MEMPHIS — Jordan Grant and Demeatric Crenshaw each scored on short touchdown runs and Tennessee State got a bonus touchdown in an unlikely manner, defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24-14 on Saturday night in the 34th Southern Heritage Classic.
The Tigers built a 17-0 lead through three quarters but had to hold on in the final minute when UAPB lined up for a tying 31-yard field goal attempt. The kick was blocked in the middle of the line and James Green scooped up the ball, broke a tackle and raced 92 yards for a touchdown.
After the touchdowns by Grant and Crenshaw, James Lowery added a 23-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 17-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the third quarter.
The Golden Lions then drove 75 yards and 99 yards for a pair of short touchdown runs of their own, cutting their deficit to 17-14. UAPB next drove 63 yards in 4 1/2 minutes to set up the field goal try, but the play ended in Green’s long sprint down the sideline.
Deveon Bryant passed for 174 yards and rushed for 95 yards for the Tigers (1-1). Jalen Rouse added 91 yards rushing.
Johness Davis had 167 yards on the ground for the Golden Lions (0-2) and Jalen Macon threw for 206 yards.