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Football Recaps - October 6

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/06/2012
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Alabama State cruises past Texas Southern
Unbeaten Alabama A&M ruins homecoming for Mississippi Valley State
Alcorn State shocks Southern
Arkansas-Pine Bluff beats Jackson State
Prairie View takes down Grambling in Dallas

Alabama State 45, Texas Southern 0 
Montgomery, Ala. (AP)  --  Isaiah Crowell ran for two touchdowns and Alabama State forced two turnovers in the second quarter as the Hornets routed Texas Southern 45-0 Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.

Crowell, a transfer from Georgia, finished with 149 yards on 17 carries and opened scoring with a 63-yard run midway through the second quarter.

After Brandon Slater recovered a Kendall Denson fumble on Texas Southern's next possession, Crowell scored again, this time with a 34-yard run.

Texas Southern (1-5, 1-4) turned the ball over for the second time in the quarter when Jeff Anderson was intercepted by Darius Knox. Greg Jenkins connected with Landon Jones from 32 yards two plays later to make it 21-0.

Alabama State (4-2, 4-1) outgained Texas Southern 432 to 133, including just 29 rushing yards for the Tigers.

Justice Jones completed 13-of-25 passes for the Tigers but was held to 52 yards and threw two interceptions.

Alabama A&M 35, Mississippi Valley State 0 
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) -- Deaunte Mason passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Alabama A&M remained unbeaten with a 35-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference victory over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.

Mason, the conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the past three weeks, completed 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards, including a 31-yard score to Montaurius Smith 25 seconds before halftime to give the Bulldogs (6-0, 5-0) a 21-0 lead.

Mason, who hasn't thrown an interception this season, completed the scoring with his second touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Bobby Goldsby.

The Delta Devils (1-4, 1-2), who came into the game leading the conference in total defense, were outgained 366 yards to 168 by the league's leading offense.

Alabama A&M, whose defense has given up the fewest points in the league, recorded six sacks against three Mississippi Valley State quarterbacks.

Alcorn State 20, Southern 17
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) -- Jordan Payne ran for two touchdowns as Alcorn State rallied to beat Southern University 20-17 on Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

Braves opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run from freshman backup quarterback Payne.

Alcorn State (2-4, 2-2) then jumped ahead 14-0 after John Gibbs connected with Joe Price on a 42-yard strike.

Four different quarterbacks took snaps for the Braves.

Southern (2-3, 1-2), however, did not give up, tying the game 14-all behind a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown by Virgil Williams. Southern took a 20-17 lead after Greg Pittman converted his first career field goal.

Alcorn State and Southern traded possessions until the Braves got the ball on their 29 with 6:10 remaining for the final drive of the game.

The Braves drove the ball to the Jaguars 1 and capped the 14-play drive with a touchdown run from Payne with 20 seconds remaining.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 34, Jackson State 24
Pine Bluff, AR (AP) -- Dennis Jenkins ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, helping Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeat Jackson State 34-24 on Saturday night.

Both of his touchdowns came in the first half.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 27-24 late in the game when Benjamin Anderson connected with Aaron Lagrone on an 8-yard touchdown pass to gain some breathing room with 1:39 left.

Jackson State (2-4, 2-2) had three players rush for 100 or more yards -- Tommy Gooden (104), Rakeem Sims (101) and Clayton Moore (100).

Arkansas-Pine Bluff was ahead 24-14 with 7:47 left in the third quarter when the game was delayed for 40 minutes due to lightning.

Prairie View 31, Grambling State 14
DALLAS -- A 75-yard kickoff return helped Prairie View win its first game of the season Saturday night, defeating Grambling State 31-14 at The State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Johnta' Herbert scored a touchdown after a 75-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He also scored after catching a 41-yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke. Later, Lovelocke kept the ball for a 1-yard run and Courtney Brown added a touchdown after a 45-yard run.

The Panthers are now 1-5 overall and 1/3 in the SWAC.

For the Tigers (0-5, 0-4 SWAC), their scoring came on the ground as Cedric Skinner scored on a 2-yard run and D. J. Williams on a 19-yard run. Following both, the kicks by Angelo Eave were good.

Prairie View defeated Grambling in last season's State Fair Classic. The last time Prairie View beat Grambling in consecutive seasons was in 1963 and 1964.