Southern holds off Grambling to win Bayou Classic

New Orleans, LA ( – There was talk in the offseason of
switching the Bayou Classic matchup, but fans will be clamoring for more of the
same after Southern’s 52-45 thriller over Grambling State on Saturday at the
Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern denied Grambling’s Jonathan Williams on a quarterback sneak just
inches from the Jaguars’ goal line on the game’s final play. Running Jestin
Kelly tried to push Williams forward, but four defenders pushed back.

It brought an end to a wild game that sent Southern (9-3, 8-1) to the
Southwestern Athletic Conference’s West Division and back to the conference
championship game next Saturday in Houston against Alcorn State. Grambling
(7-5, 7-2) finished second in the West Division after its second straight

Southern’s Lenard Tillery rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 27
carries, while freshman quarterback Austin Howard passed for 258 yards and
three touchdowns. The Jaguars never trailed in the game and had much as a 21-
point lead.

Williams was masterful for Grambling with 500 yards of total offense. He was
33-for-64 for 450 yards and four touchdowns with one interception, and rushed
for 50 yards on 20 carries.

Chester Rogers caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown, while Verlon
Hunter had 12 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jaguars have a 32-30 overall series lead and went ahead 21-20 in the Bayou