Grambling Wins Eighth Straight; Defeat UAPB 31-26

PINE BLUFF, Ark. | The Grambling State University football team held off a late charge by Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the Tigers escaped with a 31-26 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory on Saturday afternoon at Golden Lion Stadium.

 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-7 overall, 1-4 SWAC) took the opening kickoff and marched 59 yards before the drive stalled inside the Grambling State 5-yard line. A sack by De’Andre Hogues forced the Golden Lions to kick a field goal as Jamie Gillan booted the 28-yard kick to give UAPB a 3-0 advantage with 10:33 left in the first quarter.

 

After the two teams traded possessions, Grambling State’s offense went to work as the Tigers went 80 yards in 11 plays as Devante Kincade connected with Jordan Jones for an 11-yard touchdown reception to give GSU a 7-3 lead with 4:05 remaining in the opening quarter.

 

The Golden Lions responded on their next drive as Arkansas-Pine Bluff went 62 yards in just four plays as Brandon Duncan hit Kolby McNeal on a screen pass for the 15-yard score, giving UAPB a 10-7 advantage with 2:47 left in the first.

 

Back came Grambling State as the Tigers marched 70 yards in seven plays as Kincade fired a 17-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Clark to give GSU a 14-10 lead with 14 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff cashed in off a Kincade interception as the Golden Lions went 40 yards in 10 plays as Gillan booted a 34-yard field goal to close the margin to 14-13 with 8:30 left in the first half.

 

After a missed 49-yard field goal by Gillan, Grambling State marched 69 yards to extend the lead to 21-13 with 2:50 remaining in the quarter. On fourth down, the Tigers appeared to line up for a 46-yard field goal, but after a GSU timeout, Kincade completed a 26-yard pass to Calif Samon. On the very next play, Martez Carter rushed three yards into the endzone to cap the nine-play scoring drive.

 

On Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s next drive, Ja’Terious Pouncy picked off Golden Lions backup quarterback Marcus Terrell and returned the interception to the Tigers 44. Grambling State quickly matriculated the ball down the field in just five plays as Kincade connected with Marquise Kaigler for a 7-yard score to extend the Tigers lead to 28-13 with 47 seconds remaining in the half.

 

The Golden Lions cut the deficit to 28-16 with 4:15 remaining as Arkansas-Pine Bluff used a 10-play drive, capped by a 35-yard field goal by Gillan.

 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff continued to chip away at the deficit as Terrell connected with McNeil for a 9-yard touchdown pass, capping a 9-play, 69-yard drive, to close the gap to 28-23 with 11:53 remaining.

 

The Tigers (8-1, 5-0) capitalized on a Golden Lions turnover as Keshawn Williams coughed up the football at its own 18. Grambling State went three-and-out, but benefited from a 38-yard field goal by Marc Orozco to extend the lead to 31-23 with 6:07 left.

 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff went 46 yards in nine plays, but ended up with a 43-yard field goal by Gillan to trim the margin to 31-26 with 2:04 remaining.

 

After forcing Grambling State to punt the football, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was forced to go 86 yards for the game-winning score.

 

The Golden Lions were able to pick up a first down, but La’Allan Clark’s sack with four seconds left sealed the victory for the Tigers.

 

Turning Point

Arkansas-Pine Bluff had the momentum in the second half, but all it took was one turnover to seal the victory.

 

With Grambling State in full control with a 28-13 halftime lead, the Golden Lions were able to close the gap to 28-23 with less than nine minutes remaining.

 

After a Grambling State punt, Arkansas-Pine Bluff took over deep in its own territory. After positive yardage on first down, KeShawn Williams fumbled the football and was recovered by Anfernee Mullins.

 

Despite going three-and-out on the series, the Tigers got a much-needed 38-yard field goal by Marc Orozco to push the lead to eight points (31-23) with 6:07 left.

 

Inside the Numbers

· Devante Kincade was 28-of-42 passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns.

· Devante Kincade rushed six times for 36 yards.

· DeeSherrius Flowers led the ground game with 42 yards on 11 carries.

· Darrell Clark caught five passes for 71 yards and one score.

· Calief Samon added five catches for 44 yards.

· Marc Orozco was 1-for-1 on field goals and 4-for-4 in extra point attempts.

· Ja’Terious Pouncy registered seven solo tackles and one interception.

· Malcom Williams added six total tackles and one sack.

· Percy Cargo, Jr. tallied 5.5 total tackles, including one tackle for loss.

· Brandon Duncan rushed 10 times for 86 yards and was 8-of-14 passing for 89 yards.

· Marcus Terrell finished with 84 yards passing on 8-of-16 passing with one interception.

· Kolby McNeal caught five passes for 61 yards and added a pair of scores.

· Nijul Canada tallied six solo tackles to pace the Golden Lion defense.

· Londale Sanders finished with 5.5 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.

· Grambling State registered 25 first downs.

· The Tigers were Tigers penalized nine times for 81 yards.

· Grambling State was 5-for-5 in red-zone scoring chances.

· The finished with 365 total yards of offense.

 

News & Notes

· Grambling State scored 30-or-more points for the seventh time.

· Grambling State came into the game ranked No. 12 in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll and No. 13 in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, No. 1 in the SBN Sports Network Black College Football Poll and No. 2 in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Poll.

· Grambling State wore its white jerseys with black pants on Saturday and improved to 11-1 when wearing those jerseys during the Broderick Fobbs era.

· Broderick Fobbs improved to 4-0 all-time against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

· Arkansas-Pine Bluff snapped a 71 minute, 13 second scoreless streak against Grambling State (spanning the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons) with a field goal early in the first quarter.

· Kendall Hill was disqualified due to targeting in the first half.

· The Tigers failed to score in the third quarter for the first time this season.

· Grambling State improved to 29-11-2 all-time against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

· The Tigers have won eight straight after losing to Tulane to begin the season.

 

Up Next

Grambling State concludes its back-to-back SWAC road trips on Saturday, Nov. 11 during Military Appreciation Day as the Tigers visit Alabama State. Kickoff against the Hornets is set for 2 p.m. at ASU Football Stadium.

 

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Brian Howard
Sports Information Director
Grambling State University


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