No doubt, though, it wasn’t the start Justice Jones was looking for as his squad fell 45-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
The young quarterback completed 13-of-25 passes for the Tigers but was held to 52 yards and threw two interceptions.
He also was sacked twice in the loss.
On the other side of the field, running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for two touchdowns and Alabama State forced two turnovers in the second quarter in the win.
Crowell, a transfer from Georgia, finished with 149 yards on 17 carries and opened the scoring with a 63-yard run midway through the second quarter.
After Brandon Slater recovered a Kendall Denson fumble on Texas Southern’s next possession, Crowell scored again, this time with a 34-yard run.
Texas Southern (1-5, 1-4) turned the ball over for the second time in the quarter when Jeff Anderson was intercepted by Darius Knox. Greg Jenkins connected with Landon Jones from 32 yards two plays later to make it 21-0.
Alabama State (4-2, 4-1) outgained Texas Southern 432 to 133, including just 29 rushing yards for the Tigers.