NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Jerry Lovelocke threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more as Prairie View A&M beat Stephen F. Austin 56-48 Saturday night.
Lovelocke, who finished with 380 yards passing, put the Panthers on the scoreboard just over two minutes later when he connected with Gabe Dunlop for a 13-yard touchdown. Lovelocke's 7-yard scoring run with 7 seconds left in the first quarter gave Prairie View (3-2) a 21-14 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
"The way we started off, I never would have saw us finishing like that but we showed that we are a resilient ball club," Prairie View head coach Heishma Northern said. "We didn't play the smartest football game, but we damn sure played hard."
Stephen F. Austin (2-3) racked up 827 yards of total offense but turned the ball over five times.
The two teams combined for 1409 total yards.
Brady Attaway set single-game Southland Conference and school records for passing yards (662) and total offense (655) and threw four touchdown passes in the loss.
Aaron Thomas caught 10 passes for a conference-record 242 yards receiving and two touchdowns and was one of three Lumberjacks receivers to top the 100-yard plateau. D.J. Ward had 170 yards and Tyler Boyd added 100 more.
Attaway's 26-yard scoring strike to Mike Brooks narrowed the gap to 56-48 with 1:43 remaining and the SFA defense forced a three-and-out and Brooks' 22-yard punt return gave the Lumberjacks the ball at midfield with 1:12 to play.
Attaway moved the offense down to the Prairie View 9-yard line before turning the ball over on downs as time expired.
Johnson racked up 179 yards rushing on just 18 carries.
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