Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-4) vs. Texas Southern (4-5)
The Sports Network
By Brett Kahn, FCS Assistant Editor
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 28th, 2 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cotton Bowl (72,260) -- Dallas, Texas. Surface: Natural Grass. Television: None. Home Record: Ark-Pine Bluff 2-2; Texas Southern 2-0. Away Record: Ark-Pine Bluff 2-2; Texas Southern 2-4. Neutral Record: Ark-Pine Bluff 1-0; Texas Southern 0-1. Series Record: Texas Southern (19-15-1). Last Meeting: November 29, 2008 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 28-7). Streak: Arkansas-Pine Bluff has won the last five meetings and six of the past nine. Coaches: Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Monte Coleman (8-12); Texas Southern - Johnnie Cole (23-29). SBN Rankings: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (15); Texas Southern (NR).
GAME NOTES: These two Southwestern Athletic Conference squads face off in the second annual Dallas Lone State Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Texas Southern is coming off a 47-33 loss to Grambling, two weeks ago. The offense ranks 18th nationally passing and features quarterback Arvell Nelson (2,109 yards of total offense, 13 TDs), wide receivers Brian Haith (45 catches, 13.1 average, two TDs) and Joe Anderson (38 catches, 10.3 average, five TDs) and running back Martin Gilbert (453 yards rushing, four TDs).
The TSU outgained the Tigers 385 yards to 214, but turned the ball over three times.
TSU's defense ranks 12th nationally in pass efficiency defense, tied for 12th in sacks and 17th in tackles for loss. The unit features linebacker Dejuan Fulghum (76 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss) and safety Curtis Thomas (30 tackles, six interceptions.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is coming into the matchup after falling 49-17 to Prairie View A&M last weekend. The offense managed just 296 yards against the Panthers and ranks 101st nationally in total offense.
Standouts on the Golden Lions' offense are running back Mickey Dean (437 yards rushing, five TDs) quarterback Josh Boudreaux (825 yards of total offense, 10 TDs), tight end Remo Gray (25 catches, 17.5 average, two TDs) and wide receiver Raymond Webber (33 catches, 11.5 average, four TDs).
Arkansas-Pine Bluff ranks 43rd nationally in total defense and features cornerback Kevin Thornton (seven pass breakups, six interceptions) and linebacker Freddy Fairchild (76 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss).
The Golden Lions have won the past five meetings, including a 28-7 meeting last season, but Texas Southern has improved on offense.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Southern 24, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 21.
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