MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State and South Carolina State found themselves in a defensive stalemate through much of the game with just one score through the first 56 minutes of the contest, and then combined for a pair of touchdowns in the final 3:05 of the contest.
But it was the Bulldogs who got the final score of the game with just over one minute remaining to defeat Alabama State 14-7 on Saturday inside ASU Stadium.
South Carolina State (2-1) jumped on the board first with a 12-yard run by Alex James on the game's opening possession to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 11:44 remaining in the first quarter. Alabama State (2-2) had its chances in the first half to put points on the board as they fumbled inside the South Carolina State 40 early in the second quarter before missing a pair of field goals late in the half.
The Hornets had a chance to score early in the third but turned the ball over on downs inside the South Carolina State 10. However, they were finally able to get on the board and tie things up on a Ryan Nettles eight-yard touchdown pass to Wallace Corker after the defense forced a turnover with 3:05 remaining in the contest. However, South Carolina State answered right back with a seven play 59 yard drive that ended with a 17 pass from Corey Fields to Shaquan Davis to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 1:17 to play.
Alabama State had one last chance as they moved the ball down the field with just one timeout remaining, but South Carolina State held at their own 24 as time expired.
Nettles finished the day 20-for-37 for 191 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while connecting with seven different receivers. Michael Jefferson and Ezra Gray each finished with five receptions each, while Gray finished the day with just 36 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, Irshaad Davis finished with a team-high 11 tackles including a tackle for loss while Jaquan Foote finished with eight tackles in his first action of the year.
Alabama State returns to action Saturday at home against Mississippi Valley State in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action. The game is the last home contest for the Hornets in the spring season and can be seen on the CW Montgomery, and it will also be carried by the Hornet Sports Network.
S.C. State gets back on the gridiron in two weeks (April 17( when they travel to Dover, Delaware to fact the Hornets of Delaware State.