ASU Defense vs UAPB

MONTGOMERY – Malcolm Cyrus rushed for 188 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in leading Alabama State to a 42-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

“This was a great opportunity for our team to play on national television here in our stadium,” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said.  “I thought the atmosphere was really good and our student body really came out and cheered us on and we were excited about that.”

“It was a good effort offensively.  We talked about establishing the run and eventually try to take some shots and then run it some more.  We were really good in the running game tonight. We had a couple of big plays from Davis and Bell which was outstanding and our defense was combative and they took on the challenge of trying to contain Ben (Anderson), their really good quarterback, and for the most part I thought we did a good job.”

Cyrus had a career-high 29 carries in rushing for the season-high yardage.  It was the third consecutive week Cyrus has rushed for more yardage than the week before and he did it all in three quarters as the backups played the entire fourth quarter on both offense and defense.  He now has rushed for 612 yards and four scores during the first four games.

“It was a collective team win for us, 2-0 in the SWAC,” Cyrus said.  “The offensive line blocked real, real good and I can’t take all the credit.  We have a good defensive line so we go up against the best every day.  We came out with the “W” and that’s all that matters.”