HOUSTON (AP) -- Prairie View A&M opened the season with a 37-13 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday night.

The Panthers broke open a close game with 17 unanswered points in the second half. Prairie View led 13-10 after the first quarter, but shut down the Tigers in the second half of the Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup.

It was a rough start to the season in conference play for Texas Southern, which won the SWAC title in 2010.

This year s blowout was a stark contrast to last year s contest between the two teams.

Texas Southern won last year s contest in the closing seconds of regulation.

Prairie View had tied the score at 41 with 1:16 remaining, but the Tigers still prevailed. Texas Southern leads the series 19-9. The Tigers were looking for their second straight win against the Panthers in the 29th Labor Day Classic.

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