A big second-half lifted Grambling State to a 27-20 victory over defending champion Alcorn State in the 2016 Toyota SWAC Football Championship Game.
This marks the seventh championship game win for the Tigers, and the first for GSU coach Broderick Fobbs.
Alcorn State (5-6, 5-4 SWAC) stretched the lead to 20-14 early on in the fourth quarter, but Grambling tied it on a wild play where Carter took a pass from Kincade but fumbled right before crossing the plane, only for the ball to be grabbed by Dominique Leake and taken in the end zone. The ensuing PAT was blocked, but Carter’s late score was the difference.
Carter rushed for 136 yards on 14 tries, adding in 66 receiving yards and 142 return yards. Kincade was 15-22 for 237 yards and two scores. Chad Williams hauled in six grabs for 103 yards.
Turner rushed for 126 yards, and Lenorris Footman was 14-24 for 259 yards and an interception.
Defensively, Grambling State was led by De’Arius Christmas, who picked up 12 tackles and a sack in winning the defensive MVP award. Darien Anderson was the high man for the Braves with 11 stops and a sack. Alcorn State tied the championship-game record for most sacks with eight.