Oliver The Catalyst For Jackson State's SWAC Title
Jackson State won its 16th SWAC football championship
Dec. 15, 2007
By Eric N. Moore
Special to CSTV.com
Eric contributes a twice-weekly HBCU column for CSTV.com.
The victory gave
Grambling, which had been 4-0 in SWAC title games, took a 7-0 lead on its first possession on a 1-yard touchdown run by Frank Warren. But GSU failed to make it back to the end zone in the first half, while
Grambling opened the second half scoring 16 points in 32 seconds to tie the score at 28-28. QB Brandon Landers threw for two touchdown passes and a pair of two-point conversions. A 26-yard field goal by Tim Manual at 1:31 gave the G-Men a 31-28 lead going into the final period.
JSU scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter when Oliver, in the grasp of a Grambling tackler, found Terrance Jones for a 15-yard touchdown to complete a seven-play, 74-yard drive and give the Blue Tigers a 35-31 lead.
JSU's final score came when Lavarus Giles broke away from three defenders near the line of scrimmage and raced 54 yards for a touchdown with 11:45 remaining.
Oliver completed 16-of-30 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns, while Giles rushed 23 times for 117 yards and two TDs.
For the game, Landers completed 18-of-38 passes for 229 yards. But he also threw three interceptions, one of which was returned 35 yards for a touchdown by Domonique Johnson.
Clyde Edwards closed out his successful career at
It was the third consecutive loss for Grambling, which had defeated