Grambling State 47, Mississippi Valley State 40
GRAMBLING, La. -- Grambling State University snapped a 12-game losing streak and a 15-game skid in Southwestern Athletic Conference play with a 47-40 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday at Eddie Robinson Stadium.
Johnathan Williams accounted for seven touchdowns to help GSU (1-8, 1-6) hold off MVSU (1-8, 1-6). He tallied 319 of the Tigers' 407 total yards. Williams threw five touchdown passes and rushed for two while putting GSU ahead 40-24, its largest lead, on a quarterback sneak with one quarter remaining.
Williams completed 18-of-31 passes for 265 yards while connecting with 10 different receivers. He also rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries.
Jestin Williams added two touchdowns on the ground and Anthony McGhee caught four passes including one for a score. Verlon Hunter caught two touchdowns with Chad Williams and R. Wilson adding one apiece.
Steve Orisakwe, Naquan Smith, and Donovan McCray led a defense that produced four sacks with seven tackles each.
Patrick Ivy pulled MVSU within one score with a five-yard run to open the fourth quarter. Williams answered on the next series with a 60-yard drive, capped by his 11-yard touchdown run to put GSU up 47-32.
The Delta Devils chipped at the lead when Ivy plunged in the end zone on a quarter back sneak. MVSU capitalized on back-to-back two-point conversions to trail 47-40.
With seconds remaining, MVSU was unable to convert after a passing attempt in the end zone fell incomplete as the clock expired.
Ivy led the Delta Devils with two passing and two rushing touchdowns. He went 15-of-35 for 266 yards including a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Cortez Frizell added a touchdown and Julian Stafford led all receivers with seven receptions for 113 yards. Jerrell Moore had three catches for 110 yards as MVSU finished with 371 yards for the game.
Avery Boykins led all players and MVSU with nine tackles.
Alabama A&M 19, Alcorn State 18
LORMAN, Miss. - Alabama A&M University handed head coach Anthony Jones his 100th career victory with a 19-18 come from behind victory over Alcorn State on Saturday at Spinx-Casem Stadium.
Jaymason Lee threw for three touchdowns to guide AAMU (3-6, 3-4) completing 11-of-20 for 150 yards. Jonathan Dorsey caught two of Lee's passes for a touchdwon, including the deciding score, finishing with four receptions for 72 yards. Montaurius Smith caught five passes for 81 yards to lead all receivers.
Lee threw a touchdown pass to Dorsey and Toriono Upshaw to close the gap.
The Bulldogs held the Braves scoreless in the second with Chris Ervin and Robert Nelson leading the defense. Ervin recorded 11 tackles (7 solo) and Nelson tacked on 10.
ALC (7-3, 5-2) jumped out to a 15-0 lead to open the game. The Braves recorded a safety and a seven-play, 60-yard score on the ensuing drive. It was capped with a John Gibbs Jr. seven-yard touchdwon pass to Jordan Payne. Joe Price's one-yard touchdown extended the Braves lead to 15-0.
The Braves hit a field goal before half time to take 18-13 but missed a field goal with 2:38 remaining in the game. The Braves forced a three and out but fumbled the ensuing punt.
Arnold Walker rushed for a game-high 109 yards on 27 carries. Gibbs completed 18-of-30 for 171 yards and Tollette George hauled in four receptions for 54 yards.
Anthony Williams finished with nine tackles and Devon Francois added eight to lead the Braves.
AAMU finished with 371 yards on offense and ALC closed the game with 347 yards.
Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Alabama State University fell behind early en route to a 48-14 non conference loss to Kentucky on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
ASU (6-3) touchdowns were courtesy of a 32-yard run from Isaiah Crowell and a 68-yard pass from Daniel Duhart to Jamel Johnson.
Crowell's back-to-back runs for 10 yards set up his 32-yard blast around the left end tied the game at seven. In the third quarter, Duhart found Johnson to give the Hornets' their final tally.
Crowell rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries (7.0 avg). Duhart went 8-of-23 for 97 yards and Johnson hauled in five receptions for 97 yards.
On defense, Leland Baker gathered 10 tackles and sack to lead the Hornets.
Kentucky (2-6) ends a five-game losing streak with its second best offensive performance this season.
Jalen Whitlow ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more en route to 101 yards rushing on 10 carries. He also threw for 186 yards completing 16-of-26.
Kentucky quickly pounced on opportunities to break the game open in the first half.
Jojo Kemp had 13 carries for 67 yards and a score, Demarco Robinson and Jeff Badget each hauled in four receptions, and Eric Dixon collected six tackles to lead the Wildcats.
UK outgained the ASU 422-297.
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