HOUSTON - Bruce Eugene threw for 418 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Grambling State to a 50-35 victory over Southern on Saturday.
Eugene, who hit 22-of-45 passes, threw for three touchdowns in the third quarter when the Tigers (9-1, 8-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) opened up a 43-21 lead with 5:18 to play in the third. The six touchdowns were one short of his school record set two times previously.
Clyde Edwards caught three of the touchdowns and finished with five catches for 162 yards as the two teams set a record for the most points scored in the Bayou Classic. The game, which was moved from the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, drew 53,214.
Jaguars quarterback Joseph Lewis completed 28-of-52 for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more to keep the game close. Southern ended its season 4-5 both overall and in the SWAC after having two games canceled because of hurricanes.
The Jaguars also got an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown from James Vernon.
Grambling, which has a spot secured in the SWAC Championship game Dec. 10 in Birmingham, jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 16-yard pass from Eugene to Edwards and a 10-yard run by Eugene.
Eugene also threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Henry Tolbert the first half.
Joseph completed 15-of-28 for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Vernon and Darwin Pittman the first half to close the Grambling lead to 23-14 at the half.