The Grambling State University Tigers, the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s only undefeated team (6-2, 6-0 SWAC) face the Texas Southern University Tigers in the Red River State Fair Classic in Shreveport on Saturday, Nov. 7.
The G-Men won a sixth consecutive conference win last Saturday, defeating Mississippi Valley State University 49-14 during the homecoming game. That same day, TSU celebrated its homecoming, losing 40-21 to the Southern University Jaguars.
The Tigers gets to rest during week 9 of its season with a bye week. TSU faces College of Faith on Saturday (Oct. 31).
GSU’s fast offense and improving defense will be a test for TSU, and the TSU Tigers will aim to upset the SWAC undefeated record of the G-Men. TSU, No. 4 in the western division of the SWAC, is starving for another win.
TSU leads opponents in total scoring, 221-194, and still managed to come up short for a W in at least half of their games this season. Wide receiver Derric Griffin is TSU’s leading scorer with 550 receiving yards and a total of 54 points.
Defensively, Jamal Lucas, Zacch Bamijoko, and Demetrius Johnson lead the TSU Tigers in total tackles. Amir Bloom leads the team with three sacks.
GSU Tigers’ QB Johnathan Williams will aim to stay out of trouble with TSU’s defense, limiting or eliminating interceptions. Williams had a total of 12 interceptions going into the bye week, including two against Mississippi Valley State University during the homecoming game. One of the interceptions led to a touchdown.
Williams has been effective as the Tiger field general, but he has not thrown over 300 yards since week 5 against the Jackson State University Tigers. TSU’s starting quarterback, Averion Hurts, has only one interception this season.
Although, the game will be held in Shreveport, GSU is the home team. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Independence Stadium.
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