Jackson State defeats Texas Southern 45-35

The Associated Press
Jackson State defeats Texas Southern 45-35
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Jackson State wide receiver Rico Richardson (83) catches the ball for a touchdown against Texas Southern during the second quarter of their NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Andrew Richardson)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Clayton Moore passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more to lead the Jackson State Tigers over the Texas Southern Tigers 45-35.

Moore ran for 101 yards and completed 18 of 36 passes for 363 yards. Moore connected with Rico Richardson on a 44-yard pass for a touchdown. Richardson caught two other passes for touchdowns.

Texas Southern (1-2, 1-1 SWAC) led 21-14 at halftime, but Jackson State scored 17 points in the third quarter.

Rudolph Johnson ran for a touchdown and completed 11 of 21 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The Jackson State defense sacked him six times. Edward Perkins-Loving ran for a touchdown and Fred Plummer, Tory Allen-Ford and Harry Brown caught passes from Johnson for touchdowns.

The game was the SWAC opener for JSU (1-2). The game was played in Texas Southern's new home, the BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston.