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Eugene's 6 TDs lift Grambling St. to SWAC title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bruce Eugene completed six touchdown
passes and threw for 473 yards to lead Grambling State in a 45-6
rout of Alabama A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference
championship game at Legion Field Saturday.

Eugene broke the NCAA Division I record for career touchdown
passes with 140, breaking the record held by Willie Totten of
Mississippi Valley State. He completed 30 of 47 passes and had no
interceptions.

"It won't really hit me until I get back home and realize my
college career is over," said Eugene of the record. "When I
realize I can't put on the black and gold anymore, I'll sit back
and think about what I did at Grambling."

Henry Tolbert caught four of Eugene's touchdown passes on
Saturday to break the Grambling State single-season record with 19
touchdown receptions.

It was the fourth win in the SWAC championship game for the
Tigers (11-1) and their first since winning three straight from
2001-2003.

"It was like being in the back yard watching kids play," said
Grambling coach Melvin Spears. "Their comes a point where the
coaches have to step back and just let them play."

Alabama A&M (9-3) scored on its first possession with a
one-yard touchdown run by Nic Luke. That would be the only score of
the day for the Bulldogs, as Grambling answered with long touchdown
drives on its next two possessions, capped by a 12-yard touchdown
pass from Harris to Tolbert and a one-yard touchdown run by Ab
Kuuan.

The Tigers were a perfect 4 of 4 on fourth-down conversions in
the first half.

Alabama A&M mounted another long drive to start the second half,
but turned the ball over on downs at the Grambling 37 when Kelcy
Luke took a knee in an effort to catch the Tiger defense in the
neutral zone.

Grambling took advantage of the opportunity and Eugene went on
to throw four touchdown passes in the third quarter, connecting on
passes of 31, 41, 23 and two yards to tie the NCAA record. His
record-breaking touchdown came on a 12-yard pass to Tolbert with
5:24 left in the fourth quarter.

Eugene said the Tigers started slow, but picked up the pace in
the second half.

"We made some mistakes in the first half with fumbles that
stopped some drives," Eugene said. "But we knew if we held onto
the ball and ran our plays, we would catch a break. We hit some
plays deep and broke their momentum.

In addition to the NCAA touchdown record, Eugene also set the
Grambling State single-season records with 56 toucdown passes,
4,928 yards and 305 completions.