Saturday, December 3, 2016
HOUSTON, Texas -- Grambling State was the dominant team in the SWAC all season, and continued its mastery on Saturday. At least in the second half. And the Tigers also needed a little good luck to pull off an improbable comeback.
The Tigers spotted Alcorn State 17 first-half points and came roaring back for a 27-20 win over the Braves on Saturday in the Toyota SWAC football championship game before a crowd of 24,917 at NRG Stadium.
The first half belonged to Alcorn, whose two-year reign as conference champions ended. The second half was all Grambling, which avenged last year's title game loss to the Braves.
Grambling tied the game 20-20 on a bizarre play.
Martez Carter caught a short pass from Devante Kincade at the Alcorn 18-yard line and just before Carter was to cross the end zone, Stacey Garner knocked the ball out of Carter's grasp, but Grambling's Dominique Leake was at the right place at the right time. Leake alertly caught the ball and ran in the remaining two yards for the score. But the PAT was blocked and the game remained tied with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.