HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Johnathan Williams passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Grambling to a 38-28 victory over Alabama A&M on Saturday.
Martez Carter returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers (3-3, 3-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a 31-22 lead in the fourth quarter and Williams added a 6-yard touchdown pass to Verlon Hunter.
Williams finished 23-of-37 passing for 291 yards with an interception. He led the Tigers with 62 yards rushing. His other scoring pass went 13 yards to Chester Rogers for a 24-16 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Jestin Kelly ran 2 yards for the game’s first score, and Grambling never trailed.
Jaymason Lee threw a touchdown pass and two interceptions for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2) in their home opener. Harvey Harris ran for two scores and Brandon Eldemire one.
Montaurius Smith had 131 yards receiving and a touchdown.
MCNEESE ST 45, NICHOLLS STATE 3: In Lake Charles, quarterback Daniel Sams ran for 135 yards and threw two touchdown passes, helping McNeese State win its Southland Conference opener with a rout of Nicholls State.
Ryan Ross added 94 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown for the Cowboys (3-1, 1-0).
Sams threw a 33-yard strike to Khalil Thomas to open the scoring and later found R.J. Walters for a 2-yard touchdown to make it 31-0 in the third quarter. Kelvin Bennett and Dylan Long also had rushing touchdowns for McNeese State.
Tyler Bolfing split time at quarterback with Sams, going 10 of 15 for 166 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Milton.
Demon Bolt had three receptions for 105 yards and Michael Henry finished with 81 yards rushing for the Colonels (0-6, 0-2). Their lone points came on a 47-yard field goal by Francisco Condado in the third quarter.
ARKANSAS ST. 28, LOUISIANA-MONROE 14: In Jonesboro, Ark., Fredi Knighten ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, powering a big second half in Arkansas State’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
After a scoreless first half for both teams, Arkansas State (3-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) took a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter on Knighten’s touchdown run — a 29-yard keeper. The Red Wolves stopped UL-Monroe (3-2, 2-1) on a four-and-out, and Knighten ran for his third touchdown two plays later.
Knighten finished 21 of 36 for 284 yards and Michael Gordon added 168 yards rushing.
Arkansas State broke the scoreless tie with 8:51 left in the third quarter on Knighten’s 3-yard touchdown run. The Red Wolves scored again on their next possession, a 12-yard touchdown pass from Knighten to Tyler Trosin.
Pete Thomas cut ULM’s deficit to 14-7 on a 59-yard touchdown pass to Ajalen Holley with 12:21 to play.
LOUISIANA TECH 55, UTEP 3: In Ruston, Cody Sokol threw for three touchdowns and ran in a fourth to lead Louisiana Tech over UTEP.
Louisiana Tech (3-3, 2-0 Conference USA) converted four UTEP turnovers into touchdowns, with Xavier Woods picking off two passes in the second quarter and the defense recovering two forced fumbles in the third. Le’Vander Liggins returned a blocked field goal 54 yards for a TD as well and the Bulldogs scored on all but four of their 12 drives in the game.
Sokol finished with 173 yards on 6-for-16 passing with an interception, and Carlos Henderson hauled in two catches for 100 yards, including a 69-yard TD strike. Hunter Lee and Marcus Gaines both caught touchdown passes, and Kenneth Dixon punched in a TD from the 4.
Jay Mattox kicked a 36-yard field goal just before the half to give UTEP (2-3, 0-1) its only points.