PINE BLUFF, Ark.- The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football team picked up their second conference win of the season as the Golden Lions defeated Mississippi Valley State, 24-14 here Saturday afternoon at Golden Lion Stadium.
UAPB struck first blood in the contest as Benjamin Anderson connected with Willie Young from 10 yards out giving the Golden Lions a 7-0 lead with 9:25 to go in the first.
Young caught his second TD of the game with an acrobatic catch from eight yards out as the ball was tipped into the air by fellow wide receiver Joel Porchia at the 14:22 mark of the second quarter.
Strickland made the score 17-0 with a 23-yard field goal with 10:17 left in the second quarter.
MVSU scored their first TD of the game on a 73-yard TD pass to Charlie Crenshaw from Quantavis Peterson with 5:51 left in the second as UAPB went into the break with a 17-7 lead, marking the third time this season that UAPB led at the half.
Young scored the Golden Lions final and his third TD of the game on a slant pattern from 59-yards out with 7:32 to go in the fourth, giving UAPB a 24-7 lead.
Julian Stafford scored the Delta Devils final TD of the game on a 14-yard pass from Patrick Ivy with 5:03 left in the contest for the 24-14 finale.
Willie Young scored all three of the Golden Lions TDs as he scored from 10, eight and 59 yards out with him finishing the contest with 175 yards on 10 receptions with his longest reception being for 59 yards.
This is the first time since the 2010 season, when former Golden Lion and current Green Bay Packer wide receiver Raymond Webber recorded 10 or more catches in a game.
Brian Handley for the second straight week rushed for more than 100 yards in a game as he finished the contest with 160 yards on 18 carries.
Anderson finished the contest with 232 yards through the air by completing 17 passes in 30 attempts, while passing for three TDs.
Kyle Walker led the Golden Lion defense with eight tackles (3 solos, 5 Asst); behind him was LaFarrell Franklin, Jared Turner, Demarcus Berry, and Willie Duncan as they all finished with six tackles each for UAPB. Berry led the team in sack as he finished the contest with two.
For Mississippi Valley State, quarterback Peterson led the Delta Devils as he rushed for 56 yards on 17 carries, while passing for 195 yards by completing nine passes in 24 attempts with one TD and two interceptions as finished the contest with 251 yards of total offense.
Stafford was the hot receiver for the Delta Devils as he finished the contest with 174 yards on nine receptions with one TD.
Terrance Hudson and Nelson Hale led the MVSU defense as they both finished with seven tackles each.
With the win, UAPB has now won seven straight against MVSU as the Golden Lions move to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play, whereas MVSU goes to 2-7 and 1-6 in conference play.