GRAMBLING, La. – Johnathan Williams accounted for seven touchdowns to lead Grambling State to its first win of the season with a 47-40 victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday.
Williams threw five touchdown passes and had a quarterback sneak for another score to put Grambling St. (1-9, 1-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) ahead 40-24, its largest lead, with one quarter remaining.
Patrick Ivy pulled MVSU (1-8, 1-6) within one score with a 5-yard run to open the fourth quarter. Williams answered on the next series with a 60-yard drive, capped by his 11-yard TD run to put the Tigers up 47-32.
Williams was 18 of 31 for 265 yards passing while connecting with ten different receivers. He also rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries.
Ivy led the Delta Devils with two passing and two rushing touchdowns. He was 15 of 35 for 266 yards, including a 41-yard TD pass.
MISSOURI SOUTHERN: In Joplin, Mo., a 39-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern State University football coach.
Joplin police said Saturday that the Jasper County prosecutor’s office has charged Jeffery L. Bruner of Joplin with felony murder and armed criminal action in 37-year-old Derek Moore’s death. Moore died after he was shot Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater.
Bruner is being held without bond in Joplin. Jail officials say it’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Moore was in his first year as a Missouri Southern offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.
The university canceled its Homecoming activities and said in a statement the school was “stunned and deeply saddened” by Moore’s death.
PENN STATE: With his five catches for 73 yards in the first quarter, Allen Robinson moved ahead of O.J. McDuffie into seventh place on Penn State’s all-time receving yards list with 1,973 yards.
Later in the game, he moved up to No. 5 on the list, sliding past Kenny Jackson (2,006) and Bryant Johnson (2,008) with 2,014 yards.
He finished the game with 11 catches for 165 yards.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman was impressed.
“Allen Robinson is a very, very good football player. There’s a reason he’s been one of the top receivers in this conference. I thought he had a good football game,” he said.
“He was on (our) sideline once and I said to him, ‘I’ve got freshmen out there. Take it easy on them.’ Just kidding with him. He’s a very, very good football player.”
• Bill O’Brien switched up several starters on both offense and defense.
As he hinted on Tuesday, one of the changes came at tackle. Adam Gress got the start at left tackle. Garry Gilliam was the starter at right tackle.
On defense, Ben Kline got the nod over Nyeem Wartman. Anthony Zettel got the start over Kyle Baublitz at defensive tackle