Ralph’s 77-yard punt return helps UAPB beat MVSU 24-17

LORMAN, Mixx. (AP) — Tyrin Ralph returned a punt 77-yards for a score with 1:53 to play and Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Mississippi Valley State 24-17 on Friday night.

UAPB (3-0, 3-0 SWAC) can win the SWAC West Division for the first time since 2012 and clinch a berth in the conference title game with a win in either of its final two regular season games. The Golden Lions play host to Prairie View A&M on April 17 and Texas Southern on April 24.

Skyler Perry threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to DeJuan Miller and 4 yards to Josh Wilkes, and an 18-yard field goal by Zack Piwniczka with two seconds remaining in the second quarter gave the Golden Lions a 17-3 halftime lead.

Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-3) rallied to tie it at 17-all in the fourth quarter before Ralph fielded a punt, ran to the right in front of the UAPB sideline, eluded defenders and got free around midfield before outracing the Delta Devils into the end zone.

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