KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Morris Henderson hurt Grambling State as a rusher, receiver and returner, producing 325 all-purpose yards as Lincoln defeated Grambling State 47-34 on Saturday night in the Missouri Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.
Lincoln (1-1) earned its first victory of the season, topping Grambling (0-3) in the second-ever meeting between the two schools. It was the first game for Grambling interim head coach George Ragsdale.
Lincoln jumped to an early 16-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks in part to a 41-yard touchdown run by Henderson and a 51-yard run for a score from Percy Turner.
Henderson’s 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter gave Lincoln a double-digit lead.
Henderson rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught three passes for 74 yards.
Jestin Kelly had 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead Grambling State.
ALCORN STATE 35, MVSU 28: In Lorman , Miss., Arnold Walker rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, leading Alcorn State to a comeback win.
Down 21-13 in the fourth quarter, Alcorn State’s (2-1, 1-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) Terrence Green recovered a fumble at the MVSU 17-yard line. Walker carried three straight times for a touchdown and John Gibbs, Jr. connected with Tavoris Doss on a two-point conversion.
The Braves recovered an onside kick, sparking a Gibbs’ 22-yard touchdown pass to LaDarrien Davis, putting the Braves up 28-21. During their next offensive series, the Braves rode Walker’s back four straight times, concluded with his 26-yard touchdown run.
Walker had 18 carries for 118 yards, cracking Alcorn State’s top 10 for career rushing leaders.
Patrick Ivy led Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-1) with three touchdown passes and 83 yards rushing.
Alabama State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39: In Pine Bluff, Ark., Isaiah Crowell ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns and keyed a fourth-quarter comeback by Alabama State.
Alabama State (1-2, 1-1) turned to last week’s SWAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week early and often. Even on runs that Pine Bluff anticipated, Crowell patiently found lanes to make consistent gains.
Malcolm Cyrus was an effective complement to Crowell in backfield, adding 89 yards and a touchdown.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3, 0-1) led by 9 in the fourth quarter but could not overcome special teams miscues. The Golden Lions had two missed extra points, a missed field goal, and a botched punt snap deep in its own territory that put the Hornets in great position to score their go-ahead touchdown.
As pre-season favorites in the SWAC to win their respective divisions, both schools went into the game urgently seeking their first win.
Sam Houston State 55, Texas Southern 17: In Huntsville, Texas, Timothy Flanders ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns for Sam Houston State.
The Bearkats (2-1) pulled ahead in the second quarter, taking advantage of three recovered fumbles and scoring on their final four possessions of the half. Both of Flanders’ scores followed Texas Southern turnovers and put the Bearkats ahead 27-3.
Brian Bell finished 9-of-17 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He also ran for 32 yards and a score.
Daveonn Porter rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries for Texas Southern (0-2), including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Shane Young had 51 yards receiving, including a 5-yard touchdown and Richard Sincere added 3 catches for 53 yards for the Bearkats.
Keshawn Hill ran seven times for 65 yards and a score for Sam Houston State, which finished with 326 rushing yards.
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