Texas Southern closed out its home schedule Saturday night at PNC Stadium defeating the Grambling State Tigers 41-7 for the first time since 2018. This was Grambling State’s return to Houston for the first time since then.TSU’s last win over GSU in Houston (23-20) was in 2012. Grambling previously had held a seven-game winning streak over TSU with TSU’s last win in 2013 at Grambling 23-17.
Led by first-year head coach Hue Jackson, GSU struggled early on but found its stride with a two-game winning streak which had featured them scoring 30-plus points while only allowing no more than 10 points in both games. Both teams rank top six in scoring amongst SWAC teams as No. 6 Texas Southern averages 24.6 points while No. 4 GSU averages 25 points.
TSU scored first midway thru the 1st quarter at the 6:20 mark on a one-yard TD run by RB Ladarious Owen who finished the game with 13 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown. The point after kick was good (TSU 7- Grambling 0 ). At the 2:19 mark, Grambling responded with a 37-yard TD pass from QB Julian Calvez to speedy WR Joshua Johnson to tie the game. The point after kick was good (TSU 7 – Grambling 7). With 23 seconds of the 1 quarter left of the clock, TSU scored on a 15-yard pass from QB Andrew Body (who had been ill the entire week and had not attended team practice) to WR Tavaris Achane. The point after attempt was blocked and TSU kicker Curtis Falkenburg was injured during the attempt that ended the 1st quarter with the score TSU 13 – Grambling 7.
The second quarter was a battle with both teams flexing their defensive skills. At the 2:07 mark of the 2nd quarter QB, Andrew Body completed a 65-TD yard pass to WR AJ Bennett increasing TSU’s lead. With no backup kicker, the Tigers completed a 2-point conversion to WR AJ Bennett. TSU led at the half 21-7.
At the 7:22 mark of the 3rd quarter, TSU scored on a 12-yard pick 6, by cornerback Isaiah Hamilton who jumped the route and scored untouched. The 2-point conversion failed. (TSU 27-Grambling 7). At the .05 mark of the 3rd quarter, TSU scores again on a 1-yard run by RB Kevin Harris. Once again, the 2-point conversion failed. The third quarter ended. TSU 33 – Grambling 7.
At the 7:20 mark of the 4th quarter, TSU scored on a 1yard TD run by RB Daveon Ford. QB Andrew Body passed to WR Tavaris Achane for the 2-point conversion. It capped off a brilliant offensive game plan by 4-year coach Clarence McKinney on Senior Night for the Tigers playing their last regular season home game in front of family and alumni at PNC stadium.
TSU QB Andrew Body completed 15-22 for 190 yards and 2 TDs. RB Ladarious Owen rushed for 105 yds on 13 carries and 1 TD. WR AJ Bennett had 1 reception for 65 yds and 1 TD.
* TSU total offense 443 yards: Passing yards 190 Rushing yards 253
GSU total offense 244 yards: Passing 118 Rushing yards 126