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Grambling St. overtakes Alcorn St. 27-20 for SWAC title

HOUSTON (AP) Grambling State running back Martez Carter had to remind himself of advice he frequently hears from Tigers coach Broderick Fobbs.

''Coach always preaches that anytime you make a mistake, it happens for a reason, and you have to have a short-term memory,'' Carter said.

Carter rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown and used a dominant second half to help Grambling State overcome a 17-point halftime deficit and Alcorn State 27-20 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at NRG Stadium.

Late in the fourth quarter, Carter was nearly in the end zone when an Alcorn State defender knocked the ball loose on the 2-yard line. Luckily for Carter and the Tigers, receiver Dominique Leake was in the perfect place to catch the fumble in midair and step into the end zone to tie the game at 20.

Like coach says, every mistake happens for a reason.

After a blocked extra-point attempt by Alcorn State, Carter used his short-term memory to put the fumble behind him and scamper into the end zone on a 31-yard touchdown run with less than four minutes remaining to give Grambling State (10-1) its first lead of the game.

Grambling State cornerback Jameel Jackson intercepted a pass at midfield with three minutes left to secure the win.

The game was a rematch of the 2015 SWAC title game, which Alcorn State won 49-21. The Tigers won their first SWAC championship since 2011 and 24th conference title in school history, the most in the conference.

''They put us in a bind and dominated us in the first half, but our kids continued to fight,'' Fobbs said. ''We scrambled and made some plays and got some key stops, defensively, and were able to come away with the victory.''

After dominating the SWAC in an undefeated run in the regular season, the Tigers found themselves in unfamiliar territory at halftime as they trailed 17-0.

''Once we came in the halftime locker room and saw how everybody had the same mindset, I wasn't worried at all,'' Grambling State quarterback Devante Kincade said. ''I was ready to get back on the field.''

Kincade threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 22 passing despite eight sacks.

Alcorn State (5-6) got 126 yards rushing and a touchdown from De'Lance Turner, who had 16 carries.

''We gave up big plays and those kinds of things hurt,'' Alcorn State head coach Fred McNair said. ''It's just the way it happened and that's the way that second half played out, unfortunately.''

McNair, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach in February after previous head coach Jay Hopson left for Southern Mississippi, guided his team past a rocky 1-3 start to return to the conference championship game. McNair is the brother of the late NFL quarterback and Alcorn State legend Steve McNair.

Grambling State will face North Carolina A&T in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 in Atlanta, the same opponent that beat Alcorn State in the same game 41-34 a year ago.

THE TAKEAWAY

GRAMBLING STATE: The Tigers dominated the SWAC in the regular season, winning by an average margin of 31.7 points but had to overcome a sluggish first-half start to finish the regular season undefeated in conference play.

ALCORN STATE: The Braves dominated the first half and led by three scores at the break before losing momentum early in the third quarter and the lead in the fourth quarter.

EMERGENCY KICKER

After Grambling State kicker/punter Jonathan Wallace was injured on a punting play, he was unable to resume his duties as kicker. Fobbs turned to CB Abubakkar Conteh, who had never previously kicked for the Tigers and the team only recently found out played soccer in high school in Canada. With the exception of the blocked extra-point attempt on a bad snap, Conteh delivered, converting two extra points and handling kickoff duties.

RUSHING TO CONCLUSIONS

Alcorn State won in its two previous trips to the SWAC title game by dominating the ground game. The Braves more than doubled their opponents' rushing yard totals in the previous two victories and were on their way to a similar feat on Saturday, leading the rushing total by a wide margin of 173-96 at the half. In the second half, however, Grambling State outgained Alcorn State 79-16, a key turnaround that ultimately flipped the game.

PENALTIES GALORE

McNair acknowledged that committing 15 penalties for 134 yards was a major factor in Alcorn State's loss of the early lead. Nine of those penalties for 82 yards were committed in the first half. Comparatively, Grambling State committed 10 penalties for 95 yards.

UP NEXT

GRAMBLING STATE: The Tigers will represent the SWAC in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, taking on North Carolina A&T out of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference.

ALCORN STATE: The Braves are expected to return most of their starters on offense in 2017, including QB Lenorris Footman and Turner, and graduate just three starters on defense.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:38
37-A.Conteh extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
20
Touchdown 3:38
4-M.Carter runs 31 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
71
yds
01:43
pos
26
20
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:40
37-A.Conteh extra point is no good. blocked by 50-R.Bell. 50-R.Bell to ALCST 7 for no gain.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 7:40
1-D.Kincade complete to 4-M.Carter. 4-M.Carter to ALCST 2 FUMBLES (32-S.Garner). 8-D.Leake runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
62
yds
1:19
pos
20
20
Field Goal 9:52
16-H.McCraney 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
13
yds
03:08
pos
14
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:06
37-A.Conteh extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 8:06
6-L.Brooks runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
79
yds
03:01
pos
13
17
Point After TD 12:47
37-A.Conteh extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 12:47
1-D.Kincade complete to 2-V.Hunter. 2-V.Hunter runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
25
yds
01:57
pos
6
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:44
16-H.McCraney extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 10:44
8-D.Turner runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
69
yds
00:12
pos
0
16
Field Goal 12:01
16-H.McCraney 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
-35
yds
02:59
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:12
16-H.McCraney extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 6:12
17-L.Footman runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
84
yds
01:18
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 21
Rushing 9 8
Passing 9 9
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 3-10 5-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 457 477
Total Plays 58 67
Avg Gain 7.9 7.1
Net Yards Rushing 187 189
Rush Attempts 36 45
Avg Rush Yards 5.2 4.2
Net Yards Passing 270 288
Comp. - Att. 15-22 14-22
Yards Per Pass 12.3 13.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 7-35 4-31
Penalties - Yards 10-95 15-122
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-32.0 4-37.0
Return Yards 146 77
Punts - Returns 1-4 1-1
Kickoffs - Returns 4-142 5-76
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 4/5
Extra Points 3/4 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Grambling 10-1 00141327
Alcorn State 5-6 7100320
270 PASS YDS 288
187 RUSH YDS 189
457 TOTAL YDS 477
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Kincade 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 235 2 0 187.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 2868 30 3 173.4
D. Kincade 15/22 235 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Carter 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 136 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
104 782 9
M. Carter 14 136 1 35
J. Kelly 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 67 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
140 808 8
J. Kelly 6 67 0 43
L. Brooks 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 283 2
L. Brooks 5 1 1 3
D. Kincade 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 -17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 254 4
D. Kincade 11 -17 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Williams 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 103 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
86 1294 10
C. Williams 6 103 0 37
M. Carter 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 353 3
M. Carter 5 66 0 29
V. Hunter 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 60 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 537 7
V. Hunter 2 60 1 31
D. Leake 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 518 6
D. Leake 1 5 1 3
J. Kelly 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 77 0
J. Kelly 1 3 0 3
D. Lindsey 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 192 2
D. Lindsey 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Reese 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Reese 1-0 1.0 0
A. Cooper 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Cooper 1-0 1.0 0
B. Winston 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Winston 1-0 1.0 0
D. Christmas 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Christmas 1-0 1.0 0
J. Jackson 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Jackson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Conteh 37 CB
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/4
SEASON FG XP
0/0 3/4
A. Conteh 0/0 0 3/4 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Wallace 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 35.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
57 35.9 1
J. Wallace 5 35.8 1 39
D. Dixon 30 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 13.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 13.0 0
D. Dixon 1 13.0 0 13
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Carter 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 35.5 73 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 23.6 73 1
M. Carter 4 35.5 73 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Carter 4 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 9.1 4 0
M. Carter 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Footman 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 257 0 1 152.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.5% 1128 6 6 127.8
L. Footman 14/22 257 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Turner 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 126 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 760 5
D. Turner 16 126 1 69
A. Baker 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 359 1
A. Baker 5 32 0 13
S. Spearman 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 256 1
S. Spearman 6 20 0 11
L. Footman 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 11 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 377 7
L. Footman 18 11 1 15
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Veals 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 86 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 603 7
N. Veals 4 86 0 35
D. Turner 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 146 0
D. Turner 1 57 0 57
J. Walker 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 144 0
J. Walker 2 48 0 35
C. Moore 19 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 397 2
C. Moore 4 45 0 17
T. Johnson Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 156 1
T. Johnson Jr. 2 12 0 9
L. Davis 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 199 3
L. Davis 1 9 0 9
M. Ajumobi 86 OL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
M. Ajumobi 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Garner 32 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
S. Garner 2-0 1.0 0
M. Hurns 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
M. Hurns 2-0 2.0 0
D. Anderson 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Anderson 1-0 1.0 0
R. Bell 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
R. Bell 1-1 1.5 0
E. Foster 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
E. Foster 1-0 1.0 0
O. O'Neal 03 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
O. O'Neal 1-0 0.0 0
M. Brooks Jr. 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
M. Brooks Jr. 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. McCraney 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
5/10 30/35
H. McCraney 2/3 41 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. McCraney 16 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 39.1 1
H. McCraney 4 37.0 1 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Walker 84 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 13.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 13.0 24 0
J. Walker 3 13.0 24 0
T. Johnson Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.5 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 18.6 22 0
T. Johnson Jr. 2 18.5 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Moore 19 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 2.4 1 0
C. Moore 1 1.0 1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:21 GRAM 18 2:11 5 66
6:05 GRAM 17 2:00 6 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:56 GRAM 24 0:44 4 -4
10:36 GRAM 32 1:31 4 7 Punt
4:59 GRAM 20 1:06 3 2 Punt
0:23 GRAM 23 0:16 4 63
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 ALCORN 25 1:57 4 25 TD
11:07 GRAM 31 3:01 8 69 TD
4:13 GRAM 38 3:43 8 28
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ALCORN 33 1:51 5 -12 Punt
9:46 GRAM 38 2:21 7 62 TD
5:21 GRAM 29 1:43 4 71 TD
3:04 GRAM 48 1:38 6 7 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 ALCORN 16 5:23 9 34 Punt
7:30 ALCORN 16 1:18 4 84 TD
3:56 ALCORN 25 3:38 9 45
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GRAM 30 2:59 6 -35 FG
10:56 ALCORN 31 0:12 1 69 TD
8:52 ALCORN 11 3:44 8 42 Punt
3:42 ALCORN 44 3:14 8 33 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:38 ALCORN 43 1:23 4 -12 Punt
8:00 ALCORN 33 3:40 9 4 FUMBLE
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 ALCORN 27 3:08 8 44 FG
7:19 ALCORN 49 1:50 3 -15 Punt
3:34 ALCORN 33 0:24 2 -19 INT
1:18 ALCORN 12 1:10 5 55