Scores

Final

Grambling St 33

(1-10, 0-9 SWAC)

Southern 38

(4-7, 3-6 SWAC)

Coverage: NBC

2:30 PM ET, November 24, 2012

MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS, LA

1 2 3 4 T
GRAM 14 3 3 1333
SOU 7 14 7 1038

Top Performers

Passing: D. Joseph (SOU) - 284 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: S. Nzekwe (SOU) - 25 CAR, 100 YDS

Receiving: J. Hernandez (GRAM) - 11 REC, 161 YDS, 1 TD

Southern U. 38, Grambling St. 33

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Dray Joseph threw for five touchdowns as Southern University overcame an early deficit and held on late to defeat Grambling State 38-33 on Saturday in the Bayou Classic.

Grambling trailed 38-20 early in the fourth quarter but cut into Southern's lead with two touchdowns. The Tigers reached Southern's 41-yard line, but Grambling quarterback Frank Rivers was sacked and fumbled to end the game.

The game marked the end of disappointing seasons for both teams.

Southern (4-7, 3-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) fired coach Stump Mitchell two games into the season and expects to replace interim coach Dawson Odoms. Grambling (1-10, 0-9), the defending league champion, ended the season with one victory for the first time since 1941 -- the school's inaugural year under legendary coach Eddie Robinson.

Grambling took a 14-0 lead, converting a pair of fumbles by Southern into touchdown passes by D.J. Williams.

Joseph finished with 287 yards passing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GRAM
SOU
1st Downs2724
Total Yards402390
Passing348284
Rushing54106
Penalties9-8710-90
3rd Down Conversions9-182-12
4th Down Conversions3-40-1
Turnovers32
Possession30:5229:08

Passing Leaders

Grambling StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams22/462846.231
Southern UniversityC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joseph22/372847.750

Rushing Leaders

Grambling StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Skinner13423.217
Runner6101.706
Southern UniversityCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nzekwe251004.0012
Clayton242.003

Receiving Leaders

Grambling StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hernandez1116114.6134
Mahmud45714.3117
Southern UniversityRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hawkins69916.5328
Doss78011.4127

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGRAMSOU
TD11:35Anthony McGhee 31 Yd Pass From D.J. Williams (Phares Wabo Kick) 70
TD06:22Musa Mahmud 16 Yd Pass From D.J. Williams (Phares Wabo Kick) 140
TD00:28Jerry Joseph 13 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERGRAMSOU
TD09:57Charles Hawkins 17 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill Kick) 1414
TD05:25Charles Hawkins 17 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill Kick) 1421
FG00:00Phares Wabo 22 Yd 1721
THIRD QUARTERGRAMSOU
FG09:05Phares Wabo 25 Yd 2021
TD05:47Charles Hawkins 28 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill Kick) 2028
FOURTH QUARTERGRAMSOU
TD14:53Lee Doss 27 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Matthew Hill Kick) 2035
FG09:08Matthew Hill 42 Yd 2038
TD07:26Jeremy Hernandez 23 Yd Pass From D.J. Williams (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2638
TD01:58Cedric Skinner 2 Yd Run (Phares Wabo Kick) 3338