Southern tops Grambling in Bayou Classic

Southern tops Grambling in Bayou Classic

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Southern University marching band horn section.The Grambling State Tigers defeated the Southern Jaguars 50-35 at Reliant Stadium, November 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/WireImage for AOL) *** Local Caption ***

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Posted on November 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Joseph Dray threw for five touchdowns as Southern University overcame an early deficit and held on late to defeat Grambling State 38-33 on Saturday in the Bayou Classic.

Grambling trailed 38-20 early in the fourth quarter but cut into Southern's lead with two touchdowns. The Tigers reached Southern's 41-yard line, but Grambling quarterback Frank Rivers was sacked and fumbled to end the game.

The game marked the end of disappointing seasons for both teams.

Southern (4-7, 3-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) fired coach Stump Mitchell two games into the season and expects to replace interim coach Dawson Odoms. Grambling (1-10, 0-9), the defending league champion, ended the season with one victory for the first time since 1941 - the school's inaugural year under legendary coach Eddie Robinson.

Grambling took a 14-0 lead, converting a pair of fumbles by Southern into touchdown passes by D.J. Williams.

Dray finished with 287 yards passing.

 

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