The Sports Network
By John Hooper, FCS Correspondent
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 29th, 3:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cotton Bowl (72,260) -- Dallas, Texas. Surface: Natural Grass. Television: None. Home Record: Texas Southern 0-3; Ark-Pine Bluff 2-4; Away Record: Texas Southern 1-3; Ark-Pine Bluff 0-3. Neutral Record: Texas Southern 3-1; Ark-Pien Bluff 0-2. Series Record: Texas Southern (19-14-1). Last Meeting: November 17, 2007 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 20-10). Streak: Arkansas-Pine Bluff has won the last four meetings and five of the past eight. Coaches: Texas Southern - Johnnie Cole (19-23); Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Monte Coleman (2-9). Sports Network and SBN Rankings: Texas Southern (NR); Arkansas- Pine Bluff (NR).
GAME NOTES: Texas Southern hasn't found the treading easy since quarterback Bobby Reid went down with a knee injury three weeks ago, getting held to just 101 yards of total offense in the 33-7 loss to Grambling last Thursday.
Quarterback Cornelius Hamilton (899 yards, six TDs, eight interceptions) struggled last week and the Tigers' only score came off a muffed Grambling punt return that was recovered in the end zone by TSU's Zachary Dixon.
Defensively, linebacker Dejuan Fulgham (99 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss) has been one of the few bright spots for a unit giving up 438 yards per game and 40 points per game in 2008. Fulgham was spectacular last week, recording 20 stops, the most in the SWAC this season. Arkansas Pine-Bluff is coming off its first FCS win of the season, shutting out Mississippi Valley State last Saturday.
Under the direction of quarterback Gvona Turner (976 yards, five interceptions) and running back Martell Mallett (778 yards, seven TDs), the offense will look to build off its second-highest point production of the season (highest against FCS opponent).
The Golden Lions had their best defensive performance as well, forcing six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles) in the win over the Delta Devils. Safety John Keith (107 tackles, 11,5 tackles for loss) leads a UAPB pass defense that gives up just 150 yards through the air on the season.
But Arkansas-Pine Bluff will have to find a way to stop the league's top receiver in TSU's William Osborne (75 receptions, 1,008 yards, 13.4 yards per catch, seven TDs). Osborne ranks 10th nationally in receptions, is 17th receiving yards, third in punt returns (18.4) and second in all-purpose yards (194 per game).
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Southern 28, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 24.
11/27 12:38:24 ET