FB: HBU Falls at Prairie View A&M, 37-27 – Houston Baptist University Athletics



Xzavier Ford


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Sophomore Ismael Fuller makes two TD receptions




PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – HBU held a one-point lead at halftime, but the Huskies could not muster much offense when sophomore quarterback Blaise Bentsen did not return for the second half and Prairie View A&M was able to escape with a 37-27 victory in a non-conference FCS matchup Saturday night at Panther Stadium.
 
PVAMU took the opening kickoff and wasted little time finding the endzon on a long completion by Juwon Pass, then Kristian Mosley punched it in from two yards out. There was a bad snap on the extra point as PVAMU led 6-0 just 1:48 into the game.
 
HBU answered quickly, as Bentsen ran for a first down, then hit sophomore Ismael Fuller for a touchdown as the Huskies took a 7-6 lead. PVAMU came right back, as Pass threw a touchdown for a 13-7 lead with 9:37 to go in the first.
 
After forcing the Huskies into a three-and-out, the Panthers took over at the 32, and Pass connected with Evan Fairs on the first play of the drive for a 68-yard touchdown to make the score 20-7. HBU came back after sophomore Tyson Thompson’s 77-yard kickoff return to the PVAMU 22. Bentsen powered through with a rush for a first down, then found a wide-open King for a 10-yard touchdown to make the score 20-14.
 
HBU got its first stop of the game after a PVAMU three-and-out. Bentsen completed a long pass to Thompson to the 15, then scrambled to the three for a first down. On fourth-and-goal from the two, Bentsen hit Fuller again as the Huskies took a 21-20 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the first.
 
The Panthers regained a 23-21 lead on Reyes’ 27-yard field goal with 9:25 left in the first half. PVAMU got the ball back and was driving into HBU territory late in the half, but junior cornerback Jordan Oliver came up with an interception and returned it to the HBU 39. Bentsen took a sack to put the Huskies out of field-goal range on fourth down, so they had to settle for a long pass attempt that went incomplete. However, there was a late hit on Bentsen, allowing Garcia to hit a 42-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to send HBU into halftime with a 24-23 lead.
 
Thompson opened the second half with another long kickoff return down to the PVAMU 44. The Huskies picked up a first down on a fake field goal, with holder Grant Satcher throwing to Garcia for a completion down to the PVAMU 6. HBU could get no closer, settling for Garcia’s 24-yard field goal to extend the lead to 27-23.
 
Mosley’s 25-yard run got the Panthers down to the 12, then Jaden Stewart later punched it in from a yard out as PVAMU went back up, 30-27. PVAMU got the ball back and drove deep into HBU territory, but Reyes missed a 25-yard field goal with 12:58 remaining in the game.
 
The two sides traded punts throughout the fourth and HBU came up with a stop and a touchback gave the Huskies the ball back with 4:03 left, but redshirt freshman Desmond Young, who played the entire second half in relief of Bentsen, threw an interception and Logan Jackson returned it for a touchdown to seal the game.
 
There were no official stats available for the game at the time of posting.
 
The Huskies will be off next week, before opening Southland Conference play on the road against Nicholls Saturday, Oct. 2, in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
 

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