PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- After playing within a touchdown of two SWAC powerhouses, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football team took a step backward on Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
"It was the first time we've played this flat all season," UAPB head football coach Monte Coleman said after the Golden Lions' 35-12 loss to the host Panthers. "Obviously, Prairie View came ready to play more than we did. We struggled across the board and couldn't stop the run for some reason."
UAPB (2-8, 1-5) lost its sixth straight game on Prairie View's Senior Day. But the Golden Lions had shown some promise in recent weeks. Their last four losses came by a touchdown or less, including consecutive losses to Southern (47-40) and Grambling State (31-26).
The Golden Lions were playing with a third string quarterback in redshirt senior Marcus Terrell, who hadn't started a game since he went 1-4 as a sophomore in 2015.
Both LeEarl Patterson and Brandon Duncan suffered season-ending injuries over the past two games.
Coleman, however, was pleased with Terrell, who completed 19 of 41 passes for 236 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Terrell had previously played in four games this season and now has 320 yards.
"Marcus played his hardest - I am proud of him," Coleman said. "We didn't make the most of our opportunities in the game."
Terrell completed passes to eight different receivers, led by junior KeShawn Williams (the Dollarway High graduate finished with five receptions for 38 yards) and sophomore Jeremy Brown (four receptions for 55 yards).
Prairie View A&M (4-5, 3-3) outgained UAPB 610 to 304, including 185 to 68 in the running game.
UAPB has been dealing with a lot of injuries as it enters the 2017 season finale at 2:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Texas Southern at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It will be the final collegiate game for 19 UAPB seniors.
"It's always emotional when you're graduating your players," Coleman said. "We want to send our players out with a victory at our second home stadium."
UAPB's 12 points were its lowest point total since consecutive September road losses to FBS programs Akron and Arkansas State, respectively, when they scored 3 points in each game.
The Golden Lions were in danger of finishing Saturday's game without a touchdown until Terrell connected with sophomore wide receiver Kolby McNeal on a four-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left in the game. The PAT was blocked.
Prairie View A&M quarterback Neiko Hollins completed 25 of 43 passes for 410 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. The Panthers overcame 16 penalties for 116 yards, while UAPB had five for 39 yards.
UAPB sophomore linebacker JonTavis Testa and senior defensive end Tashad Charity registered interceptions for the Golden Lions.
Saturday was UAPB's first visit to PVAMU's $65 Million state-of-the-art Panther Stadium, which opened in 2016.
"It's an outstanding facility," Coleman said.