Pine Bluff shocks defending SWAC champ Alcorn St. 45-43, 3OT
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) – Brandon Duncan had a career-high 505 yards passing with four TD passes on Thursday night and Arkansas-Pine Bluff rallied from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to upset two-time defending conference champion Alcorn State 45-43 in third overtime.
The Golden Lions (1-2, 1-0 Southwest Athletic Conference) had the second possession in the third overtime and trailed by six when Duncan hit Willie Young for a 25-yard score on Pine Bluff’s first play. Duncan then found John Hawkins on an underneath route for the winning two-point conversion.
Young finished with 13 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Alcorn State’s Noah Johnson threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 62 yards and another three scores. He ran for two of his touchdowns in overtime, the second making it 43-37. But the Braves failed (1-1, 1-1) on the ensuing two-point conversion which created the opening for Pine Bluff.
Both teams fumbled their possessions away in the first overtime and traded touchdowns in the second.
The Braves scored four straight touchdowns to lead 30-14 with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Golden Lions scored twice in the final 5:55 of regulation, converting both 2-point conversions to force overtime.
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