Alcorn repeats as SWAC champion with 49-21 win over Grambling

Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson poses with the Eddie G. Robinson trophy after Alcorn State defeated Grambling State 49-21 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship college football game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson poses with the Eddie G. Robinson trophy after Alcorn State defeated Grambling State 49-21 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship college football game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — For the second-straight year Alcorn State lifted the Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Championship Trophy at NRG Stadium after beating Grambling State 49-21 on Saturday.

The Braves (9-3) become the first team since 2002 to repeat as SWAC champions and joined Grambling State as the only program to accomplish the feat. It marks the 11th league title for Alcorn State.

Alcorn State leaned on its rushing attack as Darryan Ragsdale rushed for a championship game record 191 yards on 16 carries.

The loss marked just the second time Grambling State (9-3) has fallen in the title game.

Tigers quarterback Johnathan Williams did all he could to keep Grambling State in striking distance going 18-for-36 for 207 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Defensively, Alcorn State’s Warren Gatewood excelled with three interceptions, returning one for a 24-yard touchdown.

  • Scoring Summary
ALC 1st Qtr 3:31 Darryan Ragsdale 84 yd run (Haiden McCraney kick)
ALC 1st Qtr 2:36 Warren Gatewood 24 yd interception return (Haiden McCraney kick)
GRAM 2nd Qtr 14:54 Johnathan Williams 14 yd run (Marc Orozco kick)
ALC 2nd Qtr 12:05 Marquis Warford 11 yd pass from Lenorris Footman (Haiden McCraney kick)
GRAM 2nd Qtr 9:14 Verlon Hunter 24 yd pass from Johnathan Williams (Marc Orozco kick)
ALC 2nd Qtr 2:32 Marquis Warford 28 yd pass from Lenorris Footman (Haiden McCraney kick)
ALC 3rd Qtr 2:41 Lenorris Footman 9 yd run (Haiden McCraney kick)
ALC 4th Qtr 9:53 Corbin Johnson 5 yd pass from Lenorris Footman (Haiden McCraney kick)
GRAM 4th Qtr 7:53 Jestin Kelly 1 yd run (Marc Orozco kick)
ALC 4th Qtr 4:03 Marquis Warford 37 yd run (Haiden McCraney kick)

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