GSU, Alcorn State Gamer

Courtesy of GSU Athletics

LORMAN, Miss. — The Grambling State University football team nearly rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit, but the Tigers came up just short in falling to Alcorn State, 24-20, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday afternoon at Jack Spinks Stadium.

“Hats off to a very good Alcorn State football team. I am proud of our guys for competing and fighting hard. We had some key mistakes we made late in the game and you can’t make those against good teams and expect to win. I felt offensively we struggled at times and our defense did a good job keeping us in the game and giving us an opportunity to win the football game.”

Alcorn State (3-2 overall, 2-0 SWAC) took the opening the kickoff and went 75 yards in just four plays as Felix Harper hit LeCharles Pringle in stride for a 45-yard touchdown strike, giving the Braves the 7-0 lead with 13:26 remaining in the first quarter.

Grambling State (2-4, 1-2) closed the gap on its first offensive series as the Tigers marched 47 yards in seven plays as Garrett Urban booted a season-long and career-long 45-yard field goal to trim the deficit to 7-3 with 10:57 left in the quarter.

The Braves took advantage of a blocked punt and excellent field position as Harper rushed 14 yards up the middle and into the endzone, extending Alcorn State’s lead to 14-3 with 6:43 remaining in the opening frame.

Alcorn State’s defense forced a Tiger punt and the Braves’ offense went to work. ASU went 72 yards in seven plays, taking 2:49 off the clock. Pringle caught his second touchdown pass, this time a 13-yard strike from Harper, as the Braves increased the advantage to 21-3 with 13:48 left in the first half.

Grambling State took advantage of a personal foul penalty and went 35 yards in five plays as Urban booted his second field goal of the day – a 39-yarder – as the Tigers closed the gap to 21-6 with 5:17 remaining.

Alcorn State continued to add to the lead with 4:55 left in the third as Noah Kiani kicked a 23-yard field, which gave the Braves a 24-6 lead.

Grambling State answered and closed the gap on its next drive as the Tigers went 70 yards in six plays as Noah Bodden connected with Darryl Clark for a 20-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 24-13 with 1:24 remaining in the third.

The Tigers continued to rally and turned an Alcorn State turnover into seven points on their next drive.

Aldon Clark’s 20-yard touchdown pass to right corner was caught by Greg White as Grambling State trimmed the margin to 24-20 with 14:18 left.

The Tigers had opportunities over the final 10 minutes, but could not get over the hump as turnovers plagued Grambling State in the rally attempt.

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