Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 Bayou Classic: Grambling's 'dominant' offensive performance sinks Southern, 52-30

NEW ORLEANS -- Grambling went into Saturday's 43rd annual Bayou Classic with the reputation as the best offense in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and it did everything it needed to to live up to that title.

The Tigers clinched a spot in next week's SWAC title game against two-time defending conference champion Alcorn State by racking up 571 yards of total offense on the way to a 52-30 win over Southern. But what made their performance so special was how they went about doing it.

Grambling came in with the reputation as an explosive passing offense, but it took over Saturday's game by pounding Southern's defense with the running game and it eventually paid off in the second half.

"We did a really good job of running the football," said Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs. "We saw some things from the way they were lining up in the first half and we were able to take advantage of it. We did a good job of running the football with (running backs) Martez Carter and Jestin Kelly and all those guys did an exceptional job of getting the ball into the endzone.

"We have a lot of exceptional athletes and they were on display tonight."


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