1. WHAT WE LEARNED
The SWAC Western Division is a three-team race. Grambling (5-0) certainly has the edge now that Southern and Prairie View both have a loss. The Tigers own the tiebreaker over the Panthers and have beaten East-leading Alcorn State. But the victory by the Panthers, who lost to Grambling 70-54, makes them a viable contender. They’ll need someone to beat Grambling to win the West and Southern gets its shot at the Tigers in the regular-season finale. Even if the Jaguars run the table, they’ll need someone to knock off the Panthers.
2. TRENDING NOW
Third-down defense. Southern entered the game with the worst third-down defense in the SWAC, allowing nearly 50 percent of third downs to be converted. That number will be worse after Prairie View converted 11 of 16 third downs. As if that wasn’t bad enough, two of the Panthers’ touchdowns came on third-and-long. On third-and-15, Trey Green threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johnta’ Hebert. On third-and-10, Hebert ran 14 yards for another touchdown.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Southern’s inconsistency running the ball in the red zone cost the team. On the first drive of the game, the Jaguars hit two passes to get to the Panthers’ 6, but two runs netted zero yards, and an incompletion on third down led to a field goal instead of atouchdown. Late in the first half, they had first-and-goal at the 2 and ran the ball four times — for no gain on first and second down, 1 yard on third and no gain on fourth.