Scores

Final

Miss Valley St 58

(3-6, 1-6 SWAC)

Texas Southern 44

(4-6, 1-4 SWAC)

3:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MVSU 7 21 9 2158
TXSO 14 7 13 1044

Top Performers

Passing: P. Roberts (MVSU) - 413 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: M. Wright (TXSO) - 17 CAR, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Osborne (TXSO) - 11 REC, 195 YDS, 2 TD

MVSU 58, Texas Southern 44

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Paul Roberts threw for 413 yards and five touchdowns to lead Mississippi Valley State to a 58-44 win against Texas Southern on Saturday.

The Delta Devils (3-6, 1-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter before DeKoven Burrell intercepted a Texas Southern pass and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown.

Texas Southern (4-6, 1-4 SWAC) answered the pick with a four-yard run by Marcus Wright to go back up 14-7 with about three minutes to go in the first quarter.

The two teams traded touchdowns early in the second quarter before the Delta Devils scored on a two-yard pass from Roberts and another interception and 37-yard return for a touchdown by J.R. Purnell. Mississippi Valley State led 28-21 at the half.

Texas Southern scored midway through the third quarter to make the score 28-27, but failed to tie the game on the following extra point attempt.

The two teams traded scores again, including a 2-point safety by Mississippi Valley State and one touchdown apiece for both schools. They ended the third quarter with the Panthers trailing, 37-34.

The Delta Devils kept the scoring going in the fourth with two more touchdown passes from Roberts and a 10-yard run from Stephen Roberts. Cornelius Harmon threw for 464 yards and completed 28-of-55 passes and four touchdowns for Texas Southern, but also had four passes intercepted.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MVSU
TXSO
1st Downs2728
Total Yards508558
Passing413456
Rushing95102
Penalties10-14711-123
3rd Down Conversions3-146-16
4th Down Conversions1-32-5
Turnovers17
Possession28:1831:42

Passing Leaders

Mississippi Valley StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Roberts27/524137.950
Texas SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harmon29/534568.644

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi Valley StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robert68514.2130
Watkins6233.809
Texas SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright171026.0121
Caparelli6437.2115

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi Valley StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stargell310836.0184
Cotten710314.7030
Texas SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Osbourne1119517.7269
Haith88610.8019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMVSUTXSO
TD13:24Lucas Caparelli 2 Yd Run (Robert Hersh Kick) 07
TD04:36DeKcove Burrell 84 Yd Interception Return (Zack Gilarski Kick) 77
TD03:07Marcus Wright 4 Yd Run (Robert Hersh Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMVSUTXSO
TD07:33Brandon Stargell 84 Yd Pass From Paul Roberts (Zack Gilarski Kick) 1414
TD06:31William Osbourne 69 Yd Pass From Cornelius Harmon (Robert Hersh Kick) 1421
TD02:49Cameron Russ 2 Yd Pass From Paul Roberts (Zack Gilarski Kick) 2121
TD01:59J.R. Purnell 37 Yd Interception Return (Zack Gilarski Kick) 2821
THIRD QUARTERMVSUTXSO
TD06:44Lucas Caparelli 41 Yd Pass From Cornelius Harmon (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2827
SF02:22Ball Through End Zone 3027
TD02:01William Osbourne 47 Yd Pass From Cornelius Harmon (Robert Hersh Kick) 3034
TD00:53Cameron Russ 8 Yd Pass From Paul Roberts (Zack Gilarski Kick) 3734
FOURTH QUARTERMVSUTXSO
FG14:09Robert Hersh 21 Yd 3737
TD08:48Abner Brown 21 Yd Pass From Paul Roberts (Zack Gilarski Kick) 4437
TD05:17Andrew Thomas 9 Yd Pass From Cornelius Harmon (Robert Hersh Kick) 4444
TD03:35Abner Brown 16 Yd Pass From Paul Roberts (Zack Gilarski Kick) 5144
TD02:25Stephen Robert 10 Yd Run (Zack Gilarski Kick) 5844