HOUSTON – The significance of BBVA Compass Stadium wasn’t lost on UAPB receiver Willie Young.

HOUSTON – The significance of BBVA Compass Stadium wasn’t lost on UAPB receiver Willie Young.

It was where the Golden Lions wrapped up their second-ever SWAC Western Division championship by trouncing a struggling Texas Southern program 49-3 in 2012. That was the first year the stadium was open and also the first year Darrell Asberry was at the helm of the Tigers.

Just like Saturday’s 38-37 triumph in the same venue, UAPB’s first visit came on the Tigers’ homecoming day. And in both instances, the largely empty seating didn’t provide for such a homecoming venue.

"It really feels special, being here and getting another W," said Young, who caught two go-ahead passes in the fourth quarter Saturday. "When I hit the locker room, I just thought about all the memories of how we clinched in 2012. It’s just really exciting to me."

Young added to the memories Saturday with some late-game heroics, and UAPB ended a four-game losing streak to keep hopes of a winning season alive.

Texas Southern has now lost three of its past four after starting 4-0, leaving Asberry visibly disappointed during his postgame conference.

"You’re supposed to win homecoming, no matter who you play," he said. "As coaches, I thought our kids fought well, but as coaches, I want to make sure we put our kids in the best possible situation to win."

Instead, UAPB is now 2-0 all-time in the downtown Houston venue that’s also home to Major League Soccer’s Dynamo.

1-on-1 conversations

UAPB coach Monte Coleman revealed Saturday that he held 1-on-1 meetings with each of his players this week, asking them for their commitment to finishing the season strong.

"I just explained to them the concept of team, and this is the first time they’ve come out and played for 60 minutes," Coleman said. "There were some letdowns in there. I’m hoping that just maybe, the meetings had a little to do with it."

Coleman used each meeting, which he said lasted about 10 minutes, to contradict the saying that goes "There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’". "When you’ve got 11 people playing a collective sport, that ‘I’ stands for ‘individual’, and every ‘I’ – every individual – has to do his job," he said.

"I asked them to just commit to the team, and this is by far the best team effort we had all season."

TSU basketball team honored at halftime

Members of the 2013-14 Texas Southern men’s basketball team received their SWAC championship rings at halftime.

Texas Southern won the conference tournament at Houston’s Toyota Center in March to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Tigers went 19-15 and 12-6 in the SWAC.

Texas Southern will open its basketball season Nov. 14 at Eastern Washington and play three days later at Indiana, the same school current Tigers coach Mike Davis led to an NCAA runner-up finish against Maryland in 2002.

The game ball goes to …

Willie Young for his two go-ahead catches, from 60 and 69 yards out, in the fourth quarter.

Next for the Lions …

UAPB will play its first home game since Sept. 27 and take on natural conference rival Mississippi Valley State next Saturday. Valley is 2-6 and 1-5 in the SWAC and did not play this weekend.

Kickoff at Golden Lion Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.