Alabama State 31, Southern 30: Hornets hold on

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BATON ROUGE, LA. — Greg Jenkins passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns as Alabama State held on to beat Southern University 31-30 Saturday in a Southwest Athletic Conference showdown.

Malcolm Cyrus had 11 carries for 126 and a touchdown, and Isaiah Crowell had 17 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing 28-14 to begin the third quarter, Southern’s (3-7, 2-6) Charles Hawkins returned the second half kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 28-21.

After trading two field goals late in the third quarter, Alabama State (7-3, 7-2) entered the fourth quarter leading 31-24.

Following a missed 43-yard field goal by Bobby Wenzing, with 3:05 remaining Dray Joseph led Southern on a 10-play, 45-yard drive resulting in what looked to be the tying touchdown with 20 seconds left to play.

Instead of tying the game by kicking the extra-point, Southern attempted to go for the win with the two-point conversion. Joseph’s pass fell incomplete as Alabama State held on for the victory.

“We’re happy with it,” ASU coach Reggie Barlow said. “Whenever you can come on the road and play a really good team, you’ll take the victory. Southern is a good team. They fought like all get out, but our guys withstood the test, and we’ll take the victory.”

The Hornets have an open date next week before opening ASU’s new stadium on Thanksgiving Day against Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic at 3 p.m.

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