MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Billed as an offensive shootout entering the game, fans received their money’s worth plus more as Prairie View A&M had to endure its second overtime game this season and third time in school history. However, the Panthers came out on the wrong side of the ledger as ASU claimed a 48-42 win at the New ASU Stadium.
The Panthers struck first to open the game as quarterback Jerry Lovelocke led the team on a 13-play, 97-yard drive which was commenced with a 1-yard run by Lovelocke. Barrick’s PAT was good as the Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 advantage. ASU answered PV’s score to open its drive as quarterback Arsenio Favor found receiver DeMario Bell for a 40-yard strike. Two plays later, the Hornets tied the game as running back Isaiah Crowell rushed in from six yards out coupled with the PAT.
After a quick paced opening drive, the Panthers found a faster way to score as Lovelocke found Patrick Gant for a 73-yard strike. The PAT was good as the Panthers led 14-7 nearly 12 seconds later. PV failed to capitalize on a turnover on ASU’s next drive and it came back to bite them as the Hornets marched 65 yards in 12 plays to knot the game at 14-all midway through the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, ASU went up by seven as quarterback Quinteris Toppings connected with wide receiver Earl Lucas for a 21-yard touchdown reception. The ensuing PAT was successful as ASU led once again in the quarter. However, the Panthers answered with a 50-yard drive of its own to close within 21-20 as running back Courtney Brown rushed in from a yard out. Barrick’s PAT sailed thru the uprights as PV knotted the contest at 21-all with 4:14 left in the half. The score remained the same to close the half as ASU missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired.
PV recorded the first big play of the second half with a fumble recovery deep in ASU terrtory. Unfortunately, they failed to capitalize on the play and misfired on a field goal attempt to remain tied. From that point, it was all ASU as running back Malcolm Cyrus recorded an 80-yard touchdown run on the opening play followed by a 1-yard run by Crowell for a 35-21 lead with 8:02 left in the quarter.
With the quarter winding down, the Panthers reestablished themselves on both sides of the ball and found its groove as Lovelocke found Brown for a 6-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the quarter. The PAT was good as the score was huge due to the fact that it cut the deficit to only 35-28 entering the final quarter.
The defense forced an ASU punt on the next drive and the Panthers went to work once again via the air as Lovelocke found Jacoby Anderson on a well-thrown pass to the corner of the end zone. The PAT was good as the Panthers were back in business with a 35-all score with 9:26 left in the game.
Alabama State shanked the punt and the Panthers received solid position at Hornet 48 on the next drive. However, on third down and long Lovelocke was sacked and the ball was scooped up and returned 40 yards for the ASU touchdown. The PAT was successful as the Hornets led 42-35 with 7:48 remaining in the contest.
The Panther offense was forced to punt on the ensuing drive but the defense came up big and returned the favor by forcing ASU to punt. The offense received the ball with 3:32 remaining in addition to being 95 yards out from paydirt. On the potential game-tying drive, PV marched all the way to the ASU 45 and faced a fourth-and-11. On the play, Lovelocke found Jacoby Anderson and Anderson tip-toed to the first down and more as the ball was on the ASU 15.
With the ball on the ASU 10 and slightly more than 40 seconds left, the Panthers faced fourth down once again and received new life as ASU was flagged for a pass interference call which gave PV the ball as the ASU 4. Three plays later, Lovelocke found Brown once again for a 4-yard scoring strike followed by Barrick’s game-tying PAT with 20 seconds remaining. With the ball on ASU’s 27 with 15 seconds left, the Hornets opted for overtime as they kneeled the ball to end the half.
In overtime, the Panthers went three-and-out and missed the 36-yard field goal as it went wide right. ASU drove the ball to the PV 8 and appeared to go for the field goal but changed its mind and sent the offense out after PV called a timeout before the kick. ASU sent out its offense instead and rushed for the touchdown but not after an ASU player jumped on the ball in the endzone after Cyrus fumbled the ball.
The Panthers gained 685 offensive yards with 533 via the pass and 152 on the ground. Lovelocke passed for a career-high 533 yards and four touchdowns while Brown rushed for 88 yards on 17 attempts with one touchdown. Wide receiver Jacoby Anderson had a career day with 12 receptions for 152 yards. Defensively, linebackers Raheem Cardwell and Chuck Obi had 15 tackles apiece.
The team returns home next week for homecoming as they’ll face Mississippi Valley State at 2 p.m. inside Blackshear Stadium.