Grambling State defense came up big, as GSU made two goal line stops in the final period against Mississippi Valley State University.
The first Tiger stop came with 6:23 left in the game, followed by a fumble recovery by De’Andre Hogues with 3:56 remaining in the game on Saturday, to pick up the 24-19 victory over the Delta Devils on Senior Day/Homecoming, at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
GSU (5-4, overall) got 208 passing yards, and three touchdown passes from quarterback Geremy Hickbottom, and a career rushing performance from running back Johntavious Robinson with 133 yards.
MVSU (1-7, overall) went eight plays for 62-yards on their opening drive that ended with a Dejerric Bryant 7-yard touchdown run, Grambling State blocked the extra point to put the Delta Devils ahead 6-0, with 10:50 remaining in the opening quarter.
Grambling responded with a 15 play, 62-yard drive that ended with a Marc Orozco 34-yard field goal to cut the Tigers deficit to 6-3 to end the first quarter.
Hickbottom got a 35-yard second quarter touchdown pass to Darrell Clark, followed by another 15-yard touchdown pass from Hickbottom to Devante Davis, followed by Orozco extra points to increase the Tigers lead to 17-6.
The Delta Devils got a 5-yard touchdown run from John Derrick Smith with 1:19 left in the second quarter to cut the Tigers deficit to 17-13, going into the half.
The Tigers kept the momentum into the second half as, Hickbottom found Kobe Ross in the back of the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown, to increase the Tigers lead to 24-13.
MVSU responded with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chris Fowler to Booker Chambers to cut the deficit to 24-19.
The final quarter would be a tell of the Grambling State defense, as the Delta Devils drove down the field consecutive times for the game winning drive.
However, the GSU defense got a goal line stop, and a fumble recovery with seven minutes remaining in the game, to keep their SWAC Championships hopes alive.
The G-Men return to action Sat. Nov. 10, against Alabama A&M at Louis Crews Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.