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TUCSON, Ariz. – Grambling State led the Arizona 21-3 at halftime, but six second half turnovers, four of them in a row in third allowed the Wildcats to rally back, falling 31-21 late Saturday night in Tucson.gsu logo

The victory would have given Grambling and the Southwestern Athletic Conference its first win over a Football Subdivision opponent since the Tigers 1985 win over Oregon State.

GSU (0-1), who lost quarterback DeVante Kincade to injury late in the first half, inserted backup Trevon Cherry who wthrew three interceptions and fumbled the ball away once.

Kincade completed 15 of 19 passes for 193 yards and two scores before leaving with a leg injury with 2:38 to play in the second quarter. Grambling's Chad Williams caught 13 passes for 152 yards,

The Tigers took the opening kickoff and went 81 yards in seven plays, Kincade throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Verlan Hunter.

The Wildcats had Grambling pinned in a third-and-29 situation at the Tigers 17 when Kincade threw short to Martez Carter, who raced down the sideline 49 yards to the 34. Six plays later, Kincade threw 26 yards to Devohn Lindsey for a touchdown that made it 14-0 with 11:55 left in the half.

Dawkins' 42-yard run highlighted a drive to the Grambling 6 but, on fourth-and-1, Wilson was hit in the backfield and fumbled the ball away.

A 70-yard pass from Dawkins to Samajie Grant led to Arizona's only first-half points, Josh Pollock's 31-yard field goal.

Cherry came on to direct another score. Carter 1-yard dive initially was ruled to come up inches short of the goal line. But a video review showed the ball was just over the line for a touchdown that put Grambling State up 21-3 with 16 seconds to play in the half.


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