|Martez Carter returns a kickoff for a touchdown, one of two he had during the game. Carter also caught a TD pass and rushed for another score. (photo by Steve Hamm/Dallas Morning News)|
Defense was no issue in the State Farm Classic in Dallas Saturday. It just didn't exist.
Grambling (2-2, 2-0 SWAC) and Prairie View (2-2, 2-1 SWAC), two teams who have struggled with stopping opposing offenses so far this season, remained on that same script as both teams combined for more than 1,300 yards of offense.
In the end, Grambling broke their single-game scoring record in defeating Prairie View 70-54.
"There were a lot of negatives," Grambling head coach Broaderick Fobbs said, according to the Grambling State athletic web site. "When you look at the score, we've just got to play better. In order for us to be where we want to be in the end, we've got to play better."
It's difficult for his offense to look better than they did.
Quarterback Johnathan Williams completed 20-of-33 passes for 429 yards and six touchdowns. including two each to receivers Chad Williams and Chester Rogers. Williams also added a rushing touchdown.
Martez Carter also caught one of Williams' TD tosses, but he lit up the night with two kickoff returns for touchdowns - one for 88 yards in the first half and another for 100 yards late in the game. Carter also added a rushing TD.
Still, Fobbs was not super happy after the win.
That was because Prairie View had an offensive field day themselves as their 580 yards of total offense was 14 more than Grambling. Trey Green threw for 414 yards and four teouchdowns and DeAnuntre Smiley rushed for two TDs and threw another. Running back Johnta Hebert rushed for 83 yards and caught nine passes for 74 yards.
"I tell you, it's probably the ugliest football game we've played," he told The Dallas Morning News. "It felt like we lost the game, but we're fortunate to get out of here with a victory."
Grambling visits Jackson State next week while Prairie View will have a much easier time next week when they take on University of Faith.
Here is a rundown of all the other HBCU action from Saturday:
Norfolk State 24, Hampton 14 - Greg Hankerson threw a TD and Quintrell Chung rushed for another during a third quarter surge that gave Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0 MEAC) their first win of the season. Hampton's (2-2, 1-1 MEAC) David Waterford threw for a TD had three interceptions.
Bethune-Cookman 42, Savannah State 12 - Bethune-Cookman (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense in defeating Savannah State (0-4, 0-1 MEAC). Quentin Williams threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.
Morgan State 21, Howard 13 - Moses Skillon threw for 211 yards and two TDs as well as rushing for 64 yards to lead Morgan State (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) win over struggling Howard (0-4, 0-1 MEAC). Howard was led by Donnel Pleasant who rushed for 90 yards. Howard's only touchdown came on Craig Johnson's 27 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Kentucky State 21, Central State 17 - Alex Springs' 13-yard touchdown pass to Corey Slaughter with a little more than five minutes remaining lifted Kentucky State (1-3, 1-0 SIAC) to their first win of the season. Central State (2-2, 2-1 SIAC) doubled-up KSU offensively, but couldn't get into the end zone in the second half.
Miles 13, Morehouse 10 - Miles (1-3, 1-0 SIAC) opened their conference schedule with a strong defensive effort against a good offensive Morehouse (2-2, 0-1 SIAC) team. Lane controlled the game with a solid rushing effort and kept Morehouse to just 107 yards passing on the day. Two late Morehouse turnovers that could have lifted them to a win twarted the Maroon Tigers. Lane's Brayon Jones had 11 tackles and 4.5 sacks. James Woods had 15 tackles for Morehouse with Christopher Mambie adding 11.
Delta State 40, Albany State 0 - Delta State's Tyler Sullivan ran for a touchdown and passed for another as DSU remained undefeated. Nick Scott and Zavondric Shing combined for 24 tackles to lead the Albany State (1-3).
Tuskegee 41, Lane 14 - Kevin Lacey threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Tuskegee (4-0, 1-0 SIAC) remains undefeated. Lane (1-3, 0-1 SIAC) kept it close early before surrendering 28 second half points. Marcus Reynolds threw two TDs for Lane.
West Georgia 56, Clark Atlanta 0 - CAU struggled to get 100 yards of offense by a West Georgia team that used a balanced offense to easily defeat the Panthers.
Fort Valley State 44, Benedict 3 - Fort Valley State (3-1, 3-0 SIAC) stayed undefeated in the conference by keeping a struggling Benedict (0-4, 0-1 SIAC) offense off track. Benedict only had five yards passing.
Georgia 48. Southern 6 - Southern (2-2) was no match for SEC powerhouse Georgia. Nick Chubb rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Lenard Tillery rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars.
Alabama A&M 28, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 9 - Alabama A&M (1-2, 1-1 SWAC) got their first win of the season by scoring 29 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to erase and early 9-0 UAPB (1-3, 0-2 SWAC) lead. A&M's DeAngelo Ballard threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns while Harvey Harris rushed for 131 yards.
Alcorn State 47, Concordia 7 - Ragsdale Darry rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown and John Gibbs Jr. threw for two scores to leave Alcorn State (3-1, 2-0 SWAC) to an easy win. The Alcorn State defense only gave up 10 yards rushing the entire game.
Alabama State 45, Mississippi Valley State 15 - Ellis Richardson rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead ASU (1-3, 1-2 SWAC) to an easy win.
Jackson State 34, Texas Southern 30 - La Montiez Ivey threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns as Jackson State (1-3, 1-1 SWAC) held off TSU (2-2, 1-2 SWAC). Devi Fosselman and Dan Williams each had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Winston-Salem State 17, Elizabeth City State 10 - Winston-Salem State (1-3, 1-1 CIAA) forced four second half punts and picked off a pass to shut down Elizabeth City State (2-1, 0-1 CIAA) to get their first win of the season. WSSU's Rahard Copper threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Fayetteville State 33, Virginia State 20 - Derek Bryant threw for 430 yards and four touchdowns to lead Fayetteville State (1-3, 1-0 CIAA) over Virginia State (2-2, 0-1 CIAA). Tavon Gatlin and Chris Hubert each had more than 180 yards receiving and two TD catches.
Virginia Union 33, Johnson C. Smith 3 - Shawkeem Dowdy threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia Union (3-1, 1-0 CIAA) to the win. Johnson C. Smith (1-3, 0-1 CIAA) had -25 yards rushing.
Chowan 49, St. Augustine's 0 - Chowan (3-1, 1-0 CIAA) had an easy time with St. Aug's (0-4, 0-1 CIAA) as Tyree Lee rumbled for 233 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and caught another TD. Randall Dixon threw for three scores.
Lincoln (Pa) 20, Shaw 10 - Despite ten late Shaw (0-4, 0-1 CIAA) points, Lincoln (Pa) (3-1, 1-0 CIAA) grinded out a win. Stephen Scott rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown to lead Lincoln (Pa).
Bowie State 45, Livingstone 17 - Matthew Coggans threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bowie State (3-1, 1-0 CIAA) to the win. Drew Powell threw for 224 yards and rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown for Livingstone.
Charleston 34, West Virginia State 13 -
Langston 32, McMurry 29 -
Truman State 31, Lincoln (Mo) 14 -
Kutztown 34, Cheyney 0 -