohio State on Monday night to honor slain Roanoke television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
South Carolina football players will wear stickers on their helmets this season to honor the nine people who died in a shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston this past June.
Washington has found its starting quarterback, but coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies will keep that information under wraps until Friday's season opener at No. 23 Boise State.
Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
Transfer Vernon Adams will be the starting quarterback when Oregon begins its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.