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Alabama State wins, sets up big Magic City Classic with A&M

Nick Andrews became Alabama State's all-time leader in receptions and his 34-yard touchdown reception helped the Hornets to a 20-7 win over Prairie View A&M Saturday afternoon at Cramton Bowl in matchup of division leaders in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. 

Andrews caught nine passes for 118 yards and one touchdown as Alabama State improved to 6-1 overall, 6-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for the first time since the 2005 season. Prairie View (4-3, 4-2) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Andrews caught the record-setting pass in the third quarter, surpassing Damon Hodge (176). Andrews now has 178 receptions for 2,429yards and an ASU record 26 touchdowns. He is just 108 yards shy of the Hornets' receiving yards record.

"I want to give thanks to God first and foremost for winning the game," Andrews said. "Without the offensive line and quarterbacks I've played with, I wouldn't have the record. I thank them for that." 

The Hornets took advantage of a PV fumble to set up the first score of the game. DE Carlton Jones' fumble recovery led to QB Greg Jenkins' 10-yard touchdown run for 7-0 Alabama State lead just 1:35 into the game.

Alabama State took advantage of great field position in the second quarter to extend its lead. Andrews caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to extend the Hornets' lead to 14-0 with 8:47 to play until halftime.

An eight-play, 33-yard drive ended with Bobby Wenzig's 39-yard field goal on the final play of the half as Alabama State took a 17-0 lead.

"I'm excited about the victory," head coach Reggie Barlow said. "It's another big win for us. We're 6-0 in the conference and we hope to keep it moving."

In the second quarter, the Hornets' defense made perhaps the biggest stop of the game. ASU stopped Prairie View twice at the one-yard line, including CB Saeed Lee's tackle of RB Courtney Brown.

"We want our best guys on the field when our backs are against the wall," Barlow said.  "The players believed they could get the stop. They went out and did it. Coach Thornton did a good job all year preparing the defense and we're happy about that." 

FS Kejuan Riley made his sixth interception of the season in the fourth quarter and now has 14 career interceptions, sixth most in ASU history since 1970.

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