Courtesy of Mississippi Valley State Athletics
ITTA BENA, Miss. – The Mississippi Valley State University football program have potentially knocked Prairie View out of the SWAC West Championship, pending the Bayou Classic result next week, stunning the Panthers with a 27-7 blowout on Senior Day.
- Score: Mississippi Valley State 27 | Prairie View A&M 7
• Records: Mississippi Valley State (2-9, 2-6 SWAC) | Prairie View A&M (6-5, 5-3 SWAC)
• Location: Itta Bena,
Mississippi – Rice-Totten Stadium at Chuck Prophet Field
• Series History: Mississippi Valley State Leads 30-23
• Winning Streak: Mississippi Valley State (W2) | Prairie View A&M’s Last Win: September 24, 2016 (56-21)
• All-Time History vs. SWAC Opponents: SWAC Leads 302-137-9
Mississippi Valley State Top Performers
- Deione Reed was the star of an uneventful first half, flying all over the field for ten tackles before the break while notching a season-best 11 for the day. He must love seeing the Panther Purple and Gold as he has piled up 23 tackles in his only two meetings with Prairie View.
- Senior Kenneth Martin essentially extinguished any hope of a Panther comeback at the end of the third quarter, taking his third career interception 47 yards to the house for his first career touchdown in his final game at Mississippi Valley.
- The score was apart of a 14-point momentum swing as MVSU had just taken its first lead of the day four plays prior.
- It was a senior-laden aerial attack for Valley State as senior Jalani Easoncompleted 13 passes, all but one to seniors, with the game’s only receiving touchdown getting pulled in by one of his classmates, Sylvester Campbell, from 15 yards away for his lone reception.
- Another senior wideout who saved his best for last was Gregory Jeanwho caught three balls for a career-high 38 yards.
- Senior Ronnie Thomas ended his historical campaign by notching one last sack to give him 10.5 for the season, the most by a linebacker in program history. Thomas logged six tackles, a pair for losses, giving him six multi-TFL contests while he collected at least a half-sack in eight of the squad’s 11 matchups.
- Jared Wilson put the cherry on top of the resounding on the victory, punching in his first score as a Delta Devil with 43 seconds remaining to cap off a season-high 54-yard rushing performance.
- Jayren Fox notched his fifth straight contest with a tackle for loss on top of eight tackles.
- Three different Valley defenders punched the ball free and three separate student-athletes recovered the pigskin as Jalen Bell fell on his own strip, Fox knocked one loose with senior Vaughn Jenningspouncing, and Christopher Victorpried his first career fumble from the ballcarriers hands into the waiting arms of Ronnie Thomas.
- Senior Orlando Fernandez was perfect on the afternoon, hitting on field goals of 36 and 26 plus his three PATs, while downing three of his five punts inside the redzone.
- Jakobe Thomas ended the day as MVSU’s leading rusher, averaging nearly five yards per carry (4.8) for 58 yards.
- The 20-point victory was its biggest winning margin in the past four seasons and have won back-to-back games versus the Panthers for the first time in the series since claiming five straight from 2002-2006.
- Defensive Coordinator Javier Gonzalez‘s defense can take most of the credit for this victory, holding the opponent to its lowest point total in six years (7), scoring its first defensive touchdown, held a foe under 100 passing yards for the first time since 2019 (82), and recovered three fumbles for the first time in three years.
- MVSU tossed more passing yards than its counterpart for the first time all season, had a plus-two turnover margin (4-2) to improve its record to 2-2 when winning the turnover battle, and won both games in which it held the offense below 25% on third downs as Prairie View could only muster two conversions on ten tries (20%).
The 2022 football season has officially ended.
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|07:24 – PVAMU – Trazon Connley 8 yd run (Luis Reyes kick), 8 plays, 74 yards, TOP 4:06||7||0|
|09:12 – VALLEY – Orlando Fernand 26 yd field goal 14 plays, 68 yards, TOP 5:43||7||3|
|02:21 – VALLEY – Sylvester Campb 15 yd pass from Jalani Eason (Orlando Fernand kick) 3 plays, 29 yards, TOP 1:12||7||10|
|00:34 – VALLEY – Kenneth Martin 47 yd interception (Orlando Fernand kick)||7||17|
|06:03 – VALLEY – Orlando Fernand 36 yd field goal 7 plays, 23 yards, TOP 3:55||7||20|
|00:43 – VALLEY – Jared Wilson 5 yd run (Orlando Fernand kick), 7 plays, 26 yards, TOP 4:15|