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Spinks-Casem Stadium, Lorman, Mississippi Attendance: 15,958
Harper rallies Alcorn State past Prairie View 45-41
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) Felix Harper connected with Tim McNair Jr. for a 3-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game and Alcorn State opened its Southwest Athletic Conference play with a thrilling 45-41 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday.
Alcorn State (2-2, 1-0) jumped out to a 17-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Harper opened the scoring with a 30-yard toss to LeCharles Pringle. Trey Turner followed with a 3-yard TD run after the Braves picked off Jalen Morton's first pass of the game. Corey McCullough capped the scoring with a 33-yard field goal after another Morton interception.
But Morton and the Panthers (1-3, 1-1) answered with 19 straight points to grab the lead. Morton hit Tony Mullins for a 66-yard score and then hooked up with Kelejawan Chriss from 21 yards out. Prairie View took the lead after Ahmad Antoine blocked a McCullough punt, giving the Panthers the ball at the Alcorn State 1-yard line. Dawonya Tucker took it in from there, but the Panthers missed their second PAT and the lead stood at 19-17. The Braves took a 24-19 lead into halftime after Harper scored on a 5-yard run following another Prairie View turnover.
Morton put the Panthers up 34-24 with two TD passes to Jordan Jones, covering 16 and 18 yards. Alcorn State closed within three points heading into the final quarter after Niko Duffey's 7-yard TD run.
Alcorn State retook the lead on Duffey's 6-yard run 20 seconds into the final quarter, but Tucker answered with a 12-yard scoring run to give Prairie View a 41-38 lead with 12:27 left to play. After the teams traded punts, Harper directed a 14-play, 65-yard drive that ended with his game-winning toss to McNair Jr.
Harper finished 25-of-37 passing for 280 yards and two TDs. Duffey ran for 86 yards on 22 carries and Pringle hauled in eight passes for 144 yards and a score.
Morton completed 23 of 35 passes for 321 yards and four TDs, but he was intercepted three times. Tucker ran for 128 yards and two scores on 22 carries.
Updated September 21, 2019