BIG PLAY

2:14, Fourth quarter


Following a 39-yard TD reception by North Carolina Central wide receiver Quentin Atkinson to pull the Eagles within 10-9, Joseph McWilliams blocked the subsequent extra point to preserve the lead.

BAD PLAY

2:14, Fourth quarter

NCCU WR Quentin Atkinson drew a personal foul unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after hauling in a 39-yard TD pass from quarterback Malcolm Bell that led to Brandon McLaren’s extra point being blocked.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Grambling State RB Martez Carter: The junior scored Grambling’s first TD on a 32-yard TD run with 9:14 left in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 7-3. He finished the game with 109 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.

UNSUNG HERO

Grambling State punter Derrick Dixon

Dixon entered the game after starter Jonathan Williams left due to injury and proceeded punt three times for 108 yards (54-yard average, including one boot that pinned NCCU inside the 5. 

Kendrick Marshall
Editor for HBCU Sports, award-winning journalist, and a graduate of Jackson State University.

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