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Football returns to action against Prairie View on Saturday
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 10/23/2013
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Date: Oct. 26

Time: 4:00 p.m. CST

Location: Shreveport, LA

Venue: Independence 

TV Broadcast: NA

Radio Broadcast: 95.5 FM (pregame show starts 1 hour before kickoff)

Series Record: JSU leads 37-14-2

THE GAME: Jackson State and Prairie View A&M meet for the 54th time on Saturday at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA. Saturday’s contest marks only the second time the two teams will play each other at Independence Stadium. Both teams bring a certain amount of momentum into the game. JSU is on a five game winning streak and PVAM has won four of its last five games, including a 51-14 win over Miss. Valley State last weekend. PVAM has scored 42 points or more in four games this season.

HEAD COACH RICK COMEGY: Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy (Millersville, ‘76) enters his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers’ football program. He comes into the game with a 54-34 overall record at JSU and a 162-84 career record. Over the previous seven seasons, Comegy has led the Tigers to six winning seasons, three Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division titles and one SWAC championship. Prior to coming to Jackson State, Comegy was the head coach at Tuskegee University where he won four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships (NCAA D-II), three Pioneer Bowl crowns and a Black College National Championship (2000). In 2000 his Tuskegee Tigers recorded a perfect 12-0 record. Since coming to JSU Comegy has a 4-1 record against Prairie View A&M.

SCOUTING PRAIRIE VIEW A&M: The PVAM Panthers have one of the most explosive offenses in the SWAC, leading the conference in scoring (38.4 ppg) and total offense (494.1 yards per game). On the defensive side of the ball PVAM is ranked sixth in scoring defense (allowing 30.2 ppg) and seventh in total defense (allowing 464.9 yards per game). QB Jerry Lovelock leads the SWAC in passing as he averages 276 passing yards per game and has a league high 15 passing touchdowns. PVAM’s other QB De’Auntre Smiley leads the SWAC in pass efficiency (153.2 efficiency rating). He has completed 30 of 39 pass attempts for 284 yards and three TDs. WR Deandre Cooper leads the SWAC in receptions per game (7.4 rpg). He has 59 receptions for 655 yards and five TDs.  Rakeem Cardwall leads the team in tackles with 78 (46 solo).

PRAIRIE VIEW HEAD COACH: HEISHMA NORTHERN: Northern was named the 31st head coach in PVAM football history on Dec. 13, 2010. Last season PVAM became an offensive juggernaut as the y led the SWAC with 414.7 yards per game. In his first season as head coach at Prairie View, he led the Panthers to within one game of earning a SWAC Championship game berth. Prior to becoming head coach, Northern was an award-winning defensive coordinator for six seasons at PVAM. Under his watch, the PVAM defense rose to become one of the top units in the FCS ranks.

LAST JSU – PVAM MEETING: JSU, behind two big interceptions by Qua Cox and a 135 rushing yards performance by Tommy Gooden, defeated Prairie View A&M 34-14 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium last season. JSU was held scoreless in the first half and PVAM took a 10-0 lead into halftime. The Tigers scored 20 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. JSU opened the third quarter with back-to-back touchdowns by Rakeem Sims. Willie Bell recovered a fumble in the PVAM end zone for a TD to close out the third. Dedric McDonald scored a rushing TD to start the fourth and Tommy Gooden scored a touchdown for the final points of the game.

NEXT GAME: Jackson State returns to action Nov. 9 when the Tigers travel to Huntsville, Ala. to face the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in SWAC action. Kick-off is set for 1 pm.

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