Contributed by: Brian Howard, Grambling Sports Information Director
GRAMBLING, La. | Devante Kincade closed out his senior home campaign on Saturday with four total touchdowns as thirteenth-ranked Grambling State University cruised past Texas Southern, 50-24, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“It’s good to get a victory today,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “With Homecoming week, you’re always concerned about focus and distractions of that nature, but it was good to get a victory and good for our guys to go out and score some points and stop the run. All-in-all, I thought it was a really good performance.”
Kincade, who connected with eight different receivers on Saturday, threw for a season-high 347 yards on 21 of 34 passing with three touchdowns and rushed seven times for 22 yards and one score as Grambling State jumped out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead.
GSU (7-1 overall, 4-0 SWAC) marched 68 yards on its opening drive as Kincade connected with Marquise Kaigler for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Grambling State a 7-0 lead with 11:26 left in the first quarter.
Grambling State extended the advantage to 14-0 on its next drive as Kincade scored on a 9-yard quarterback keeper with 7:28 left in the first.
Texas Southern (0-7, 0-4) capitalized on a Grambling State turnover and went 39 yards in seven plays as Aaron Cuevas booted a 27-yard field to close the gap to 14-3 with 2:11 in the opening quarter.
Grambling State quickly answered and capped off a 5-play, 65-yard drive as Jordan Jones rumbled 47 yards for the touchdown to extend the lead to 20-3 after Marc Orozco’s point after attempt was blocked with
14:48 left in the first half.
After a Texas Southern punt, Grambling State used an 8-play, 77-yard drive, as Dre’ Fusilier scored on a 1-yard run to push the advantage to 27-3 with 8:50 left in the second quarter.
Texas Southern answered and took advantage of a Fusilier fumble in the endzone as Demontairo Anderson pounced on the loose ball to give TSU the score and cut the deficit to 27-10 with 48 seconds remaining in the first half.
Grambling State got the lone score in the third quarter as Kincade found Devohn Lindsey for the 19-yard strike to extend the advantage to 34-10 with 1:38 remaining.
The Kincade-Martez Carter show was on full display early in the fourth quarter as the two combined for 60 yards on Grambling State’s next scoring drive with Carter scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run to push the margin to 41-10 with 11:08 left.
Texas Southern closed the gap to 41-17 on its next possession as Mario Smalls caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Odom with 7:47 left.
GSU’s defense, which allowed just 24 yards rushing on 27 attempts, clammed down and sacked Odom in the endzone for the safety and gave Grambling State a 43-17 advantage with 3:59 remaining. For Grambling State, it was the third safety the defense had earned this season.
GSU put the final touches on a great afternoon when Geremy Hickbottom scored on a 49-yard quarterback keeper to extend the margin to 50-17.
Texas Southern added one more score as Odom scored on a 9-yard run with 52 seconds remaining.