Alabama-Birmingham 48, Prairie View 6
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) _ John Whitcomb set Alabama-Birmingham records with 33 completions for 539 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-6 victory Saturday over Prairie View, which extended its record NCAA Division I-AA losing streak to 46 straight.
UAB, which has been a I-AA independent since 1991, set seven school records and tied another as it won its sixth straight to finish the year 7-4.
Prairie View fell to 0-11 for its fourth straight losing season. The Panthers, who didn’t play in 1990, last won on Oct. 28, 1989, against Mississippi Valley State.
″Let’s just say the bleeding stopped,″ Prairie View coach Ron Beard said. ″But the players don’t want to end the season. They wished they had one more game, but it isn’t going to happen.″
The Panthers trailed only 7-0 after the first quarter, but it was 28-0 by halftime as Whitcomb threw three TD passes, two to Bobby Ingram.
″I just kept getting by them,″ Ingram said. ″I don’t think they were noticing me.″
Whitcomb, a senior playing his last collegiate game, finished 33-of-42 and tied a school mark with six touchdowns. Ingram caught 12 passes for school records of 287 yards and four touchdowns.
Freshman quarterback Kevin Drake was 5-of-15 for 72 yards, helping UAB set team records for completions (38), passing yards (611) and total offense (695).
Prairie View’s lone points came midway through the third quarter when Reginald Prudhomme threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Torrance Brooks.
Alphone Provo, one of 16 Prairie View seniors, was upset not to have another chance at ending the streak.
″I had hopes of winning a football game before I left,″ said Provo, who played in all 46 losses. ″I really thought we’d win six or seven games this year.″
The future of football at Prairie View is clouded at best as officials are considering dropping the program, or moving down to Division II or III.
″I’m pretty sure the program will continue,″ Beard said. ″But the administration is going to have to address the future and decide which way they want to go.″