Houston, we have a problem: G-Men struggle at Texas Southern

Grambling senior linebacker Sundiate Anderson is pictured making a hit on a Texas Southern player during the 41-7 loss for the G-Men Saturday night in Houston. (Photo Courtesy GSU Athletics Communications)

By T. Scott Boatright


HOUSTON — Costly growing pains were too much to overcome as Grambling State fell 41-7 at Texas Southern in PNC Stadium Saturday night.

It simply seemed TSU had GSU’s number. Texas Southern quarterback Andrew Body connected with eight different receivers, going 15-of-22 passing for 190 yards, with two scores.

LaDarius Owens gave Texas Southern (5-5, 4-3 SWAC) a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a 1-yard plunge to paydirt.

Grambling true freshman Julian Calvez responded with  a 37-yard scoring strike to Joshua Johnson to tie the contest. 

But Texas Southern didn’t waste time in counting punching, with Body connecting with  Tavaris Achane for a 15-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left in the period. 

Another long long touchdown pass from Body to Bennett was the only score of the second quarter and the Tigers took a 21-7 lead at halftime.

The loss snapped a two-game streak for the G-Men, who now stand at 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s West Division.

Grambling will close out its season against Southern at the Bayou Classic set to start at 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans.

GSU totaled 14 first downs and 244 total yards of offense with  126 yards on the ground. True Freshman Chance Williams — aka “Cadillac,” led Grambling’s  ground game with 45 yards on 11 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per touch.

Grambling sent transfer Quaterius Hawkins into the game to try and spark a second-half surge, but TSU’s  Isaiah Hamilton countered with a 12-yard pick six before Texas Southern’s Kevin Harris pounded his way in on  1-yard touchdown run with five seconds left in the third quarter to give the home-standing Tigers a  33-7 advantage. 

Daveon Ford scored from a yard out on a fourth-quarter run for TSU’s fina; score.

True freshman quarterback Julian Calvez, who started for the G-Men, Julian Calvez connected on 6-of-12 passes for 85 yards, including the scoring strike to Thompson and the scoring interception.

Texas Southern finished with 22 first downs and 443 total yards of offense, while Grambling State totaled 14 first downs and 244 total yards of offense, with 126 of that coming on the ground

Grambling now will rest up and prepare on a bye week before returning for its season finale in the 49th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble.


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