GRAMBLING — Clayton Moore was 12-of-18 passing for 257 yards and two scores and the Jackson State defense held Grambling State to five yards rushing in a 53-17 win Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.
Moore helped Jackson State (5-4, 5-2) jump to a 32-3 halftime lead with scoring passes of 21 and 19 yards to Michael Perkins and Rico Richardson, respectively. Richardson finished with 115 yards on five catches.
Jackson State’s Ryan Griffin returned an interception 58 yards for a score in the second quarter.
Grambling State’s 27 rushing attempts yielded just five yards for 0.19 yards per carry.
Grambling State (1-8, 0-7) had topped Jackson State in each of the teams’ past five meetings.
Grambling State scored its first touchdown late in the third when Edward Patterson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score. The Tigers’ other touchdown was a fumble recovered in the end zone by Phillip McClain.
UAPB 49, Texas Southern 3: In Houston, Benjamin Anderson threw for four touchdowns, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff returned two interceptions for scores in a victory over Texas Southern.
Anderson was 12 of 21 for 265 yards and an interception for the Golden Lions (7-2, 6-1 Southwestern Athletic). Ladarius Eckwood caught two of the touchdown tosses and finished with 107 yards on four receptions.
The Tigers (2-7, 2-5) were held to 135 yards of offense. In the third quarter, linebacker Bill Ross intercepted Justice Jones’ pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. Later in the quarter, safety Ryan Shaw had a 47-yard interception return to make the score 42-3.
Alabama St. 35, Prairie View 21: In Prairie View, Texas, Daniel Duhart threw a pair of touchdown passes and Alabama State came back to beat Prairie View A&M.
With the Hornets trailing 14-0 after the first quarter, Duhart found T.C. McWilliams for a 13-yard TD and Justin Robinson for a 12-yard score. The second TD came with 1:36 left in the half, and Alabama State (6-3, 6-2 SWAC) used a pair of interceptions to get two field goals before intermission.
The Panthers (3-6, 3-4) took the lead again at 21-20 on Courtney Brown’s second touchdown of the game, on a 7-yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke. But Malcolm Cyrus and Rodney Cross each ran for a score for the Hornets in the fourth quarter.
Prairie View saw a three-game winning streak end in its final home game of the season. The Panthers have two road games remaining.