BATON ROUGE, La. -- Austin Howard threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns and Southern pulled away from Prairie View late with a 37-31 win on Saturday night.
After the Panthers drew within six with 3:52 to play, Prairie View recovered a fumble deep in its own territory but got no farther than its own 25-yard line and turned the ball over on downs.
Trailing 24-17, Southern (6-3, 4-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) scored touchdowns on three-straight drives starting with Herbert Edwards' 24-yard score with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
The Jaguars forced Prairie View (3-5, 2-3) into three-and-out and Howard connected with Edwards from 21 yards out to make it 30-24 after missing the extra point. After another three-and-out, Howard threw a 4-yard score to Dillon Beard for a 13-point lead.
Edwards ran for 96 yards and a touchdown, Beard caught two scores and Kendall Catalon had six receptions for 175 yards.
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Ryquell Armstead ran for 108 yards and a touchdown, the Temple defense scored on two of its five turnovers and the Owls beat Tulsa 31-17 on Thursday night in an American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Tulsa QB Luke Skipper is stripped from behind by Temple's Sam Franklin and teammate Chapelle Russell recovers it to seal the win.
Tulsa's Corey Taylor II runs in a five-yard touchdown to shrink Tulsa's deficit to 28-17.
Down 28-10 early in the fourth, Cooper Edmiston intercepts Temple QB Anthony Russo to begin a Tulsa scoring drive.
Tulsa QB Luke Skipper is stripped and sacked by DE Quincy Roche who recovers the fumble and scores a 50-yard touchdown.
Anthony Russo connects with Randle Jones on a 41-yard gain and later tucks it and runs for a 1-yard touchdown and a Temple lead.
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