Tigers drop home finale

Grambling State fell behind early and never recovered as the Tigers fell 31-14 to Bethune-Cookman Saturday afternoon at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

Bethune-Cookman (2-8 overall, 2-5 SWAC) capitalized on a GSU turnover and went 53 yards in four plays as Jimmie Robinson III scored on a 3-yard run, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 4:34 left in the opening quarter.

BCU added to the lead with 17 seconds left in the first quarter as Robinson scored the second of his three touchdowns on the day, a 2-yard run, as the Wildcats extended the margin to 14-0.

“We just can’t fall behind early, which we’ve done most of the season,” said Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs. “We’ve got to learn to get a fast start and we just haven’t done that. Bethune-Cookman is a very-well coached football team and they came out today and had a good game plan.”

The Wildcats got a 32-yard field goal by Dylan Moghaddam with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter, capping a 13-play, 61-yard drive as BCU pushed the lead to 17-0.

Grambling State (3-7, 2-5) got on the board on its next offensive possession as the Tigers marched 72 yards in 10 plays, with John-Paul Pierce connected with Dorrell James for a 14-yard touchdown, trimming the deficit to 17-7 with 5:01 remaining in the first half.

The Wildcats answered right before the half as Robinson added a 2-yard touchdown scamper to extend the advantage to 24-7.

The Tigers took advantage of a BCU turnover, going 40 yards in five plays as Tony Forrest Jr. caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Pierce, closing the gap to 24-14 with 11:17 remaining.

However, the Wildcats put the game away with 5:46 left as Laderrien Wilson scored on a 30-yard touchdown, giving Bethune-Cookman the 31-14 lead.

John-Paul Pierce went 12 of 28 passing for 102 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions while CJ Russell led the ground game with 16 carries for 61 yards.

Bethune-Cookman has now won three straight over the Tigers, including two consecutive games at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium

Grambling State concludes the season after a week off with the 48th Annual Bayou Classic against rival Southern inside the Caesars Superdome. Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 27 is set for 4 p.m.

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