BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 95-yard touchdown pass from Arkansas-Pine Bluff quarterback Benjamin Anderson to Willie Young with 2 minutes left in regulation forced overtime, and the Lions emerged with a 24-21 victory over Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at Legion Field.
The winning points for the Lions (10-2) came on Tyler Strickland’s 26-yard field goal. Jackson State (7-5) had the ball first in overtime but Ryan Deising’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Jackson State dominated the first half, outgaining the Lions 270-78, but led only 21-14 at halftime. Clayton Moore threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Rico Richardson and rushed for another score, but his fumble at the end of the first half kept things close.
After Moore was hit from behind by linebacker Xavier Lofton, linebacker Bill Ross scooped up the fumble and raced 73 yards for a touchdown with 4 seconds left in the half.