NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Joseph Dray threw for five touchdowns as Southern University overcame an early deficit and held on late to defeat Grambling State 38-33 on Saturday in the Bayou Classic.
Grambling trailed 38-20 early in the fourth quarter but cut into Southern's lead with two touchdowns. The Tigers reached Southern's 41-yard line, but Grambling quarterback Frank Rivers was sacked and fumbled to end the game.
The game marked the end of disappointing seasons for both teams.
Southern (4-7, 3-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) fired coach Stump Mitchell two games into the season and expects to replace interim coach Dawson Odoms. Grambling (1-10, 0-9), the defending league champion, ended the season with one victory for the first time since 1941 - the school's inaugural year under legendary coach Eddie Robinson.
Grambling took a 14-0 lead, converting a pair of fumbles by Southern into touchdown passes by D.J. Williams.
But Southern came back on the arm of Dray, scoring three straight TDs to take a 21-14 lead with 5:15 left in the second quarter and Grambling never caught up.
Dray completed 22 of 37 passes for 287 yards.
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