GRAMBLING — Brandon Wells threw two touchdown passes to Toriono Upshaw to lead Alabama A&M to a 23-9 win over Grambling on Saturday in both teams’ season and Southwestern Athletic Conference openers.
Wells completed 15 of 28 passes for 187 yards, including scoring passes of 2 and 19 yards to Upshaw as the Bulldogs built a 16-3 halftime lead.
Scott Barright added a 2-yard touchdown run for Alabama A&M, which had 325 total yards.
Jeremy Runner scored Grambling’s only touchdown a 4-yard run with 13:07 left in the game.
Tigers quarterback D.J. Williams completed 6 of 20 passes for 62 yards. Johnathon Williams wasn’t much better, hitting on 2 of 5 passes for 16 yards.
Cedric Skinner rushed for 14 carries for 73 yards.
The Tigers had just 165 total yards.
ALCORN STATE 63, EDWARD WATERS 12: In Lorman, Miss., Arnold Walker scored three touchdowns as the Braves dominated in the season opener for both teams.
Walker’s three scores came on just 75 yards rushing, but three other Braves rushed for at least 50 yards as ground attack piled up 280 yards.
The contest got away from Edward Waters early and Alcorn State won back-to-back home openers for the first time since 2003-04.
The Tigers countered Alcorn’s first touchdown with a field goal before Walker scored two rushing touchdowns less than three minutes apart to give the Braves a double-digit lead.
Alcorn’s defense shut down Edward Waters, recovering three fumbles and tallying two interceptions. The only scoring for Edward Waters came on four field goals.
ARKANSAS STATE 62, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 11: In Jonesboro, Ark., Michael Gordon broke off a 91-yard touchdown run and Arkansas State had four different rushers with over 100 yards in a rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
David Oku led the Red Wolves with 124 yards and two touchdowns. Sirgregory Thornton had 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Fredi Knighten also scored two touchdowns and finished with 101 yards. Gordon had just four carries, but ended with 102 yards for Arkansas State, which is coming off back-back 10-win seasons. Arkansas State won its ninth consecutive game, tied for the second-longest win streak in the nation.
Julian Jones moved into a tie for tenth in touchdown receptions in the Red Wolves’ record book with a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which averaged close to 400 total yards in 2012. Was held to just 173.