Arizona (1-1) trailed the Tigers of the Football Championship
Subdivision 21-3 at halftime, but Dawkins scored on a 2-yard run
around right end to start the second half. The Wildcats took a
31-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, scoring touchdowns after
three of the four consecutive turnovers.
A fifth turnover, a fumble, stopped a Grambling State drive at
the Arizona 15 with 6:20 to play. A sixth turnover, an
interception, came with 2:58 left.
Dawkins, a sophomore, filled in for starter Anu Solomon, who was
not in uniform and wore a brace on his left knee. He suffered
the injury in practice this week, although the severity was not
Dawkins completed 15 of 29 passes for 233 yards and one
touchdown. He ran 16 times for 97 yards and two scores. Arizona
running back Nick Wilson rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries.
Grambling State (1-1) was rolling in the first half, with 303
total yards, but quarterback DeVante Kincade left late in the
half after suffering a non-contact leg injury while scrambling.
He was carried to the sideline and did not return.
Kincade, a transfer from Ole Miss, finished 15 of 19 for 193
yards and two touchdowns. Backup Trevon Cherry was 16 of 25 for
209 yards and three interceptions.
Arizona, which was a 44-point favorite, sputtered in the first
half, failing on fourth-and-2 at the Grambling 32 and
fourth-and-1 at the 6. The Wildcats did get a 31-yard field goal
in the second quarter from Josh Pollack, but that came after
Dawkins failed to connect with a wide-open Wilson on a pass in
the end zone.
Grambling State receiver Chad Williams had 13 catches for 152
Arizona linebacker Cody Ippolito recovered two fumbles but was
ejected in the fourth quarter for targeting.
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