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Southern Game Notes | Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Notes

PINE BLUFF, Ark, – Southern will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff for its first Southwestern Athletic Conference game for the 2019 campaign on Saturday at Simmons Bank Field.  The game is scheduled for a national broadcast on ESPN3 with kickoff slated for 6:00 p.m.

With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Arkansas-Pine Bluff drove 75 yards in seven plays in the final 50 seconds for a victory over Tennessee State last week. Shannon Patrick’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Brown on the final play of the game resulted in a 37-31 win over the Tigers in the program’s first win over Tennessee State in five meetings.

Last week Southern fell short to Florida A&M in a 27-21 defeat. SU’s Ryan Stanley threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns as FAMU led by 12 at halftime but trailed 21-19 late in the fourth when Stanley took the Rattlers 97 yards in nine plays.

Azende Rey’s pass to Kamari Young made good on the two-point conversion. Florida A&M’s defense held firm on the ensuing Southern drive, sacking Southern QB Ladarius Skelton to help seal the win.

Skelton finished with 114 yards and a score for the Jaguars. Jamar Washington led the Jaguars with 109 yards off five receptions. Washington raced for 54 yards for a score off an 8-yard reception from Skelton.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s defense was led by safety Benjamin Harris with ten tackles. The Jaguars defense came alive in the second half forcing a game-high 9 tackle for loss, for a loss of 34 yards.  

Southern is third in the SWAC in scoring, averaging 33.5 points per game. Pine Bluff native Ladarius Skelton keyed SU’s late season surge a year ago at quarterback and has thrown four touchdowns and rushed for two other scores this season.

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The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis.

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

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