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.
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By Kirk Michelet, Producer
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Week 5 in the SWAC gets underway Friday night when Alcorn State travels west to face Texas Southern.
SWAC Game of the Week: Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Friday, September 29:
Texas Southern vs. Alcorn State: (Houston, TX at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, September 30
Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Huntsville, AL at 2:00 p.m.)
Grambling State vs. Clark Atlanta (Chicago, IL at 3:30 p.m.)
Prairie View vs. Jackson State (Prairie View, TX at 4:00 p.m.)
Charleston Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State (Charleston, S.C. at 5:00 p.m.)
Southern vs. Fort Valley State (Baton Rouge at 6:00 p.m.)
By Curtis Heyen
GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) -
Grambling State University’s fall headcount has surpassed 5,000 for the first time in four years, school officials says. Total enrollment now stands at 5,188, meaning an increase of 7 percent over fall 2016. A factor in the increase is 926 new freshmen, a 6.68 percent year-over-year increase. And the number of continuing students increased by 9.5 percent this fall, school officials say.
“I am ecstatic and thrilled with these numbers,” said Rick Gallot, who completed his first year as Grambling State’s president Aug. 1.
Those numbers are a testament to how hard the school’s admissions, recruitment and enrollment teams worked the past year to help prospective students clear get enrolled, he added. The improvement in fall enrollment at Grambling State comes on the heels of a 5.7 percent year-over-year increase in enrollment this spring. The spring term began with 4,596 students on campus, up from a spring 2016 enrollment of 4,349. The last time Grambling State had an enrollment of more than 5,000 was 2013, when the student population totaled 5,071.
“We aim to get every interested student and their parent or guardian the information they need to consider our school. And we work to give them good reasons to choose to become a Tiger,” said Patricia Hutcherson, Grambling State’s executive director of enrollment management.
“I’m happy to say that the hard work and long hours have paid off. Now we turn our attention to retention and recruiting for the spring and fall 2018 semesters.”
Earlier this year, Gallot said that the school had seen 2 percent increases in spring enrollment each year since 2014 and that he was confident Grambling State’s enrollment could come closer to 5,000 students by this fall. This fall’s headcount surpassed that mark. “These numbers prove that GSU is a viable college option,” Grambling State’s president said. “And we have to continue to build on the successes we’ve had for decades.”
In the spring, Gallot also said that he is aiming for enrollment to again hit the 6,000 mark and that he knows his school can do it. The most recent time Grambling State’s enrollment topped 6,000 was in 1996, when there were 6,701 students enrolled. The school’s headcount peaked at nearly near 8,000 in the 1990s then fell by 3,133 over the course of five years.
Courtesy: Southern U. Athletic Media Relations
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern University held Southern Miss to 10 points in the second half but was unable to overcome the Golden Eagles’ 35-point first half in a lopsided 45-0 loss at M.M. Ross Stadium Saturday night.
Southern Miss offense produced 477 yards on 74 plays from scrimmage and relied on a senior ladened defense to hold Southern to 140 total yards while forcing two turnovers.
With three-year starter Austin Howard out due to injury, Southern offense struggled against the Golden Eagle defense as true freshman Glendon McDaniel made his first career start. It was the first time a Jaguar player other than Howard started for SU since Deonte Shorts replaced Howard during his freshman campaign on Oct. 25, 2014 against Jackson State.
McDaniel completed 5-for16 pass attempts for 22 yards with two interceptions. Redshirt freshman Marquez Lee entered the game in the second half and generated some offense going 5-for-10 for 56 yards. Devon Benn led the Jaguars with 42 rushing yards on eight carries while freshman Jamar Washington hauled in three receptions for 36 yards.
Five of the Jaguars first six drives ended after Southern failed to convert on third down. As a team, Southern average third down yards to gain was 12.3 yards in the first half. Southern converted its initial first down with 9:46 in the second quarter on Herb Edwards 13-yard rush.
Southern Miss struck first after SU punter Taylor Merritt mishandled the snap on fourth down and Southern Miss cornerback Rachuan Mitchell recovered the fumble in the Jaguars end zone to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Southern watched as the Golden Eagles reeled off three more touchdowns on drives of 69, 12 and 50 to take a commanding 28-0 first quarter lead. Kwadra Griggs completed a 26-yard pass to Quez Watkins with 5:53 left before halftime to push the Golden Eagles lead to 35-0.
Three plays into the third quarter, McDaniels errant pass found Southern Miss cornerback Cornell Armstrong who raced 46-yard untouched into the end zone. The Golden Eagles final points came on a Parker Shaunfied 28-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter.
Despite the final score, Southern played a number of young players while resting several veterans including Herb Edward and Danny Johnson in the second half.
Southern will return to Baton Rouge to regroup before venturing west of the Mississippi River to challenge another Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in the Alamodome.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.