It was quite a day for the Tigers of Grambling State. Winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title game is one thing, but coming back in dramatic fashion to take the title certainly added a little oomph to the victory.
Grambling rebounded from a deficit of 17 points at halftime to capture a 27-20 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday. After trailing for most of the ballgame, the Tigers took the lead on a 31-yard touchdown run from wideout Martez Carter. It was Grambling's first SWAC championship since 2011, and the school's 24th conference title overall — most in SWAC history.
The game-winning score happened to be Carter's only touchdown on the day, but it probably should have been his second. That said, the touchdown that tied the game for the Tigers halfway through the fourth quarter is worth watching a couple times.
After making a catch in the open field, Carter's rumble toward the endzone is a sight to behold. However, a hit inside the 5-yard line forced the ball loose, but Grambling WR Dominique Leake proved to be Johnny-on-the-spot. Leake snatched the fumble out of the air and stepped across the goal line for the game-tying score. The PAT attempt would be blocked, keeping the score knotted at 20-20 and setting the scene for Carter's game-winning score a few minutes later.
Carter tallied 136 yards on 14 carries in the win, while quarterback Devante Kincade added 235 yards and two scores through the air.
Grambling moved through the regular-season slate quite swiftly, but a bad start against Alcorn State was almost too much to overcome. Nonetheless, the win means the Tigers have punched a ticket to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Grambling will take on North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).