By Curtis Ford, Grambling State Assistant AD for Athletic Communications; featured photo by Marcus Plummer
DALLAS — For the first time since 2017, Grambling State can lay claim to a victory over Prairie View A&M in State Fair Classic. GSU sailed past PVAMU 35-20 on Saturday night at the Cotton Bowl.
The win improved Grambling State to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Prairie View A&M dropped to 2-3 and 2-1 in conference.
Myles Crawley continued to show why he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the SWAC, throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-40 passing. He connected with eight different receivers in the win.
The Grambling rushing attack was strong once again, running for over 200 yards against a SWAC opponent for the second week in a row. Floyd Chalk was the leading rusher for the Tigers, gaining 84 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Chance Williams was also strong for GSU, carrying the ball 16 times for 75 yards and a TD.
As a team, GSU gained 451 total yards.
Defensively, Lewis Matthews and Javon Carter made life hard for the Panthers.
Matthews made a game-high nine tackles, while Carter made eight stops with two sacks. The G-Men defense also recorded a season-high four sacks.
Tanner Rinker accounted for all of Grambling State scoring in the first quarter, nailing a pair of field goals of 28 and 32 yards. The Tigers trailed PVAMU 7-6 heading into the second quarter.
With the Panthers leading 10-9, Grambling State took over at its own 48-yard line with 6:38 to go in the half. The Tigers marched the ball down to the PVAMU 12-yard line. Crawley found Lyndon Rash in the right side of the of the end zone. Rinker added the PAT, giving GSU a 16-10 lead with 1:18 remaining in the half.
Prairie View A&M moved quickly moved the ball to the GSU 5-yard line on the ensuing drive, but Carlos Vallagomez missed a 22-yard field goal attempt wide-left, keeping the Tigers in front heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, PVAMU’s Villagomez trimmed GSU’s lead to 16-13 on a 42-yard field goal with 6:18 to go in the period. Crawley saddled up and led Grambling on an 11-play, 87-yard drive that ran 5:02 off the clock. The redshirt-junior gunslinger connected with Rash once again for 6-yard TD pass this time. The 2-point conversion failed, giving the Tigers a 22-13 lead at the 1:06 mark.
Prairie View A&M struck back immediately when Conner Wisham broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run, making it 22-20 GSU with 10 seconds to go in the third.
On GSU’s first drive of the fourth quarter, Crawley continued to dice up the PVAMU secondary, moving into Panther territory with a 30-yard pass to Rash, placing the ball at the Prairie View 28-yard line. Javon Robinson turned a short pass into a 16-yard reception, giving the Tigers a first and 10 at the 11-yard line. Two plays later, Chance Williams ran into the end zone for a 4-yard TD, stretching the lead to 29-20 with 12:44 remaining.
Cedric Anderson notched his team-leading second interception of the year, picking off a pass with 8:12 to play.
Floyd Chalk put the game away for good with a 3-yard touchdown gallop with 39 seconds left.
Prairie View A&M was led by starting QB Trazon Connley who completed 11-of-23 passes for 223 yards and an interception. As a team, PVAMU gained 365 yards of offense.
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- Grambling State gained 451 yards of total offense. GSU ran the ball 39 times for 210 yards.
- GSU picked up 26 first downs.
- Grambling State dominated time of possession, possessing the ball for 37:22 to PVAMU’s 22:38.
- GSU committed 11 penalties for 70 yards.
- Grambling State was 7-of-18 on 3rddowns.
- The Tigers were 3-of-3 on 4th down conversions.
- GSU was perfect inside the red zone, scoring on all six trips.
- Javon Robinson led the Grambling State receiving corps with seven receptions for 64 yards.
- Prairie View A&M registered 15 first downs.
- The Panthers gained 365 yards of offense.
- Tre’Jon Spiller led PVAMU with four catches for 108 yards.
- PVAMU was 3-of-11 on 3rd downs.
Grambling State travels to Lorman, Miss. to take on Alcorn State in a pivotal SWAC match-up on Oct. 7. Kickoff is sched