Cyrus began a string of 28 straight first-half points for Alabama State (2-2, 2-1 SWAC) with a 5-yard score. A 28-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Duhart to Everett Miles, a short touchdown run by Crowell and a 19-yard interception return for a score by Daer Washington gave the Hornets a 28-7 halftime lead.
Grambling State (0-4, 0-2) cut it to 28-21 in the third with two touchdown passes from D.J. Williams to Anthony McGhee. The Hornets responded the following possession with a Cyrus 26-yard touchdown run and pulled away in the fourth with two more touchdown runs, including a 28-yarder by Crowell. Crowell tallied 129 yards on 14 carries.
Chester Rogers had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown for Grambling State.