Denton, TX-The Texas Southern Tigers had their hands full tonight, when they took on the University of North Texas in Apogee Stadium. It was the season opener for the Mean Green and the Tigers showed that UNT was in for a fight.
North Texas started with a strong ground attack, and scored on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers offense started slow and went three and out. Texas Southern’s defense got the ball right back when Tray Walker intercepted Derick Thompson’s pass on the first play of series.
TSU’s offense didn’t capitalize on the turnover and ended the first quarter down by seven.
Texas Southern gave up a field goal and a touchdown in the second quarter and trailed 17-0. That score held into the half.
“I was very pleased with our defensive performance. Those guys came and they played. We just could not find our rhythm offensively,” said head coach Darrell Asberry. “We struggled early and it seemed like every time we moved the ball something bad would happen.”
Something good finally happened for the Tigers in the second half. Dantavious Parker took the Tigers 82 yards in seven plays. Parker finished the drive with a 59 yard touchdown pass to Daniel McKayhan. It was McKayhan’s third catch of the game. TSU trailed 20-7.
The Tigers defense kept the team within striking distance going into the fourth quarter. North Texas’ depth caught up to the Tigers and they scored two more touchdowns. TSU ended the game down 34-7.
D. Parker completed 7 of 20 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown with one interception. McKayhan had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. James Davis had two receptions for 39 yards including a 34 yard bomb in the fourth quarter.
Walker led the defense with 11 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup. Senior linebacker William Parker had 10 tackles and 1.5 TFL. Steven White had a forced fumble that Samuel Gordy recovered.
White had 6 tackles while Gordy had 5.
TSU fought as a team, lost as a team and will rebound as a team.
“The biggest thing is getting back and looking at the film to make corrections,’ said William Parker. “I feel there was nothing big that we did wrong; we just needed to execute more.”
“Sometimes a good football team needs these kinds of things to happen…as far as a tough loss like this one,” Asberry said. “It helps them to bounce back and be more determined and focused. Hopefully, we’ll come back on a positive note after this one.”
“I can promise you that me and my team mates will definitely not forget this taste and we are going to come out hungry next week,” said offensive lineman Moses Alvidrez.”
The Tigers will host Jackson State on September 15th in their first home game in the new BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30pm
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