The night game at Blackshear Stadium in Prairie View started well for the Prairie View A&M Panthers, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff would finish the night with 22 unanswered points to defeat the Panthers, 36-29.
With a 29-14 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter PVAMU had control of game. “Its just one of those games where you can see the momentum swing coming,” Panthers coach Heishma Northern said.
PVAMU has given up 650 rushing yards in their first three games of the season.
“We couldn’t do anything to stop the momentum whether it was on special teams or defense,” Northern said. “I think thats were the big momentum swings is coming and we didn’t get them this week.”
UAPB dominated time of possession 35:04 to 24:51, while PVAMU only converted 1 of 13 on third down. UAPB quarterback Benjamin Anderson threw for two touchdowns to receiver Desmond Beverly and running back Stephen Jones rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Taking the good with the bad continued for PVAMU and redshirt freshman quarterback Jerry Lovelocke. Lovelocke threw for two touchdown, but also threw for two interceptions.
“Some people are going to say he is the best quarterback since (Steve) McNair, and some people are going to say he is the worse quarterback in the history of the school,” Northern said.
“That’s the way it goes when you play quarterback. You get too much of the blame and too much of the glory.”
PVAMU cornerback preseason All-American Moses Ellis sat out a majority of the second half due to an ankle injury. Northern said, “He is one our guys, he is a leader and as one of our leaders he made a decision to play injured. We just didn’t make plays tonight.”
PVAMU plays Jerry Rice’s alma mater, Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 25 at Blackshear Stadium. It was only the second time the Panthers have lost since 2008.
“Refocus, we got to pay attention to detail,” Northern said. “Our game plan won’t change because we lost the ball game.”