Jackson State Takes School's 16th SWAC Title

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jimmy Oliver threw three touchdown passes and repeatedly scrambled out of trouble to lead Jackson State to a 42-31 comeback win over Grambling State Saturday.

The win gave the Tigers their 16th Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and the first since 1996.

Oliver's 15-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Jones as he was being tackled gave Jackson State (8-4) the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.

It was the fourth lead change in the game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jackson State pushed the lead to 42-31 when Lavarus Giles broke away from three defenders near the line of scrimmage and raced 54 yards for a touchdown with 11:45 remaining.

Oliver completed 16 of 30 passes for 249 yards, while Giles rushed 23 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Trailing 28-12 at halftime, Grambling scored 19 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 31-28 lead heading into the fourth.

Brandon Landers threw for two touchdown passes and a pair of two-point conversions in the quarter.

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