BATON ROUGE, LA. -- Quarterback Ladarius Skelton scored on a 6-yard run after Southern blocked a punt and Devon Benn added a late TD run to help the Jaguars hold off Prairie View A&M 34-28 on Saturday night. The Jaguars (3-3, 2-0 Southwest Athletic Conference) beat the Panthers (2-4, 1-1) for a fourth straight time.
Southern took a 14-7 lead into halftime, but Prairie View's Jaylen Harris picked off a Skelton pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to pull the Panthers even at 14-all in the third quarter. The Jaguars regained the lead on Cesar Barajas' 44-yard field goal and then stretched its advantage to 31-21 on Skelton's TD run following the blocked punt.
The Panthers got within three points, but Skelton led a long 4th quarter drive of 5:41 that was capped by a Barajas 29-yard field goal to wrap up the win for the Jaguars
Skelton completed 11-of-20 passes for 96 yards with one touchdown pass to Hunter Register. Timothy Bedford led SU with four catches for 71 yards. Devon Benn had 87 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown, while Skelton added 85 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. Jamar Washington had 3 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown.
The Jaguars defense held the Panthers to 168 yards on the ground on 33 carriers. SU was lead by Benjamin Harris and Davin Cotton who both had 8 tackles. Caleb Carter and Chase Foster each had 7 tackles. Tamaurice Smith had one interception.
Next week Southern heads to Dallas to take on Texas Southern University in the State Fair Showdown at the Cotton Bowl on October 19 at 2 pm. The Jaguars sit at the top of the West with a 2-0 conference record.