UNA routs West Georgia; A&M loses SWAC East lead
From staff, AP reports
David McCants scored three touchdowns on the ground and Jason Messing had two scoring receptions as North Alabama routed West Georgia 65-17 at Florence’s Braly Stadium.
UNA (8-1, 6-1 Gulf South Conference) led just 23-10 at the half but exploded for 42 second half points, including a defensive touchdown.
McCants had touchdown runs of 12, 15 and five yards and finished with 69 yards on 11 carries. Lion quarterback A.J. Milwee completed 24 of 31 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and back-up Dusty Goodwin was three-for-five for 92 yards and two TDs. Goodwin also had a 24-yard rushing TD.
Messing’s two touchdown receptions of 12 and 78 yards set a new school record, giving him 22 for his career.
The Lions finished with 542 total yards to just 243 for West Georgia (2-8, 1-6).
Jackson State 43, Alabama A&M 40, OT: Rodney Gray tied the game with just three seconds left to send the game into overtime, and Edward Lee scored on a 1-yard run to hoist Jackson State to a victory over Alabama A&M.
The Tigers (6-3, 6-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) and the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2) entered the game tied for No. 1 in the East.
JSU entered the game as the No. 1 ranked defense, and Alabama A&M was the No. 1 offense. The Tigers finished with 539 yards of offense to the Bulldogs’ 276 yards.
The Bulldogs were ahead 37-30 with 5:35 left, but Gray tied the game after connecting with quarterback Jimmy Oliver and running it in from the 5-yard line.
Licea’s field goal from 41 yards put Alabama A&M ahead 40-37, but the lead was short-lived as Lee scored for the win.
Jacksonville State 24, Samford 12: Daniel Jackson rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries to lead Jacksonville State to a victory over Samford.
Jacksonville State’s (6-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference) winning streak over Samford (4-5, 2-4) is now eight.
The Gamecocks were leading 17-9 in the third quarter when T.J. Heath intercepted a Jefferson Addock pass at the JSU 19 to end a Samford threat.
Addock connected with Michael Dean on the Bulldogs’ next possession for a near touchdown, but Dean couldn’t hold onto the ball and they settled for a fourth field goal to make it 17-12 with 10:22 toplay.
Maurice Dupree returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to the Samford six-yard line to set up a 3-yard touchdown run from Shawn Green that sealed the game.
Grambling State 21, Alabama State 7: Brandon Landers threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Grambling State to a victory over Alabama State.
The win seals Grambling State’s (8-1, 8-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) berth to the 2007 SWAC Championship game for the second time in three years.
UAB 37, Southern Mississippi 7: Jeremy Young marked his return to the starting line up by throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Ed Morgan to lead Southern Mississippi to a victory over UAB.
Young had missed three games and played only briefly in a fourth because of an ankle sprain, but came back strong, completing 7-of-16 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns and running for 58 yards.
UAB’s only score came on a 32 yard pass from Sam Hunt to Sylvester Mencer in the third quarter. The Blazers (2-7, 1-4) managed only 244 yards.
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