After being sidelined all week due to an undisclosed injury, Prairie View A&M kicker Chris Barrick answered the prayers of PV Nation when he knocked down his first career field goal and clenched the Panthers victory over the Texas Southern University Tigers.
The redshirt freshman out of Copperas Cove, TX nailed the 36-yard field goal to snatch the 37-34 victory from the 2010 SWAC Champions TSU.
“I knew it was going in,” Barrick said. “I wasn’t worried at all.”
With 9:15 left in the game, the Panthers looked like they were on the verge of going 0-2 on the season and their SWAC Championship hopes dashed. In his first start, Prairie View A&M quarterback Jerry Lovelocke had different plans for the 27th annual Labor Day Classic. The redshirt freshman out of Baltimore scored on a 30-yard run and then connected with receiver Greg Thurmond in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown to tie the contest at 34 with 2:15 remaining.
Poor special teams play haunted the Tigers all game. TSU missed two extra-point attempts and had on field goal blocked, which Panthers defender Jacquez Polk returned 85 yards to set up a touchdown. Jermaine Waddy returned a kickoff 80 yards for another score.
“I’m always thinking SWAC Championship,” said receivers coach Harry Williams, a former Houston Texans player. “But we have to take it one game at a time.”
Prairie View A&M has won the last five consecutive match-ups and seven of their last eight.