Alcorn State Clinches Eastern Division Title
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With its 41-14 win over Alabama A&M University Saturday, Nov. 8, the Alcorn State University football team clinched its first Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division title in program history. The Braves (8-2, 6-1 SWAC) will face the western division champion in the 2014 Toyota SWAC Football Championship on December 6 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
“It’s a good day to be an Alcornite,” said head coach Jay Hopson. “We’re headed to Houston. Big, big win. I couldn’t be happier. These players, these coaches, they did a tremendous job.”
This year marks their first chance to play for the title in the championship game era. It has been 20 years since Alcorn split the SWAC title with Grambling State and 22 since they earned it outright.
The Braves have the nation’s highest scoring offense after 10 weeks of play. They average an FCS high 45.1 points per game and feature the country’s most efficient running back in Darryan Ragsdale. The 6-0, 198-lbs junior running back holds sole possession of first in the FCS for rush yards per carry with 8.68.
Alcorn has been ranked as high as No. 24 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll and are currently still receiving votes.
“It’s good to get this taken care of,” Hopson added. “We know we still got some tough games on the schedule.”
Despite already punching their ticket, the Braves will still need to close out the regular season. But to their benefit, both games are at home. Alcorn hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff (November 15) and eastern division rival Jackson State (November 22).