Despite a solid first half, the Texas Southern Tigers dropped their fourth straight game in a 42-21 loss to Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
After falling to the University of Houston, the Texas Southern Tigers football team (1-4, 0-1) suffered their fourth straight defeat, this time, at the hands of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (3-3, 1-0) 42-21, Saturday, at the BBVA Compass in Houston.
Tigers receiver, Tariq Buchanan, led the way for Texas Southern as he recorded seven receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Despite throwing two interceptions, quarterback Glen Cuiellette threw 21-46 for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
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“Our secondary has to stop playing scared,” head coach Michael Haywood said. “We gave them too much coverage and we may have to do a complete evaluation of our players moving forward.”
Following an early first quarter five-yard touchdown pass from Aqeel Glass to Brian Jenkins Jr, it was a wire to wire victory for the Bulldogs in the first game of SWAC play. Alabama’s phenomenal play throughout the game was largely due to several penalties that worked in the Bulldogs’ favor.
The Tigers received eight penalties in the first half, resulting in 89 yards to the Bulldogs, and Haywood said discipline is to blame.
“We have to play players who are disciplined,” Haywood said. “We got a 15-yard penalty on a put return. Why would you hit the guy after you saw he clearly fair catch the ball? That is truly a lack of discipline, and that is my fault because the wrong players are in. It does not matter how good a player may be, I need guys who will show disciplined throughout the game.”
Unfortunately for the Tigers penalties were not the only thing that stood in the way of ending their losing streak. Texas Southern gave up 226 rushing yards to the Bulldogs, as Alabama’s senior running back, Trevon Walters, rushed for 162 yards on 10 carries.
In an attempt to end their slump, the Tigers will return to the field this weekend for a homecoming showdown against the Grambling State Tigers. Kick off is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday.