ITTA BENA, Miss. — Travis Champion threw for two touchdowns and Delta State held off a Mississippi Valley State University’s fourth-quarter rally to win 24-14 in college football Saturday.
Trailing 7-3 in the third quarter, Champion connected with Casey Osborne on a 13-yard pass to give Delta State the lead, and hit Osborne again on a 10-yarder early in the fourth quarter to pull away 17-7.
MSVU (0-2) responded with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Collins to Richard Drake and were threatening to score on an ensuing drive when Collins threw an interception.
Delta State (0-1) mounted a drive on its next possession and Timothy Foy iced the game with a 10-yard touchdown.
The Statesmen were plagued by turnovers: Champion threw two interceptions, a fake kick by Justin Holt was intercepted, and the offense fumbled three times, losing possession once. Champion was 19-of-30 for 225 yards passing.
JACKSON STATE 30, ALABAMA STATE 23: In Jackson, Miss. Clayton Moore scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Jackson State the cushion it needed to defeat Alabama State.
After Moore’s score, Myles Everett returned the kickoff for a touchdown for the Hornets (0-2, 0-1), who failed to convert the 2-point try.
Moore threw a scoring pass to Zachary Pendleton with 21 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers (1-1, 1-0) a 21-17 lead. Pendleton had two TD catches and finished with 177 yards, a career high.
Alabama State’s Isaiah Crowell scored on a career-long 83-yard run in the first half and went over 1,000 yards for his career. He finished with 179 Saturday.
TUSKEGEE 23, ALABAMA A&M 7: In Huntsville, Ala., quarterback Justin Nared was 11 of 18 for 206 yards and threw three touchdowns to lead Tuskegee over Alabama A&M.
Tuskegee scored 17 points in the first half and its defense shut down the Bulldog’s offense, limiting them to a single touchdown in the third quarter. Nared connected on a 56-yard pass to Marquel Gardner at the start of the fourth quarter to seal the win in Tuskegee’s season opener.
Tuskegee hasn’t beaten Alabama A&M since 2008 in a rivalry that dates back to 1932.
Alabama A&M’s sole touchdown came on a 2-yard TD run by Barrington Scott.
TEXAS STATE 28, PRAIRIE VIEW 3: In San Marcos, Texas, Chris Nutall ran for two touchdowns, and Texas State defeated Prairie View.
Nutall ran off right end for a 4-yard score in the first quarter and the Bobcats (2-0) never looked back. They amassed 242 yards rushing in their home-opener compared with 45 for the Panthers (1-1). Texas State also had the ball more than 16 minutes longer than Prairie View.
Nutall scored again in the second quarter on a 77-yard run to widen the lead to 21-0.
Robert Lowe scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Terrence Franks scored on an 8-yard run in the third for the Bobcats.
Prairie View had more yards passing than Texas State, 182 to 166, but couldn’t find the end zone. The Panthers’ only score came on a 47-yard field goal by Christopher Barrick.