Miss. Valley St. 19, Grambling 10
Oct. 13, 1996
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) _ Terry Houzah picked up a Grambling fumble and returned in 67 yards for a touchdown to lead Mississippi Valley to a 19-10 victory.
The win was the fourth for Mississippi Valley (2-4) in a 40-game series with Grambling. Mississippi Valley's last win was a 38-20 victory in 1990. Grambling (1-4) is off to its worst start in this half-century.
Mississippi Valley took control early, scoring the first 12 points of the Southwestern Athletic Conference game.
The Delta Devils went up 6-0 with 4:33 left in the first quarter when Keith Poindexter hit a wide-open Sean Davis over the middle for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Clifford Debose hit a 19-yard field goal with 13:16 left in the half to make the score 9-0.
The Delta Devils tried to add to their lead midway through the second quarter, but Debose was just short on 40-yard field goal attempt. A 23-yard field goal late in the third put them up 12-0.
Poindexter was called for intentional grounding in the end zone with four seconds left in the third quarter, resulting in a safety.
Jay Johnson scored on a 3-yard run to spark a Grambling comeback. Michael Kornblau then hit Corey Ceaser for the two-point conversion to cut the Valley lead to 12-10.
With Grambling on a drive for the potential go-ahead points, Montrelli Finley broke through to knock the ball away from Kornblau, setting up Houzah's game-clinching win.