Prairie View A&M University head coach Eric Dooley addressed the media Monday on the SWAC Football Head Coaches Teleconference.

Dooley and the Panthers came back from an early 16-point deficit to take the lead before losing on the final play of the game at Conference USA member Rice 31-28 on Saturday night.

The Panthers return to action Sunday in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta, facing North Carolina Central at noon ET/11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. The Panther Sports Network radio pregame show begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tickets for the game can be purchased at

ON RICE GAME: “It was our first opportunity to get out and see how we measured up against another FBS opponent. I thought the players came out, fought hard and played well, but we had a couple of mistakes that cost us. When you’re playing an FBS opponent, you have to make sure that you capitalize…and try to be mistake free to give yourself a chance to win the game.”

ON IMPROVEMENTS FROM RICE GAME: “You always have to take a look at the mental errors that took place at a crucial time that really cost us the ball game. When you look back at that ball game, it’s the whole game and the body of work, but you take a look at two plays that cost us and gave the game away (that if they didn’t occur) we could have had a different outcome. We’re looking to improve on our mental errors, improve on the discipline side as far as penalties – I thought we did a decent job with the penalties (six for 60 yards) – but you still want to cut down on those, and continue now to play a little faster.”

ON FACING NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL IN MEAC-SWAC CHALLENGE: “It’s going to be a lot of energy, and we are definitely focused for this game. We know we are going against a worthy opponent, a team that was in the Celebration Bowl two years ago, and a team that’s been at the top of their conference the last four years. We know we have a huge challenge ahead of us. The guys understand and we’ve put last week’s game behind us, are moving forward, and look to do better things.”

    The Panthers’ offense scored touchdowns on four straight possessions between the second and third quarters. During that 30-minute stretch, PVAMU outscored Rice 28-6 (two field goals) and outgained the Owls 329-150.
  • Prairie View A&M scored touchdowns on all three red-zone possessions.
  • QB Jalen Morton threw a career-high three touchdown passes. His 53 rushing yards also tied a career-high.
  • TE Jose Medrano and WR Jeffery Rector made their first career receptions, with Medrano catching his first TD pass.
  • WR Tristen Wallace and RB Bernard Goodwater scored their first career TDs as Panthers.
  • Defensively, the Panthers limited Rice to just 87 yards passing and allowed only 4-of-14 third-down conversions.
  • LB Isaac Claiborne (eight tackles), and DE Willie Green (six) set career highs in tackles.

Courtesy: PVAMU Athletics


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