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SWAC Week 9 Recap

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Jackson State 51, Prairie View A&M 38

SHREVEPORT, La. – Jackson State University scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure a 51-38 victory over Prairie View A&M during the Shreveport Classic on Saturday inside Independence Stadium.

Clayton Moore accounted for five touchdowns to keep JSU (7-2, 7-0) unbeaten in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Moore passed for 235 yards and four touchdowns including three to Zach Pendleton in the first half. He also rushed for 104 yards, a score, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.

Tommy Gooden finished with 203 yards rushing (10.1 avg) and Pendleton caught eight passes for 130. The offensive combination helped the Tigers gain 555 yards.

Ariane McCree registered 12 tackles (7 solo) with 4.5 for a loss to lead a JSU defense that posted six sacks.

For PVAMU (5-4, 4-3), De’Auntre Smiley connected with Deandre Cooper on a 93-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown to tie the game late in the third quarter. However, the Panthers were left scoreless in the final frame.

De’Auntre Smiley stepped in for starting quarterback Jerry Lovelocke, who did not play, with 408 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Cooper had five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Johnta Hebert added 60 yards on seven carries (8.6 avg).

Kenneth Maxwell recorded 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception for the Panthers. PVAMU gained 585 yards of total offense.

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Alcorn State 44, Southern 38 (OT)

BATON ROUGE, La. – Arnold Walker scored on a 25-yard run in overtime to lift Alcorn State University to 44-38 Southwest Athletic Conference win over Southern on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Walker led ALC (7-2, 5-1) with 156 yards rushing and two touchdwons on 28 carries (5.6 avg). John Gibbs Jr. had 239 yards passing with two touchdowns, completing 16-of 28-passes. He also ran for 67 yards on 12 carries (5.6 avg) and a score.

Anthony Williams, Jr. set up the Braves with an interception during SU’s (4-4, 4-2) opening possession in overtime. He returned it 88 yards but was tackled on the four-yard line.

George Tollette hauled in five receptions for 40 yards and Jordan Payne caught four passes for 48. Devon Francois and Damon Watkins led ALC’s defense. Francois had nine tackles and Watkins finished with eight.

With the score in favor of Alcorn State 31-14, SU scored 21-straight points, including two Dray Joseph touchdown passes, to give the Jaguars their first lead of the game.

Joseph connected with Nico Talbert for an eight-yard score before Justin Morgan rushed for nine yards to cap the scoring in the third quarter and close the gap, 31-28. Early in the fourth, Joseph found Randall Menard for 53 yards to help the Jaguars take a 35-31 lead.

After Anthony Williams III helped the Braves reclaim the lead, 38-35, from a 33-yard run, SU tied it on Greg Pittman’s 38-yard field goal with 38 seconds left.

Joseph completed 25-of-45 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Randall Menard. Menard had 119 yards from three receptions.

Four players finished in double figures in tackles for the Jaguars. Franchot West led the field with 17 tackles, sharing a sack with Anthony Balancier who chipped in 11 stops. Omar Cook and Dionte McDuffy registered 10 tackles apiece.

SU recorded 367 yards on offense and ALC had 522 to win its fourth straight.

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Hornets Hand Bulldogs 31-7 loss in Magic City Classic

Daniel Duhart threw for 301 yards and three scores and Malcolm Cyrus rushed for 127 to lead Alabama State to a 31-7 win over Alabama A&M in the 72nd State Farm Magic City Classic.

“This was a really good win for this team,” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said. “We were real sloppy today. Defensively we kept jumping offsides and offensively we were sputtering there for a while. We found a way to make some plays and we found a way to get it done even though we didn’t play the way we liked.”

Duhart struggled early only connecting on four of his first 10 attempts, before settling down in the second quarter and going 9 for 16 the rest of the way.

ASU held a slim 14-0 lead before Kourtney Berry intercepted a pass early in the third quarter and the Hornets came up with a fumble recovery on their own one yard line to stop an AAMU scoring threat.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Duhart hooked up with Earl Lucas from 39 yards out early in the fourth quarter to put ASU up 21-0 and in reality, put the game out of reach.

After giving up the Bulldogs lone score with 11 minutes left in the game, ASU scored ended the scoring with two more scores. Bobby Wenzig connected from 28 yards out and Rodney Cross scored on a two yard run with just under four minutes left.

ASU finished the game with 451 yards against the SWAC’s top defensive team. ASU rushed for 150 yards, marking the first time the Hornets did not break the 200 yard rushing plateau this season.

Defensively, ASU held AAMU to 334 yards while forcing three turnovers.

“We had some guys to play really combative today and had a lot of guys step up on defense,” Barlow said. Our guys took the challenge of playing hard and making some plays.”

Following the game Duhart was named the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and Derrick Billups was named the Defensive MVP. Billups finished the game with two sacks and two tackles for lost yardage. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble to go along with his quarterback hurry.

“It was a good win after a week off, but we have a lot of work to do,” Barlow said. “We want to get our offense back on the pace they were on before the week off and we need for the defense to continue to show improvement.”

After a scoreless first quarter, ASU went into the locker room with a 14-0 lead after scoring two second quarter touchdowns. The first came on a 15 yard pass from Duhart to Jarrett Neely to complete a nine-play 74 yard drive to put ASU up 7-0.

The second score came with time running out in the half when Duhart hit DeMario Bell, again from 15 yards out with only 10 seconds left on the clock.

The win for ASU was their sixth consecutive win running their overall record to 6-2 and moving to 6-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action. AAMU falls to 2-6 and 2-4 in the SWAC.

The Hornets will hit the road next week when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the University of Kentucky at 6:30 p.m.

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Tigers Win in Overtime

GRAMBLING, LA-Regulation was not long enought for the Texas Southern Tigers when they faced Grambling State in GSU’s Eddie Robinson Stadium.

TSU beat Grambling 23-17 in overtime.  Grambling was up 17-10 going into half-time.

TSU quarterback Homer Causey went down in the start of the fourth quarter with cramps.  Jamal Small came into the game and led the TIgers 84 yards for the touchdown.  Peters caught the 21 yard pass that tied the game 17-17.

TSU made two huge defensive plays to keep GSU from scoring.  Earnest Gilley and LeTevin Wilcox had interceptions that stopped Grambling Drives.  The game went into overtime and GSU got the ball first.

TSU kept Grambling out of the end zone and got their shot to win the game.

Edward Perkins-Loving had a 22 yard run that put TSU on Gramblings 3 yard line.  Small finished the drive and captured the win with a 3 yard touchdown run.

Small completed 6 of 7 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.  Causey had 13 of 25 completions for 124 yards.  He rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Jaquaa Peters had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Wilcox led the defense with 11 tackles and an interception.  Amir Bloom had 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 TFL.

Texas Southern will host Southern on Friday, November 1st at 8:00pm in the TSU’s home BBVA Compass Stadium.

Courtesy of swac.org

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