Florida A&M defense stops Grambling late, earns 20-16 win

Oct 15, 2022, 3:52 AM | Updated: 3:53 pm

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Jeremy Moussa ran for one third-quarter touchdown and passed for another and Florida A&M rallied from a 10-3 second-half deficit for a 20-16 win over Grambling Saturday.

Kamari Stephens got a clutch sack, and Florida A&M stopped Grambling on downs in the red zone in the final minute to seal it.

Down four with under a minute left, Julian Calvez hit Lyndon Rash for a 14-yard gain to give the Tigers a first down at the Florida A&M 17, and a holding penalty on the Rattlers gave Grambling a first down at the 12. Calvez hit Rash in the end zone, but the touchdown was called back on an offensive pass interference penalty that pushed the Tigers back to the 27. Calvez threw incomplete three times and Stephens got a clutch sack to end it.

Moussa scored from the 2 with :23 left in the third quarter to put the Rattlers (5-2, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) up, 17-10, but Donald Johnson III returned a punt 80 yards with 5:05 left. The missed point-after attempt made it 17-16. Jose Romo-Martinez kicked a 34-yard field goal to push the Rattlers’ lead to 20-16 with 1:45 left.

Calvez completed 14 of his 36 pass attempts for 149 yards and a touchdown and gained 113 yards on 16 carries to lead Grambling (1-6, 0-4).

Moussa was 22 of 36 for 226 yards.

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