Jackson State rallies to clinch East

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Clayton Moore threw for two touchdowns and 311 yards to lead Jackson State to a 26-20 come-from-behind win over Alabama A&M on Saturday to clinch the Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division football title.

Zach Pendleton was his main target, pulling in nine catches for 193 yards.

Alabama A&M (3-7, 4-5) jumped out to a 13-0 lead on a Lee Jaymason to Montauri Smith 24-yard scoring strike and field goals of 32 and 21 yards by Cesar Ramon. Jackson State (8-2, 8-0) tied the score 13-13 early in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Mich Perkins and Ryan Deising’s two field goals from the 20.

The Tigers took their first lead 20-13 early in the third when Moore hit Tobi Singleton on a 24-yard touchdown pass.

Lee passed to Smith from the 1 to tighten the score to 26-20 with 1:16 remaining in the game. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Jackson State.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45, Grambling 42: In Pine Bluff, Ark., Benjamin Anderson scored three of his five touchdowns in the final quarter for the Golden Lions.

Dwight Amphy’s 85-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown with 4:58 left in the third quarter gave Grambling (1-10, 1-7) a 31-24 lead going into the fourth.

Anderson connected with Cody Swain on a 14-yard touchdown pass just 55 seconds into the final frame to tie the game and, following a Grambling field goal, Anderson threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night, this one to Erick Thomas from 4 yards out.

Leading 38-34, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-7, 2-5) forced a three-and-out from the Tigers offense before the Golden Lions scored on a six play, 55-yard drive, on which Anderson rushed for 41 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown.

Jonathan Williams had 359 total yards and three touchdowns for Grambling.

Mississippi Valley State 20, Texas Southern 17: In Itta Bena, Miss., Julian Stafford returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and recorded 198 all-purpose yards for Mississippi Valley State.

The two teams traded field goals early in the second quarter, bringing the score to 10-3 before Stafford struck again, hauling in a Patrick Ivy pass en route to a 62-yard touchdown catch and run.

Leading 17-3, MVSU (2-8, 2-6) leaned on the defense to carry the team home for the win.

The Delta Devil defense had eight sacks, including five after Stafford’s second touchdown, and knocked Texas Southern’s starting quarterback, Homer Causey, out of the game with an unspecified injury.

Dedric Shipman and Larry Clark recorded career-highs in both receptions and yards receiving for TSU (2-8, 2-7). Shipman finished with eight catches for 192 yards. Clark caught nine balls for 105 yards.