GSU defense holds off MVSU in late rally

Johntavious Robinson had 133 yards on the ground.

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.