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Grambling State avoided a season drought with a 22-7 win over Virginia-Lynchburg on Homecoming. Arely D. Castillo/The News-Star
Courtesy: SWAC.org

SWAC Football Recaps for Week 8

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/20/2012
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*Grambling Gets First Win on Homecoming
*Prairie View beats Alcorn State in Shootout
*Jackson St. edges Mississippi Valley in Double-OT
*Lions take a bite out of Jaguars

Grambling 22, Virginia-Lynchburg 7
GRAMBLING -- Running back Cedric Skinner scored two touchdowns and quarterback Frank Rivers threw another as Grambling won their first game of the season, knocking off Virginia-Lynchburg on homecoming.

Rivers was 6-of-13 for 114 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Skinner rushed for 45 yards on 19 carries.

Although the Tiger defense would surrender 109 yards rushing to Va.-Lynchburg back Mach Shinhoster, they would limit the visitors to only 166 total yards.

Prairie View 52, Alcorn State 37
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) -- De'Auntre Smiley threw four touchdown passes Saturday to lead Prairie View A&M to a 52-37 victory over Alcorn State.

Fred Anderson ran for 103 yards and a TD for the Panthers (2-5, 2/3 SWAC), who built a 38-10 lead. Smiley had scoring passes of 37 yards to Jacoby Anderson, 46 yards to Greg Thurmond, 50 yards to Deandre Cooper and 5 yards to Olantunde Idowu. He was 16 of 20 for 251 yards and was not intercepted. Panthers receiver Spencer Nelson ran for a touchdown and threw a 14-yard touchdown to Jacoby Anderson.

John Gibbs threw for 282 yards and a touchdown for Alcorn State (3-5, 3-3). Terrance Lewis led the Braves with 73 receiving yards and returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Jackson State 14, Mississippi Valley 7 (2OT)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Clayton Moore accounted for both Jackson State touchdowns in the Tigers' 14-7 overtime win against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.

Moore finished with 131 yards on 14-of-29 passing and rushed 16 times for 72 yards.

His 9-yard touchdown pass to Rico Richardson gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead before MSVU's Marcus Randle hit Richard Drake for a 71-yard touchdown pass to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

Moore completed two passes in overtime before scoring on a 1-yard run to put Jackson State up 14-7.

MVSU (2-5, 2/3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) took over for its overtime possession but Jamal Carter tackled Brandon Stansel in the backfield, forcing the running back to fumble away the Hornets' comeback hopes.

Jackson State (4-4, 4-2) outgained MVSU 328-204, with the Tigers holding possession for over 58 minutes.

MVSU posted 23 rushing yards on 29 carries and hasn't beaten Jackson State since 1994.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50, Southern 21
BATON ROUGE -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff moved a giant step closer to punching a ticket to the SWAC championship game with a dominant performance against Southern on Saturday night.


The Jaguars fell to 3-4 and 2-3 in the conference, while UAPB increased their lead in the Western Division to two games at 4-1. The Lions also improved to 5-2 overall.

The game was never close as UAPB jumped out to a 21-0 lead and cruised into halftime up 41-6.

The Lions offense rolled up over 500 yards. Four different players scored touchdowns for UAPB. Quarterback Ben Anderson led the way with a touchdown on the ground and one in the air. Anderson rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries. He also was 15-for-20 for 296 yards and no interceptions. His big-play target of the day was Ladarius Eckwood who had 131 yards on only three catches, including a 52 yard touchdown strike.

The UAPB defense also contributed to the scoring as Bill Ross returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown on Southern's first possession of the game.