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NEW  ORLEANS, La. - Devante Kincade threw for 283 yards and a score -- on 24-of-33 passing -- and rushed for 56 yards and a score as Grambling State punched its ticket to Houston with a 52-30 win over Southern in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.bayou classic logo2012

With the win, the Tigers (9-1, 9-0 SWAC) win the SWAC Western Division and complete a second-straight perfect regular season of conference play.

The contest began as if it had the makings of a shootout, with both sides scoring touchdowns early. Austin Howard hit Willie Quinn from 18 yards out to draw first blood for the Jaguars, and Grambling answered with a six-play drive that concluded with a Martez Carter 11-yard touchdown run. Southern appeared as if it would strike again, but Austin Howard lost control of the ball while diving for the end zone, and the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback. This ultimately served as the catalyst for 17 unanswered points by Grambling.

Grambling took the lead on a 32-yard pass from wideout Chad Williams to Verlan Hunter in the closing moments of the first quarter. After GSU pushed its lead to 17-6 in the second quarter, Southern (8-3, 8-1 SWAC) got within one score thanks to an 85-yard run by Lenard Tillery.

The third quarter was the difference, as GSU outscored SU 21-7. Kincade ran for a 45-yard score, Carter scored on a 66-yard run, and Lyndemian Brooks ran it in from 34 yards out, all but putting the game away. Grambling tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter to seal it, rolling up 571 total yards of offense.

Carter accounted for 279 total yards (118 rush) and three scores, including an 88-yard kick return score. Williams hauled in 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Tillery accounted for 269 yards  of offense (234 rush) and two scores in his final collegiate game. Quinn caught six passes for 60 yards.

~ SWAC.org

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