The Southern Jaguars travelled to Texas to take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers in an exciting game and a high scoring one as well. This was a good game played by Howard and Tillery of Southern and it showed as the Jaguars would go on to win this game by a score of 44-34. This game seemed fairly even early on as both teams were scoring after one another, but Southern began to gain momentum around the middle of the game and that lead would prove to be too much for the panthers and would help southern win the game.
Austin Howard played a great game for his team as he threw for 195 yards and 4 touchdowns and also one interception. Lenard Tillery did not have a touchdown tonight, but did have 29 carries for 245 yards. Many other Southern players contributed to this win to keep the jaguars competitive in the conference. When the game began the defenses of both teams would start out strong and do their best to help their team score. The first score was made by Prairie View A&M when McCray ran in a score. The jaguars would quickly answer when Dillon Beard caught a 10 yard pass from Howard to give the jaguars their first score of the game. The score could have been tied at this point but the PAT after the southern touchdown was blocked and the score at the end of the first quarter was 7-6.
It was in the second quarter where Southern came alive and began to score points. After a few minutes into the quarter, Albuquerque made a field goal to give southern the lead. Shortly after Howard would complete a 3 yard touchdown pass to Randall Menard to further extend the lead. Prairie View A&M would not let Southern score too many points on them at their home turf however, a few minutes after the southern score, Jalen Morton threw a 73 yard pass to Lastrappe to cut the southern lead. From this point the jaguars would score 14 unanswered points which may have helped them win the game. Willie Quinn caught a pass from Howard for 59 yards and later in the quarter Herbert Edwards would run in a score. Once halftime began, the score was 30-14.
The panthers came out of halftime ready to play, as they scored a passing touchdown a few minutes into the third quarter. The panthers then attempted a 2 point conversion but failed the attempt. Southern had a 10 point lead at this point. A few minutes later, Hebert Edwards would score another touchdown, this time on a pass from Howard. At the end of the quarter, southern would score again on a fumble return by Aaron Tiller. The fourth quarter only saw one score that came from prairie view which made the score 44-34.
Prairie View A&M did have more total yards on the night, but not by much, they had 488 yards compared to 460 by Southern. The panthers also had more time of possession and more first downs for the game. They also had more turnovers than Southern did, which aided in the jaguar win.
Southern now sits at 7-2 on the season and is still undefeated in the SWAC. This is an honor that they still share with fellow Louisiana team Grambling University. The jaguars have their eyes set on the SWAC championship game at this point, which is attainable for them. The jaguars take on Mississippi Valley State next week, then comes the highly anticipated game against Gambling at the Bayou Classic game in New Orleans.