BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham, Alabama is known around the world as the Magic City. It hosts the number one black college football game the Magic City Classic. In the 70th edition head coach Anthony Jones and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the number one black college football team the Hornets of Alabama State University 20-19.
The win marks six straight for the tenth year coach and his squad. It also secured Jones his eighth winning season at the helm of the Maroon & White program. Not since 2005, when the Bulldogs went to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship has A&M reeled off six victories in a row.
“It’s a great feeling to get this win,” Jones mentioned. “The players executed the game plan and the coaches did a great job preparing them.”
A&M’s defense held the Hornets, who were averaging 27.7 points per game and 303.1 yards a contest, to 19 points and 296 yards. Senior Corey Hart came up big for A&M with two sacks and three tackles for loss of 10 yards.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a Chance Wilson 19 yard field goal. A&M extended its lead when Terrance Pride took a reverse around the right side of the field and scored a 17 yard rushing touchdown his first of the season.
In the second quarter the Maroon & White built a 17-0 lead when junior running back Kaderius Lacey scored his sixth TD of the season with a 17 yard scamper.
The Hornets finally got on the scoreboard when their kicker, Bobby Wenzig, hit a 48 yard field goal. Wenzig then it a 46 yarder to bring ASU within 11 before half-time making the score 17-6.
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