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Alcorn State handed Alabama A&M its first loss of the season with a 21-20 win on Saturday. photo: Bob Gathany
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Football Recaps - Week 7

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 10/13/2012
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Jackson State beats Alabama State on dramatic fieldgoal
Alcorn State stuns previously unbeaten Alabama A&M
Mississippi Valley bedevils Grambling
Southern rolls past Texas Southern

Jackson State 37, Alabama State 34
MONTGOMERY -- A 39-yard fieldgoal by Raphael Dent gave Jackson State (3-4 and 3-2 in SWAC) a dramatic come-from-behind win over Alabama State (4-3 and 4-2).

It was the final game at the Crampton Bowl for Alabama State, who after 40 years, the will
play on campus at a brand new stadium, beginning on Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Bowl Classic against Tuskegee University.

Alabama State got on the board first with a short drive in the first quarter. Greg Jenkins hit T.C. McWilliams on a 6-yard touchdown strike to give the Hornets a 7-0 lead with 10:27 left in the opening quarter.

JSU quarterback Clayton Moore answered with back-to-back scores to put the Tigers on top. His first score was a 32-yard scamper with 5:35 left, then a 6-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds remaining in the quarter. The PAT on the second touchdown failed leaving JSU with a 13-7 lead going into the second quarter.

ASU reclaimed the lead early in the second quarter when Brandon Slater intercepted a tipped Moore pass and raced 23 yards for a touchdown. Bobby Wenzig added the PAT to give the Hornets 14-13 lead.

ASU added to their lead with 19 seconds left in the half as Jenkins scrambled 20 yards for a
touchdown. This time, Wenzig missed on the PAT, leaving the score Alabama State 20, Jackson State 13 at halftime.

JSU didn't waste any time evening things up in the second half as Moore hit Zach Pendleton on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 10:59 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 20-all.

Then after an ASU turnover, JSU was in business in Hornet territory. Five plays later, Moore hit Rico Richardson on a 17-yard touchdown pass to put JSU back in front 27-20 with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, ASU back Isaiah Crowell capped a 6-play, 66-yard drive, powering in from four yards out to tie the game at 27-27.

JSU had a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but Dent's 35-yard fieldgoal attempt was blocked. ASU needed only 1:22 to punch it in. Crowell capped a 4-play, 67 yard drive from 11 yards out with his second touchdown of the game, giving the Hornets a 34-27 lead with 10:02 left.

However, JSU tied the game with 3:53 left on a 3-yard dive by Moore. Then, after ASU punted with 4th-and-1 just inside Tiger territory, JSU had the ball with 1:32 left and 80 yards to go.

The Tigers drove most of the way, moving the ball to the Hornet 22 yard line on a 24-yard pass completion from Moore to Michael Perkins. That set the stage for Dent's game-winner with six seconds left.

The teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense. JSU tallied 533, while ASU finished with 419.

Moore accounted for 400 total yards and five touchdowns for JSU. He had 131 yards and three TDs on the ground, while connecting on 12-of-26 passes for 269 yards and two TDs in the air.

Richardson caught five of those passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

Jenkins passed for 262 yards on 14-of-25 passes. He threw a touchdown pass and was intercepted once.

Alcorn State 21, Alabama A&M 20
HUNTSVILLE -- Alcorn State ruined homecoming for previously unbeaten Alabama A&M with a win on Saturday. A&M fell to 6-1 and 5-1 in the SWAC, while Alcorn State improved to 3-4 and 3-2.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard with 7:32 left in the first quarter when Deaunte Mason
connected with Resha Dejarnett on a 42-yard touchdown pass. The PAT by Chance Wilson made it 7-0 A&M.

Alcorn the game in the final seconds of the quarter on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Arnold
Walker. The PAT tied the game at 7-7.

Midway through the second quarter, A&M pulled ahead on a 22-yard fieldgoal by Wilson with 7:57 left. But, later in the quarter, Mason was intercepted for the first time in 2012 by
Casey Freeman of Alcorn State. Freeman took the inception the other way 66 yards for a
touchdown, giving the Braves a 14-10 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs drove 80 yards in nine plays to reclaim the lead. Running back Kaderius Lacey capped the drive with a 39-yard touchdown run to give A&M a 17-14 lead with 8:29 left.

ASU answered on their next possession moving 54 yards in seven plays to retake the lead.
Braves quarterback John Gibbs hit Tavoris Doss on a 17-yard touchdown pass to put ASU up 21-17 with 5:30 left.

Late in the fourth quarter, Wilson nailed a 39-yard fieldgoal to pull A&M within a point at
21-20 with 5:30 left in the game. But the Bulldogs ran out of downs on their final drive and
Alcorn ran out the clock.

The loss overshadowed a tremendous performance for Lacey, who set a new A&M record for career rushing yards. He finished the game with 205 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, A&M outgained Alcorn 406-211.

Mississippi Valley State 45, Grambling State 21
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) -- Garrick Jones ran for first-half touchdowns of 70 and 43 yards, and Marcus Randle threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead Mississippi Valley State to a victory Saturday over Grambling State.

Jones replaced Randle at quarterback for the Delta Devils (2-4, 2-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) at the start of the second quarter. After a 20-yard completion on third-and-6 from the MVSU 10, Jones broke free for his 70-yard touchdown to make it 10-0.

His 43-yard score came on a second-and-8 play after a 24-yard completion to Julian Stafford.

Randle was back at quarterback in the second half and found Stafford for touchdowns of 65 and 51 yards and Brandon Stansell for a 34-yarder. Stafford also returned a kickoff 88 yards for a third-quarter score and had 162 receiving yards on seven catches.

The Delta Devils are now 5-48-2 against the Tigers (0-6, 0-5).

Southern 34, Texas Southern 7
BATON ROUGE (AP) -- Dray Joseph's two touchdown passes and a dominant defense led Southern University past Texas Southern 34-7 in a Southwest Athletic Conference showdown Saturday.

Southern (3-3, 2-2) got off to a fast start. Following a 19-yard field goal by Matthew Hill on the team's first possession, Terrence Clayton Jr.'s 30-yard run on Southern's next possession gave the Jaguars a 10-0 lead. Clayton finished with 57 yards on 12 carries.

Texas Southern (1-6, 1-4) was unable to keep pace, getting outscored 34-0 to begin the game.

Joseph's two second-half touchdown strikes put the game out of reach for the Tigers. 67 and 46-yard bombs to Mike Berry and William Waddel, respectively, made the score 34-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Texas Southern avoided the shutout late as Rudolph Johnson found Jaquaa Peters through the air for a 21-yard touchdown.