Football Recap: September 8
FIU 17, Alcorn State 10
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A hard-fought battle that could have gone either way just didn't end in favor of the Alcorn State University football program as FIU ended on top 17-10 at Legion Field in a neutral site contest Friday evening.
The Braves (1-1) trailed 10-7 late in the fourth quarter when sophomore kicker Corey McCullough drilled a 49-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 with 3:54 remaining. It marked the second-longest field goal in school history behind a 50-yarder by George Green Jr. in 1984 against Alabama State.
FIU (1-1) responded with a seven-play, 80-yard drive for the decisive 17-10 score.
The big play was a 40-yard pass from Alex McGough to Julian Williams. The Panthers scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak by McGough with 1:12 remaining.
Alcorn had one last chance as senior quarterback Lenorris Footman connected with sophomore Tavares Johnson at the FIU 45-yard line with 12 seconds left, but the Braves could not get any closer. Alcorn attempted a last-second Hail Mary that fell incomplete along the right sideline of the end zone.
Footman passed for 191 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a team-high 56 yards.
Senior De'Lance Turner, the reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Week winner, tallied 34 rushing yards on nine carries.
--Alcorn State Sports Information