Grambling State holds off Jackson State rally, wins 40-35

statefair_1007spo016JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Arkez Cooper recovered a key fumble in the final seconds to cement Grambling State’s first win of the season, 40-35, over Jackson State on Saturday night.

Grambling State (1-3, 1-0 SWAC) had built a 24-point lead in the third quarter before Jackson State (2-2, 0-1) shaved the deficit to 40-35 and was driving for the end zone again when LaMontiez Ivy fumbled at the GSU 34 with 28 seconds left. Cooper was there to grab it and Grambling State ran out the clock for the win.

Juwan Martin hauled in the go-ahead TD catch from Stephe Johnson, who finished with 184 yards passing, and Aaron Breed returned a fumble 41 yards for another GSU score a minute later.

Jackson State was held to 73 yards rushing but outgained GSU in total offense 480-348. Ivy was 25 of 36 for 407 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.