Losing consecutive games.
With a 50-point blowout to BCS Top 25 Oklahoma State, then an upset stumble against a resurgent Prairie View, Grambling has a losing streak for the first time since November 2007.
That was also the month that Grambling dropped its first and — before last week in Dallas — only regular-season SWAC game under Broadway, in the Bayou Classic against Southern.
“We’re not giving it up on it,” Broadway said. “We’ll be in there when the smoke clears. We’ve just got to play better.”
This is a whole new world. And in unfamiliar places, it’s best to go back to the basics. You find your way out by following true north: The fundamentals of the game, running the football, protecting the football and stopping the other guy from running the football.
There’s a lot of work to do.
Saturday opponent Alabama A&M (4-1, overall; 1-0 in the SWAC) has won taken straight and five of the last six — most recently, in a grinding win over Tuskegee that saw Bulldog quarterback Kevin Atkins finish 4-of-11 for only 21 passing yards. A&M rusher Ulysses Banks already leads the league on the ground, with 508 yards.
Grambling, meanwhile, ranks ninth in stopping the run, allowing 172 yards a game and 13 touchdowns on the ground in 2009. It was held to a paltry 71 rushing yards on 28 carries against Prairie View.
And Greg Dillon has been a turnover machine.
The GSU quarterback was in midseason form when these two teams met a year ago — putting up 200 total yards and a pair of scores as Grambling won 27-9. He hasn’t had that kind of game yet this year, though there were flashes of last season’s playmaking prowess last week in Dallas.
Dillon has scored six times (twice on the ground), but also thrown six interceptions.
SHACK AND DOUG TO ANNOUNCE NEW HALL
The Black College Football Hall of Fame is headed to Atlanta, and it will have a Grambling flair from the start.
On Friday, former Grambling and NFL quarterbacks James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams will announce the establishment of the new hall, which will specifically honor players and coaches at historically black colleges and universities. The inaugural enshrinement ceremony will be held in February, in conjunction with Black History Month.
Friday’s announcement comes two weeks after the NCAA decided to move the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Ind., to Atlanta.