Football Recaps: September 16
Grambling State 36, Jackson State 21
GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University football team scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away from Jackson State in a 36-21 victory on Saturday night at Eddie G. Memorial Stadium.
“It was good to get a victory tonight,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We didn’t play well and we had a lot of mistakes and a lot of penalties. Coach (Tony) Hughes and his staff have done an excellent job and at the end of the day, they gave us all that we could handle. We were just able to grind out the victory.”
Grambling State (2-1) took advantage of a safety just eight seconds into the game as the snap to Jackson State quarterback Brent Lyles was high and over his head as he retrieved the ball in the end zone. Lyles ran out of the back of the end zone to give GSU a quick 2-0 lead.
Grambling State set up shop on its own 46 to begin its first drive. GSU marched 54 yards in just six plays, capped by a Devante Kincade 13-yard touchdown run to give Grambling State a 9-0 advantage with 12:35 remaining in the opening quarter.
Jackson State (0-3) cut the margin to 9-7 as Lyles scored on a two-run quarterback keeper with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
JSU put together a seven-play, 81-yard drive and took 3:07 off the clock as Jordan Johnson punched in the go-ahead score to give Jackson State a 14-9 lead with 11:29 left in the first half.
Back came Grambling State as Martez Carter ran past the Jackson State defense and 51 yards into the end zone to give GSU the lead for good at 16-14 with 9:34 left in the half.
Grambling State got a 24-yard field goal from Marc Orozco with 4:18 remaining in the second quarter to push the advantage to 19-14.
Orozco added his second field goal, a 37-yarder, with 9:54 left in the third to extend the advantage to 22-14.
Jackson State answered as Lyles found Benjy Parrish on a 33-yard touchdown pass on third down, cutting the deficit to a single point, 22-21, with 7:03 left.
But that would be all Jackson State would get as Kincade connected with Lyndemian Brooks on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 12:17 remaining and De’Arius Christmas recovered a fumble and scored with 3:33 left to put the game out of reach.
-Grambling State sports information
McNeese State 34, Alcorn State 27
Lorman, Miss. – Despite a career-high 424 passing yards by senior Lenorris Footman, McNeese State came out on top of a seesaw affair 34-27 over the Alcorn State University football program Saturday at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.
The Braves (1-2, 0-0 SWAC) had an opportunity late with the ball in a tied 20-20 game, but the McNeese (2-1, 0-1 SLC) defense was able to force a three-and-out to get the ball back. On the ensuing Cowboys drive, McNeese drove down the field and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 33-yard pass from James Tabary to Kent Shelby with 26 seconds left.
Footman threw for three touchdowns and also caught one on a trick play. He connected with eight different wide receivers including senior Norlando Veals who tallied 112 receiving yards, one touchdown pass and a touchdown throw. Footman also threw touchdown passes to junior Marquis Warford and senior De'Lance Turner. Warford recorded 90 receiving yards, Turner 77 and junior Raidarious Anderson 80.
Defensively, junior Myshawn Smith and junior Solomon Muhammad, the reigning SWAC Defensive Player of the Week, posted eight tackles apiece. Sophomore Kwanzi Jackson wrapped-up a career-high seven tackles including a sack, and junior Trae Ferrell notched six tackles, two for a loss, a sack and forced a fumble. The Braves forced three fumbles in the game, but the Cowboys were able to recover all of them. Alcorn forced one turnover which was an interception by sophomore Javen Morrison.
James led the Cowboys with 310 passing yards and four touchdowns.
--Alcorn State sports information
UTSA 51, Southern 17
SAN ANTONIO, TX. – Playing once again without quarterback Austin Howard, the Jaguars (1-2) were outgained 502-149 in total yards of offense and dug themselves into a 48-point halftime hole before dropping a road contest at the Alamodome.
Southern’s Danny Johnson got the Jags on the board with a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown with 8:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Southern (1-2) outscored UTSA 10-0 in the fourth quarter behind a 45-yard field goal by C. Johnson and a 24-yard touchdown run by Tevin Horton.
Nicholls State 44, Prairie View A&M 13
Thibodaux, La. – The Prairie View A&M University football team lost at Nicholls 44-13 Saturday night at Manning Field / Guidry Stadium.
Jalen Morton led the only PVAMU touchdown drive, moving the Panthers 67 yards in eight plays, ending with Morton’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Zarrian Holcombe in the fourth quarter.
Zach Elder made a pair of field goals, the first from 42 yards late in the first half. Elder later converted a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Starting quarterback Lavell McCullers completed 11 of 27 passes for 122 yards in leading the Panthers on the two scoring drives. Morton completed seven of 13 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Sta’Fon McCray led the rushing attack with 51 yards on 14 carries
Defensively, Jalyn Williams and DeVohn Reed each recorded a sack, and Will Skinner made an interception.
--Prairie View A&M sports information
Arkansas State 48, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
JONESBORO, Ark. – Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen completed 24-of-31 passes for game highs of 336 yards and five touchdowns as 11 different players recorded a reception in Arkansas State’s home win at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Arkansas State (1-1) got on the board with 11:04 remaining in the first quarter when Hansen found Christian Booker for a 38-yard strike.
The Golden Lions (1-2) fell behind 20-3 by halftime and picked up its lone score on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Jamie Gillan with 9:51 left in the second quarter. Gillan also misfired on attempts from 41 and 54 yards. Both were in the first half.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff was outgained 493-280 in total yards of offense and was hampered by five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles lost).
UAPB quarterback Brandon Duncan completed 13-of-23 passes for 140 yards and was also sacked four times.
Jontavis Testa made 11 tackles including an assisted tackle for a loss to lead the Arkansas-Pine Bluff defense.
South Alabama 45, Alabama A&M 0
MOBILE, Ala. – The Bulldogs wrapped up their three-game foray Saturday against FBS competition. While they came away winless, including Saturday's 45-0 loss at the University of South Alabama, the Bulldogs came away learning what it will take to win.
And one of the things they learned is that they must avoid "self-inflicted wounds," according to Head Coach James Spady. "[It was] self-inflicted wounds," he said. "We talk about it every week; we talk about it every day - trying to avoid the things that are going to beat us that we do to ourselves."
After holding the Jags to a field goal in the first series of the game, A&M cranked up its offense and moved downfield. However, Nick Carden's 20-yard field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown to give South Alabama a 10-0 lead - and they didn't look back. On their next possession, keyed by a 55-yard pass play, the Jags took a 17-0 lead.
Then, another A&M self-inflicted wound resulted in a South Alabama touchdown. Octayvious Miles fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Jags recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead late in the first quarter.
"I've said all along, we have to stay away from the self-inflicted wounds," Spady said. "When you turn the football over, that's a self-inflicted wound. "There's no getting around that, we have to stop that. We have to fix that."
--Alabama A&M sports information
Kennesaw State 20, Alabama State 14
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After a 55-minute weather delay, the Alabama State University football team had their chance in the final seconds to come away with a win, however, it was the Kennesaw State University defense who came up with the big play at the end to come away with a 20-14 victory at ASU Stadium late Saturday night.
Alabama State (0-3), who trailed most of the game, started a drive from their own nine-yard line with just 4:46 remaining in the contest and down six. The Hornets moved the ball down the field, converting on two third down and one fourth down conversion to move down to the Kennesaw State 28-yard line. After a sack and an incomplete pass, redshirt freshman Kobie Jones found freshman George Golden on an eight-yard screen pass on third and long. The ensuing play, Kennesaw State’s Anthony Gore recorded a sack to preserve the Owls’ victory.
“We just didn’t get it done,” Alabama State University head coach Brian Jenkins said. “I am proud because our guys played to the end. Defensively, we made some strong stands and they did a wonderful job. If you look at it, it was an even ball game all the way to the end. Defensively, we held them to their lowest output of the year thus far – they came in averaging nearly 500 yards. We didn’t take advantage of opportunities and we turned the ball over a couple of times. They were able to capitalize off of our mistakes.”
Alabama State tied the contest up early in the second quarter when Golden caught a pass from Jones, made a couple of defenders miss and raced to the end zone for his first career touchdown with 10:56 to play before half. The reception was just the second of his career, and he finished with five receptions for 54 yards. He also finished the night with a career-high 56 yards on 10 carries to lead the Hornets.
--Alabama State Sports Information