Prairie View A&M, a historically black university in Prairie View, Texas that plays in Division I and the SWAC. PV has a had a history of success on the gridiron, dating back to the 1950s, the Panthers have won five black college football national championships (1953, 1954, 1958, 1963 and 1964), and have captured 11 conference championships, the most recent coming in 2009. More than 30 Panthers have gone on to careers in the NFL.
However, on Oct. 28, 1989, Prairie View A&M beat Mississippi Valley State 21-12. The Panthers lost 19-18 to Langston the following week, and didn’t win again until a 14-12 victory over that same Langston program on Sept. 27, 1998, in which Prairie View stopped a two-point conversion in the final minute to seal the game. Prairie View A&M actually won again in 1998 and finished with a 2-9 record.
The 80-game losing streak dwarfs the longest such streak at the now-FBS level. Northwestern dropped 34 games in a row from 1979-82. Columbia, who was a member of NCAA Division 1-AA at the time, failed to win a game in 44 opportunities from 1983-88, which was the longest streak in Division I history until Prairie View concluded theirs a decade later.
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