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Southern falls to Grambling 52-30 in Bayou Classic

Lenard Tillery scores on an 85-yard run. (Source: WAFB) Lenard Tillery scores on an 85-yard run. (Source: WAFB)
NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

Southern (8-3, 8-1) could not stop Grambling (10-1, 9-0), as the Tigers claimed a 52-30 victory in the 43rd annual Bayou Classic game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Jaguar running back Lenard Tillery rushed for 234 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run in the loss. Quarterback Austin Howard threw three touchdown passes, but turned the ball over twice. One was a fumble as he dove toward the goal line. The ball rolled out of the end zone. The second turnover was an interception, which eventually led to a Grambling touchdown.

Grambling running back Martez Carter scored three touchdowns, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He finished with 279 all-purpose yards in the game. Quarterback DeVante Kincade threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score.

The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense.

The win gives Grambling the lead 22 to 21 in the series. It also means the Tigers are the SWAC West Division champs, so they'll face Alcorn State in Houston next Saturday for the SWAC title.

SCORING PLAYS:

Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw to wide receiver Willie Quinn for an 18-yard touchdown. PAT was no good. (SU 6, GSU 0 - 1st Qtr)

Grambling running back Martez Carter rushed 11 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 6, GSU 7 - 1st Qtr)

Grambling wide receiver Chad Williams threw to wide receiver Verlan Hunter for a 32-yard touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 6, GSU 14 - 1st Qtr)

Grambling kicker Jonathan Wallace made a 25-yard field goal. (SU 6, GSU 17 - 2nd Qtr)

Southern running back Lenard Tillery rushed 85 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 13, GSU 17 - 2nd Qtr)

Grambling quarterback DeVante Kincade rushed 45 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 13, GSU 24 - 3rd Qtr)

Grambling running back Martez Carter rushed 66 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 13, GSU 31 - 3rd Qtr)

Grambling wide receiver Lyndemian Brooks rushed 34 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 13, GSU 38 - 3rd Qtr)

Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw to running back Lenard Tillery for a 14-yard touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 20, GSU 38 - 3rd Qtr)

Grambling quarterback DeVante Kincade threw to wide receiver Chad Williams for a 7-yard touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 20, GSU 45 - 4th Qtr)

Southern kicker Ruan Albuquerque made a 32-yard field goal. (SU 23, GSU 45 - 4th Qtr)

Grambling running back Martez Carter returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 23, GSU 52 - 4th Qtr)

Southern quarterback Austin Howard threw to wide receiver Stacy Piro for a 7-yard touchdown. PAT was good. (SU 30, GSU 52 - 4th Qtr)

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