How Southern, Grambling scored for Nov. 25, 2012

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDGrambling wide receiver Musa Mahmud catches a touchdown pass during first half action of the Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDGrambling wide receiver Musa Mahmud catches a touchdown pass during first half action of the Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

First quarter

Grambling: Anthony McGhee 31 pass from D.J. Williams (Phares Wabo kick) at 11:35. DRIVE: 6 plays, 52 yards, 2:25. KEY PLAYS: Grambling gains possession when David Smith recovers an southern fumble. Cedric Skinner bursts forward for a 7-yard gain on a third-and-1. On the touchdown, McGhee gets behind two SU defenders and catches a beautiful pass from Williams. Grambling 7, Southern 0.

Grambling: Musa Mahmud 16 pass from Williams (Wabo kick) at 6:22. DRIVE: 5-32-2:53. KEY PLAYS: Grambling gains possession when David Smith recovers another SU fumble. Skinner makes a 4-yard gain on a third-and-3. On the touchdown, Mahmud beats SU cornerback Virgil Williams on a simple slant. Grambling 14, Southern 0.

Southern: Jerry Joseph 13 pass from Dray Joseph (Matt Hill kick) at :28. DRIVE: 4-28-1:04. KEY PLAYS: The drive begins after Southern’s Anthony Balancier recovers a Grambling fumble at the 28. After a third-and-9 pass falls incomplete, Grambling draws a 15-yard penalty for a personal foul. On the TD, Dray Joseph hits Jerry Joseph on a throwback pass to the weak side. Jerry Joseph makes one tackler miss at the goal line. Grambling 14, Southern 7.

Second quarter

Southern: Charles Hawkins 17 pass from Dray Joseph (Hill kick) at 9:28. DRIVE: 10-87-3:20. KEY PLAYS: Dray Joseph gets the drive moving with a quarterback sneak on third-and-short. Dray Joseph later hits Hawkins for 17 yards, Bradley Coleman for 13 yards, Lee Doss for 22 yards, and Hawkins again on the TD. Dray Joseph goes 4-for-5 for 69 yards on the possession. Grambling 14, Southern 14.

Southern: Hawkins 17 pass from Dray Joseph (Hill kick) at 5:25. DRIVE: 6-64-2:47. KEY PLAYS: Dray Joseph goes 5-for-5 on the possession, and Southern never faces a third down. The TD comes after Grambling’s Edward Patterson misses a sure interception, tipping the ball in the air instead. Hawkins grabs it, then slips a tackle by Naquan Smith to score. Southern 21, Grambling 14.

Grambling: Wabo 22 field goal at :00. DRIVE: 9-55-2:00. KEY PLAYS: With 10 seconds left, Williams fires and hits Ka’Jandre Domino on a deep crossing pattern for 34 yards to the 4. Grambling stops the clock with 1 second left and sets up for Phabo Wabo’s field goal. Southern 21, Grambling 17.

Third quarter

Grambling: Wabo 25 field goal at 9:05. DRIVE: 13-57-5:46. KEY PLAYS: Williams hits wide-open tight end Johnny Hedgemon for a 32-yard gain. On fourth-and-11, Williams scrambles right and hits Jeremy Hernandez on the sideline for a first down. Grambling is called for a false start on third-and-goal from the 3, then fails to convert. Southern 21, Grambling 20.

Southern: Hawkins 28 pass from Dray Joseph (Hill kick) at 5:47. DRIVE: 7-62-3:12. KEY PLAYS: Southern begins the drive with five consecutive Sylvester Nzekwe runs. Dray Joseph moves the chains on a third-and-short quarterback sneak. On the TD, Hawkins gets open on a post, then fights his way across the goal line for his third score. Southern 28, Grambling 20.

Fourth quarter

Southern: Lee Doss 27 pass from Dray Joseph (Hill kick) at 14:53. DRIVE: 5-70-2:14. KEY PLAYS: Dray Joseph finds fullback Brian McCain for a 21-yard gain. Nzekwe breaks free for a first down. Dray Joseph hits a wide-open Doss on the right side of the end zone for the score. Southern 35, Grambling 20.

Southern: Hill 42 field goal at 9:08. DRIVE: 4-1-:57. KEY PLAYS: Southern gets the ball after Javon Allen intercepts a Williams pass at the Grambling 27. The Jaguars go three-and-out, setting up Hill’s field-goal attempt. Southern 38, Grambling 20.

Grambling: Hernandez 23 pass from Williams (pass fails) at 7:25. DRIVE: 7-63-1:34. KEY PLAYS: Williams connects on passes of 12 and 15 yards. Southern commits a 15-yard personal-foul penalty. Southern drops two potential interceptions on the drive. Southern 38, Grambling 26.

Grambling: Cedric Skinner 2 rush (Wabo kick) at 1:58. DRIVE: 13-82-3:14. KEY PLAYS: Williams connects on passes of 11, 19 and 11 yards before leaving the game. Frank Rivers makes a 14-yard throw to Mahmud on third-and-10. Southern commits a pass-interference penalty, putting Grambling at the 2. Southern 38, Grambling 33.

Final score: Southern 38, Grambling 33.

Records: Grambling 1-10, 0-9 Southwestern Athletic Conference; Southern 4-7, 3-6.

Attendance: 45,980

Perryn Keys