But the injury slowed him down only briefly as he returned to run 11 yards for the winning touchdown with 3:22 left to help Grambling beat Southern 30-21 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Tigers (10-1, 7-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) claimed the SWAC West division title and advanced to the SWAC championship game. They also won their third straight division title and finished undefeated in SWAC play for the third consecutive season. Southern finished 7-4, 5-2.
Carter also caught a touchdown pass and finished with 92 yards rushing on 21 carries.
“When I went back into the huddle, I said, “OK, guys, I’m back,” Carter said. “My teammates said, ‘Are you sure?” I said, “I’m good. Let’s go.”
“Grambling put together a great drive,” Southern cornerback Danny Johnson said. “We played hard, they played hard. We just have to tip our hats to them.”
After Carter put Grambling up 27-21, Southern quarterback Austin Howard fumbled on the ensuing possession and Brandon Varner recovered the ball for Grambling at the Jaguars 16. That led to Marc Orozco’s third field goal, from 36 yards, with 1:39 left.
Howard completed 24 of 41 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His 8-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Beard gave Southern a 21-20 lead with 5:02 remaining.
The Tigers led 17-7 at halftime, but Howard threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Catalon to get the Jaguars within three after three quarters. Orozco’s 37-yard field goal gave Grambling a 20-14 lead with 13:57 left.
On the first play from scrimmage, Grambling’s Ja’Terious Pouncy intercepted Howard at the Southern 36. Seven plays later, Kincade ran nine yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars first scoring threat came up empty when Cesar Barajas was wide left on a 25-yard field-goal attempt early in the first quarter.
The Tigers increased the lead to 14-0 on the ensuing possession when Kincade threw his touchdown pass to Carter. Southern cut the lead in half when Devon Benn ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 3:40 left in the second quarter.
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The Tigers made 3 of 4 field goals and the Jaguars missed both of their field-goal attempts. After Southern took its only lead of the game in the fourth quarter, Calief Samon had a 41-yard kickoff return to set up the winning touchdown drive from the Jaguars 40.
“Our dominance in the kicking game really decided this football game,” Fobbs said.
Grambling: The Tigers reinforced their standing as the pre-eminent program in the SWAC West. They have an opportunity to win their second consecutive SWAC title in the final SWAC championship game. Beginning next season, the title will go to the regular-season winner.
Southern: The Jaguars once again are bridesmaid to the Tigers, entering the Bayou Classic with a chance to win the West and leaving as the runner-up for the second consecutive season.
Grambling: The Tigers play East division champion Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game next Saturday in Houston.
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) Devante Kincade threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Grambling remained undefeated in conference, beating winless Texas Southern 50-24 on Saturday afternoon.
Kincade threw for 347 yards for the Tigers (7-1, 5-0 SWAC) who have won seven-straight. Geremy Hickbottom ran for 52 yards and a score and Jordan Jones had 103 yards and a touchdown receiving. Grambling amassed 488 total yards and held Texas Southern (0-7, 0-4) to just 215 yards.
Kincade threw for two scores in the first half including a 47-yard strike to Jones that gave the Tigers a 20-3 lead with 14:48 left in the first half.
Devohn Lindsey caught a 19-yard score from Kincade late in the third and Hickbottom ran 49 yards for another touchdown late in the game to seal the win.
Grambling jumped to No. 13 in the latest FCS Coach’s Poll after its 41-14 victory over Alcorn State last weekend.
Elijah Odom threw for 119 yards and a score for Texas Southern.
Little Rock, Arkansas — Austin Howard threw for 245 yards and five touvhdowns, Southern University converted an interception into a score, and the Jaguars held off the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 47-40 on Saturday.
Trailing 47-32, Brandon Duncan hit Jeremy Brown on a 10-yard TD pas with 13 seconds left to pull the Golden Lions to within 47-40 after the two-point conversion, but Southern recovered the onside kick and time expired.
Both teams scored on their first two possessions, and Howard’s 7-yard TD gave the Jaguars(5-3, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a lead they wouldn’t relinquish..
UAPB (2-6, 1-3) rallied with 10 unanswered third-quarter points, but Howard hit Beard on a 7-yard TD pass and Devon Benn added a 46-yard scoring run for a 47-32 lead.
Kentavius Preston’s interception of Leearl Pattson’s pass led to Howard’s strike to Jamar Washington for Southern’s 34-14 halftime lead.
Grambling State Tigers (6-1) dominates Alcorn State, Braves (5-3) at Grambling State. The final score was 14-41 Grambling State.
DALLAS, Texas | The Traveling Trophy remains home as the Grambling State University football team put together an overwhelming first-half offensive exhibition as the Tigers rolled to a 34-21 victory over Prairie View A&M in the 94th Annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.
The Tigers scored 21 unanswered second-quarter points to put away the Panthers early in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game.
“It was a really good performance, but we’ve got to do a better job of cleaning up the penalties,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “I thought we played well as a team. I thought we kicked the ball well with the field goals and did a good job with the special teams. Also, I thought we played well offensively and defensively. At the end of the day if we play well in all three phases then you have a chance to be very, very successful. I thought we were pretty dominate in all three phases.”
Grambling State (5-1 overall, 2-0 SWAC) took advantage of an interception by Prairie View A&M quarterback Lavell McCullers to begin the scoring.
The Panthers (2-3, 2-1) got the ball in good field possession to start the game, but McCullers’ pass was picked off by Kendall Hill to give the Tigers the ball on their own 30-yard line.
Grambling State capitalized off the turnover as Kincade connected with Calif Samon for 43 yards to set up shop on the Panthers 20. Two plays later, Kincade found Darrell Clark, who weaved in and out of traffic for the 16-yard touchdown.
After Prairie View A&M was forced to punt, Grambling State began its next drive at its own 34.
The Tigers got another big offensive play when Kincade connected with Martez Carter for 47 yards and three plays later, Marc Orozco booted a 40-yard field goal to give Grambling State a 10-0 advantage with 5:59 remaining in the opening quarter.
Khadarel Hodge caught a 22-yard pass in the right corner from McCullers to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 1:43 left in the first.
Grambling State responded early in the second quarter as Carter received the ball in the backfield from Kincade, hurdled over a defender and bounced off another before rumbling 76 yards for the score as the Tigers increased the lead to 17-10 with 12:34 remaining in the first half.
On the next Tigers possession, it was Kincade to Clark, this time for 29 yards as Grambling State was in cruise control at 24-7 with 9:24 left in the second.
Grambling State put the exclamation mark on an excellent first half with 4:03 remaining as Lyndemian Brooks caught a 12-yard pass from Kincade to extend the margin to 31-7.
Prairie View A&M trimmed the deficit to 31-14 with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter as the Panthers got a 52-yard punt return by Ju’Anthony Park and on the next play, McCullers connected with Joshua Simmons for an eight-yard score.
The Tigers took advantage of the Panthers’ second turnover and cashed it into three points. A 40-yard field goal by Orozco pushed the lead to 34-14 with 10 seconds left in the third.
Prairie View A&M added a score in the final minute as Marckus Hardy caught an eight-yard touchdown pass by Panthers backup quarterback Neiko Hollins to trim the lead to 34-21 with 57 seconds remaining.
Austin Howard threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and Hebert Edwards rushed for 120 yards and two scores as Southern ran over Alabama A&M 35-14 Saturday in a game that was moved forward because of Hurricane Nate.
The game, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. started at 1 p.m. Central.
Howard was 17-of-27 passing with no interceptions for Southern (3-3, 1-1 SWAC).
Edwards scored on a 13 yard run and Howard nailed Danny Johnson on a 37-yard scoring strike to go ahead 14-0 at the half. Edwards added a 2-yard scoring run to pull ahead 21-0 in the third. A&M got on the board when Trevon Walters ran it in from the 2 but Southern quickly answered when Howard hit Kendall Catalon from the 11 for a 28-7 advantage early in the final quarter.
Isaiah Bailey led the Bulldogs (2-4,2-1), hauling in eight passes for 137 yards with one touchdown.
Devante Kincade came off the bench to provide an offensive spark as the Grambling State University football team started slow in defeating Clark Atlanta, 31-20, on Saturday afternoon during the 20th Anniversary of the Chicago Football Classic at Solider Field.
Kincade, who replaced Tigers starter Geremy Hickbottom after an injury in the first quarter, tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 230 yards on 19-of-31 passing.
Clark Atlanta (3-2) struck first with a 13-play, 88-yard drive, capped by a Carlos Saldana 29-yard field goal to give the Panthers an early 3-0 lead.
After the two teams traded possessions, Grambling State (3-2) responded with a six-play drive. Kincade tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to the back corner of the end zone to Darrell Clark with 3:20 remaining in the opening quarter and gave Grambling State a 7-3 lead.
The Tigers forced a turnover on the Panthers’ next offensive possession and Grambling State took advantage.
Kincade connected with Jordan Jones, who sprinted 59 yards to paydirt, to give the Tigers a 14-3 advantage with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter.
After the two teams traded punts, Grambling State got an interception by Chris Grant, to set up shop at the Panther 35-yard line. The Tigers got a 26-yard field goal by Marc Orozco to push the advantage to 17-3 with 12:17 left in the first half.
Clark Atlanta responded with an eight-play, 82-yard drive and used 3:26 off the clock as Deandre Jackson caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Johnathon McCrary to cut the Grambling State lead to 17-10 with 8:45 remaining in the second quarter.
The Panthers continued to trim the margin as Saldana kicked a 42-yard field goal with 1:19 left in the first half as Clark Atlanta closed the gap to 17-13.
Grambling State got the ball to begin the second half and the Tigers marched 45 yards in just three plays to extend the lead to 24-13. Kincade, with his third touchdown pass of the day, found a wide-open Jones down the left sideline for the 36-yard score with 13:55 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers started to pull away late in the third as Grambling State used a 65-yard drive and took 2:15 off the clock as Lyndemian Brooks scored on a two-yard run, with 2:43 left, to push the advantage to 31-13.
Clark Atlanta closed the margin to 31-20 with 3:53 remaining as McCrary connected with Jackson for a 25-yard touchdown, but that would be as close as the Panthers would get.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Danny Johnson returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to spark Southern to a 31-14 win over Division II Fort Valley State in a nonconference game Saturday night.
Herbert Edwards carried 19 times for 141 yards to lead the Southern offense.
Senior quarterback Austin Howard had a touchdown pass in the first quarter, hitting Jarmarqueza Mims from 7-yards out, but watched the second half from the Southern sideline after aggravating a knee injury. Leading rusher Devon Benn also left the game in the first quarter and did not return.
Freshman John Lampley came on and completed 6 of 10 passes for 52 yards and carried six times for another 51 yards for Southern (2-3).
Fort Valley State got on the board when Lorenzo Smothers returned a Southern punt 42 yards for a touchdown. Myles Graham gained 116 yards on 11 carries to lead the Wildcats.
Bayou Classic will be at Southern University’s 2017 Homecoming! Look out for the Bayou Classic tent!
Homecoming is Sat, Oct 7 at 6:00PM against Alabama A&M.