LATE HERORICS LIFTS PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PAST ALCORN STATE

LATE HERORICS LIFTS PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PAST ALCORN STATE

By Ryan McGinty – Interim Sports Information Director, Prarie View A&M Univers

 

 

 

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Quarterback K.J. Black found Shaun Stephens alone in the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining as Prairie View A&M completed an amazing comeback over Alcorn State before 3,212 fans at Blackshear Field on Saturday afternoon. The win marks the fourth consecutive winning season the Panthers which hasn’t happened since the freshman class of 1964 had four straight winning campaigns from 1964 to 1967.{{more}}It looked like Prairie View A&M would stroll to an easy victory as the Panthers stormed out to a 23-0 lead towards the close of the third quarter. Junior punt returner Thad Hill got the ball rolling for the Panthers with a 65-yard punt return in the first quarter followed by a seven-yard touchdown reception from Black to Stephens with 2:16 in the second quarter. Black struck again in the third quarter as he connected with Michael Benson on a 21-yard touchdown strike coupled with a safety by the Panther defense. From that point, the tide of the game changed as Alcorn State and Prairie View reversed roles as the third quarter began to wind down. A fumble deep in Prairie View territory led to Alcorn State’s first touchdown of the afternoon with 1:53 left in the third quarter. ASU forced Prairie View to punt as the third quarter came to an end and responded with a 10-play, 56-yard drive that was capped off by quarterback Brandon Bridge’s three-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Lewis to open the final stanza. ASU went for the two on the PAT attempt but was stopped short as the score changed to 23-13. The Panthers continued to have trouble protecting the ball as Black was sacked by ASU’s Malcolm Taylor on the first play of the ensuing drive which gave ASU the ball at the Prairie View 35. Seven plays later, ASU cut its deficit to 23-20 after Bridge’s second touchdown run of the game and Arturo Tamayo’s PAT. With the Panther offense reeling, the ASU defense forced another three-and-out and the Brave offense took advantage as wide receiver Jacque Caldwell broke free from the Panther defense en route to a 43-yard touchdown catch from Bridge. Tamayo’s PAT was good as ASU led for the first time all game 27-23 with 3:30 remaining in the contest. Trailing by four with a stunned Blackshear Field crowd looking on in disbelief, Prairie View managed to record a first down on the first play of the ensuing drive as Black found Stephens for a 16-yard reception at their own 47. However, the next three plays belonged to the ASU defense as the Braves recorded four consecutive sacks to regain control of the ball on the PV 27 with 1:31 left in the game. With their backs against the wall, Prairie View resorted to clock management and solid run defense on its next drive as they stopped ASU in four plays to regain control of the ball with 25 seconds remaining on their own 22. Alcorn State went into a prevent defense on the game’s final drive and the Panther offense took advantage as Black opened the drive with a 21-yard first down strike to Benson at the PV 43. On the drive’s second play, Stephens made a spectacular catch and got out of bounds following a 22-yard reception as 11 seconds remained on the clock with the ball on the Alcorn 35. Once again, the Black-to-Stephens combination came up big on the third play as Stephens burned the Brave defense for the game-winning score with four ticks remaining. An excessive celebration penalty after the touchdown moved the ensuing kickoff back to the Panther 15. On the kickoff, ASU’s Terrance Lewis picked the ball up at the ASU 26 and began a circus act as the Braves lateraled the ball several times before senior cornerback Yavarion Richardson picked off a lateral and fought his way into the endzone as time expired. Prairie View A&M totaled 388 total offensive yards compared to 312 by ASU. Black had a solid afternoon with three touchdown passes on 18-of-23 passing while wideout Spencer Nelson caught four passes for 98 yards. Chris Adingupu led the team with nine tackles and two tackles for loss while defensive end Adrian Hamilton tallied a career-high three sacks. During pregame activities, 21 seniors were honored for their service to the Panther football program. In addition, quarterback K.J. Black became Prairie View’s all-time leading passer as the senior from Louisville, Ky. has thrown for 4,016 yards in two seasons of action. The Panthers close out the 2010 season next weekend on the road against Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala. at 1 p.m.