Late field goal lifts Grambling to victory in Bayou Classic

From Grambling State University Athletic Communications:

Urban’s Field Goal Lifts GSU Past SU

Garrett Urban booted five field goals, none bigger than his last, as the Grambling State University football team snapped a three-game losing streak to its rival on Saturday afternoon with a 29-26 victory over Southern in the 48th Annual Bayou Classic at the Caesars Superdome.

Urban, Grambling State’s Most Valuable Player, notched the game-winning field goal with two seconds remaining as the Tigers (4-7 overall, 3-5 Southwestern Athletic Conference) capped a 3 minute, 48 second drive to close out the game.

Grambling State, which ended a three-game road losing streak and a three-game losing streak to Southern, fell behind 3-0 after a Luke Jackson 49-yard field goal with 11:17left in the opening quarter.
The Tigers answered on their second offensive possession and the very next drive, going 75 yards in nine plays as Elijah Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give Grambling State a 7-3 advantage with 7:23remaining in the opening quarter.

Southern (4-7, 3-5) drove 80 yards in seven plays as Devon Benn punched in a 22-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 10-7 lead with 3:54 left.
Grambling State quickly answered as Urban booted a 39-yard field and a 36-yard field to give the Tigers a 13-10 lead with 5:41 left in the first half.

Jackson’s 45-yard field goal with 2:49remaining in the second quarter tied the game at 13, but Grambling State finished the half strong as Urban booted his third field goal, a 27-yarder, with five seconds left, second the Tigers into the break with a 16-13 advantage.

Urban’s fourth field, a 27-yard attempt, gave Grambling State a 19-13 lead with 1:53 left in the third quarter and set up an exciting final period.

Ethan Howard caught a 5-yard pass from Ladarius Skelton, Southern’s MVP, as the Jaguars grabbed a 20-19 advantage with 9:56left.

Back came the Tigers as Greg White caught a 23-yard touchdown strike from Walker, as the Tigers answered and took a 26-20 lead with 6:27 left.

However, Skelton punched in a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:55 remaining. The extra-point attempt by Jackson was no good, as the two were tied at 26.

On the ensuing drive, CJ Russell got things going with a 19-yard carry and the Tigers got a 13-yard reception to White as Grambling State got the ball into Southern territory. The Jaguars were forced to call timeout three consecutive times before Urban sealed the game with a 25-yard field goal with two seconds left.


– Grambling State finished with 21 first downs and 500 total yards of offense- Elijah Walker paced the ground game with 168 yards on 19 carries and one score

– CJ Russell added 101 yards on 21 touches- Elijah Walker went 9 of 20 passing for 153 yards and one touchdown

– Greg White caught a team-high and game-high four passes for 79 yards and one score

– Joshua Reed, Devanir Martin and Xavier Lodge each recorded six tackles

– The Tigers controlled the clock with 34 minutes of possession

– Southern finished with 18 first downs and 370 total yards of offense- Jerodd Sims tallied 71 yards on 14 carries- Ladarius Skelton was 10 of 18 passing for 129 yards, with one interception and one touchdown

– Ethan Howard caught three passes for 49 yards and one score- Chase Foster led the Jaguar defense with nine tackles, including seven solo stops


– Elijah Walker made the start at quarterback for Grambling State

– The Tigers played three quarterbacks

– Elijah Walker, John-Paul Pierce and Aldon Clark

– Believe it or not, the Tigers had two players hit the 100-yard plateau on the ground

– Grambling State had 500 total yards of offense, the first time all season the Tigers had more than 400 in a game

– Grambling State won the turnover battle as Southern’s Ladarius Skelton threw an interception- The Tiger defense forced a turnover in all but one game this season (Tennessee State)

– Grambling State snapped a three-game losing streak to Southern and won a neutral site game against its rivals since 2017


“We came here to do more than just have a good time. We came here to win this game and I felt like we had an excellent game plan. We did a good job controlling the clock and was able to use our power with the ground game, which opened up some passing lanes. I felt Garrett Urban deserved being the MVP and really this was a total team effort.”


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