Alabama State upsets Alcorn in five overtimes

Published 7:50 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018

LORMAN (AP) — Hunter Hanson kicked a 37-yard field goal in the fifth overtime period to give Alabama State a 28-25 win over Alcorn State on Saturday.

Hanson had earlier made good on a 38-yard attempt that gave the Hornets (2-3, 1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a brief 25-22 edge.

Alcorn State’s Corey McCullough finally hit a field goal — from 39 yards — to tie the game and send it into the fifth overtime. He missed six attempts on the day, including one from 29 yards that would have won it for the Braves as regulation time expired.

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“We just have to kick the next one and move on from that. We missed six field goals and that’s tough,” Alcorn coach Fred McNair said. “We rely on the kicker to win ball games, we just have to play better. We’re not playing well. We had some good runs. We still have some things that we need to fix. We as coaches need to work on what we’re doing on offense.”

KHA’Darris Davis threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets.
Davis threw a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, one to Joe Williams and the other to Michael Jefferson, and the Braves led 14-7 at halftime.

De’Shawn Waller ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns for the Braves (4-2, 3-1), including one early in the fourth quarter that tied the game 14-all, setting up the first overtime period.

As a team, Alcorn rushed the ball 69 times including 20 carries for 94 yards by senior P.J. Simmons. The Braves outrushed the Hornets 408-85.

“We just had a lot of drive killers. We threw a couple picks. We had turnovers. We had a fumble on the one-yard line that killed a drive. We just have to play better ball. We played mediocre,” McNair said.