Grambling focuses on finishing drives with touchdowns

We’ve talked about how this team’s principal improvement on either side of a season-changing win at Prairie View in 2008 was how it started scoring more points.

Grambling isn’t ramping up the same way in 2009. Even in its most recent win, at Alabama State, the Tigers had notable troubles finishing drives into the opponent’s side of the field.

“We’ve got to start putting points on the board,” said Grambling coach Rod Broadway. “We’re getting down there and kicking field goals. You can’t win a lot of times kicking field goals from inside the 20-yard line. We’ve got to get that corrected.”

GSU has scored touchdowns on 13 of 24 trips inside the 20-yard line this season, settling for field goals 9 times, and turning the ball over twice. Back 10- or 15-yards further out, and the numbers nosedive.

In fact, over its first five trips into Alabama State territory, Grambling scored just seven points — a run that included getting stopped at the Hornets’ 14 on a fourth-and-1 rush attempt. Over the second half, an improving GSU only saw two possessions across the 50 end without points, and that included a final two-play drive to conclude the contest.

GSU has had similar problems putting touchdowns on the scoreboard all year, with predictable results.

Grambling opened the season with 31-34 loss against South Carolina State where it twice had to settle for a field-goal attempt (one was missed) after driving into Bulldogs territory; two trips into Prairie View territory ended in field goals, too, in an eventual three-point loss at Dallas that has all but ended GSU’s chances to return to the SWAC Championship Game in 2009.

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