Bayou Classic: Southern holds off Grambling, heads to SWAC title game

Southern leaps Grambling hurdle in Bayou Classic, headed to SWAC title game.

Grambling’s reign over the SWAC is now history.

Southern won the Bayou Classic 38-28, besting it’s rival Grambling for the first time since 2014 and clinching the SWAC West title.

Nearly 68,000 fans packed into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to watch the two rivals go at it.

Southern took control of the game early when  Joseph McWilliams blocked a 42-yard Martell Fontenot field goal attempt to keep the Southern advantage at 7-0 in the first quarter. Grambling would tie the game on a touchdown pass from Geremy Hickbottom to Darrell Clark, but a field goal by Southern would give it the lead for good.

Grambling trailed by as much as 31-13 in the third quarter, but mounted a brief comeback attempt.

Southern will travel to Alcorn State to play in the SWAC Championship Game. The two teams will battle for the SWAC title and the right to play A&T in the Celebration Bowl.

Grambling, the two-time defending champ, finished the season 6-5. That is its lowest win total since 2013.



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