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.
Kansas State will add experienced safety Dante Barnett to what it appears to be a very solid returning core in the secondary.
Known for its high-flying offense, defense often defines Oregon's trajectory, and after a rough 2015 it needs Henry Mondeaux and Co. take arrive.
The latest defensive triplets to be featured are Colorado's, as the Buffaloes are ranked ninth and could go even higher if their defense improves more.
Ohio State hits the road on Sept. 17 to take on Oklahoma, which returns QB Baker Mayfield and RB Samaje Perine after averaging 43.5 points in 2015.
The San Francisco 49ers made DeForest Buckner a first-round pick this year and will pair him with another former Oregon star in Arik Armstead.
The Horned Frogs are among the top teams in the Big 12. If Arkansas can beat them, it'll say something about how far Bret Bielema's team has come.
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