Saturday’s HBCU Football Notebook

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 21, 2008

Footballs HOUSTON — Greg Dillon threw for a touchdown and ran for one, and Grambling State scored three defensive touchdowns Thursday night in a 33-7 victory over host Texas Southern.

The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the latest HBCU Top 10 Football Poll, trailed 7-6 before Charles Gamble returned a fumble 50 yards for a score with 22 seconds left in the first half.

After Dillon’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Kiare Thompson gave Grambling a 19-7 lead through three quarters, Christian Anthony intercepted a pass and returned it 12 yards for a score before the Tigers added a final TD on a fumble return.

Frank Warren ran for 113 yards and Dillon added 97 and a TD on the ground for the Tigers, who rolled up 351 rushing yards and had the ball for more than 42 minutes.


The Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors Wednesday approved the coin flip procedure for the final step of the conference’s three-team tie breaker for football.

The procedure would be put in place only if Grambling State loses to Southern on Saturday, Nov. 29. If that occurs, Grambling State, Prairie View A&M and Southern would finish with identical 6-1 records in SWAC play.

In following the three-team tie breaker procedure, none of the previous six steps would eliminate one team from the other two.

In the three-team coin flip, three coins (one for each school) would be flipped by a school representative simultaneously. The odd coin not matching the other two coins would be eliminated.

If all three coins come up as the same designation, a second coin flip would take place and would repeat until one coin comes up different from the other two within that round.

The two schools with the same coin designation would then follow the steps for the two-team tie breaker (with the first step being head-to-head competition) to determine the Western Division representative for the 2008 SWAC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 13 in Birmingham.

If the coin flip is necessary to break the tie between the three teams, it would occur Sunday, Nov. 30 in New Orleans at a location to be announced.


Grambling State (9-2, 6-0) can win the division outright with:

– A victory over Southern, giving the Tigers the best division record.

– A loss to Southern would force a three-team coin flip.

Prairie View A&M (9-1, 6-1)

– Can only win the division through a three-team coin flip.The Panthers must have Southern defeat Grambling State to force the coin flip.

– Prairie View A&M is eliminated from title contention if Grambling State defeats Southern.

– By virtue of being in conference title contention, the Panthers are not eligible for the FCS playoffs.

Southern (6-4, 5-1)

– Can only win the division through a three-team coin flip. The Jaguars must defeat Grambling State to force a three-team coin flip.

– Southern is eliminated from division title contention with a loss to Grambling State.