Courtesy Texas Southern Sports Information

Houston, TX-The Texas Southern Tigers’ 2011 debut was exciting but the end was not what the defending champions were hoping for against rival Prairie View A&M.

TSU won only one of the last five Labor Day Classic meetings against PV. But this year the Panthers were playing in TSU’s temporary home Delmar Stadium where the Tigers were undefeated in two seasons.

Texas Southern got off to a great start in protecting that streak. They scored on their opening drive. Quarterback Dantavious Parker took the Tigers 83 yards in 13 plays and put TSU on the board first with a two yard touchdown run.

On the kick off, Prairie View’s Jermaine Waddy answered with an 80 yard touchdown return to tie the game at seven.

TSU dominated the first quarter on paper with 111 rushing yards to PV’s 12 and earning nine first downs while the Panthers only had one. Prairie View only had the ball for 2:53 in the first quarter but both teams were tied going into the next period.

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