Alcorn State falls one touchdown short in loss to Alabama State

Published 11:59 pm Saturday, October 24, 2009

MONTOGMERY, Ala. (AP) — Anthony Speight threw two touchdown passes and Alabama State defeated Alcorn State 24-17 on Saturday.

Speight broke a 7-7 tie when he completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nick Andrews with 9:47 remaining in the second quarter.

The Hornets (4-3, 1-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led the rest of the way as they snapped a three-game losing streak, and defeated Alcorn State (2-4, 2-2) for the seventh straight time.

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Speight was 15-for-23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. His 11-yard pass to Darius Mathis with 1:58 remaining in the first half gave Alabama State a 24-7 lead.

Mathis finished with 45 yards on four catches and Andrews had three receptions for 52 yards for the Hornets.

Alcorn State was led by Tim Buckley with 355 yards and two touchdowns on 33-for-60 passing. Edward Johnson had 187 yards on 15 catches.

Alcorn scored its first touchdown in the first quarter on a 6-yard pass from Buckley to Johnson.

The Braves didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, when Johnson had another touchdown reception, this time for 7 yards.

With 2:08 to go in the game, Alcorn got on the board one more time with a 32-yard field goal by Ryan McMahon.

Alcorn finished with just 25 yards rushing, led by Arnold Walker, who tallied 34 yards on eight carries. Buckley added 19 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Anto DeJarnett was the Braves’ second leading receiver, with 54 yards on one catch. Larry Moore added 43 yards on five catches and Aaron Shavers tallied 39 yards on four receptions.

Carl Harris led the Braves on defense, with five solo tackles and eight assists. Josh Cragin had five solo tackles and five assists, and Malcolm Taylor tallied five solo tackles and three assists. Ricardo Hill had a fumble recovery for 15 yards.