Released by SFA
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Brady Attaway passed for a Southland Conference and school record 662 yards and Aaron Thomas set a conference record with 242 yards receiving but it was not enough to overcome five turnovers and a talented Prairie View A&M squad in a 56-48 loss Saturday evening at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Saturday's game saw a combined 1,409 yards of offense in which SFA (2-3) set multiple offensive records, including an SLC record 827 yards of total offense along with three wide receivers (Thomas 10 rec. 242 yds, DJ Ward 8 rec. 170 yds, Tyler Boyd 10 rec. 100 yds) eclipsing the 100-plus yardage mark in the defeat.
The Panthers (3-2) put up prolific offensive numbers as well, accumulating 582 yards of total offense (380 yds passing, 202 rushing) in defeating SFA for the first time in seven career chances (1-5-1).
PV quarterback Jerry Lovelocke accounted for seven Panther touchdowns, three of which came on the ground. The Panthers also had two receivers go over the century mark in receiving yards (Deandre Cooper 4 rec. 113 yds and Gabe Dunlap 10 rec. 100 yds).
The 'Jacks looked to be in control of things early on, scoring the game's first two touchdowns on one-yard scores from Gus Johnson (18 carries, 182 yds) and Joshawa West. However, that momentum would be short lived with the Panthers scoring the next 28 unanswered points into the middle stages of the second quarter.
During that stretch Lovelocke passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another to build the Panthers lead to 28-14 at the 11:06 mark. SFA came right back though, scoring 17 straight points of their own to regain a 31-28 advantage following an 80-yard receiving touchdown from Attaway to Ward. The throw and catch was the longest of each individual's career and was the ninth-longest play in school history.
The Panthers added one more scoring drive right before halftime on another touchdown pass from Lovelocke to Patrick Grant with just 11 seconds remaining, recapturing a 35-31 lead going into halftime.
PV outscored SFA 14-3 in the third quarter on two more rushing touchdowns from Lovelocke while SFA's lone points in the quarter came on a 30-yard field goal from Jordan Wiggs.
Trailing 49-34 with just six minutes to play, the 'Jacks began their comeback beginning with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Attaway to Thomas to make the score 49-41. The 'Jacks defense then came up with a key stop to get the ball back at their own 28-yard line with just under four minutes to play. However, a Fred Ford fumble gave the Panthers the ball back in prime scoring position.
PV took advantage of the miscue just two plays later on a 41-yard scoring scamper from Courtney Brown to extend the lead to 56-41. SFA bounced right back and drove the length of the field, capping an 8-play 67-yard drive with an Attaway touchdown pass to Brooks to make the score 56-48.
Following a Panthers punt with just 1:12 remaining, SFA positioned themselves to possibly tie the game but an Attaway pass intended for Boyd on fourth and 13 with three seconds remaining sailed out of the back of the end zone as time expired.