Grambling State returns to field with loss

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Grambling, LA ( - A week after forfeiting a game, Grambling State fell to Texas Southern, 23-17, in overtime in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game.

Grambling State (0-9, 0-6) remained winless after Texas Southern scored on Jamal Small's 3-yard run to end the overtime.

Texas Southern (2-6, 1-5) overcame a 17-7 deficit. D.J. Williams threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.

The Grambling State players returned to the prctice field Monday after staging a six-day walkout, including a boycott of an away game at Jackson State which was ruled a forfeit.

The players were unhappy over the firing of head coach Doug Williams in September, while also saying their travel by bus to some road games was over excessive distances and that they have been subjected to unhealthy, dangerous facilities.

Defensive coordinator Dennis "Dirt" Winston was named the team's interim head coach last week, following the firing of George Ragsdale, who replaced Williams.