Brandon Wells Leads AAMU Comeback Victory
NORMAL – It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t the best way to win but it was a win as the Alabama A&M football team claimed 12-10 victory over the Tigers of Texas Southern Saturday evening.
Although Jaymason Lee started the game at quarterback it took Brandon Wells to win the contest as he scored the game winning run. Lee went nine of 23 for 90 yards while Wells finished two of three for 33 yards. Montaurius Smith caught seven balls for 52 yards to lead A&M in the receptions category. Running back Barrington Scott rushed the ball 22 times for 85 yards setting up Brandon Eldemire who carried the ball six times for 85 yards and a touchdown. Free safety A.J. Clark led the team in tackles with nine and a tackle for loss.
The scoring got started after Scott rushed the ball nine times allowing Eldemire to break free for a 64 yard strike for his longest of the year. A&M went up 6-0 after the extra point was missed by Jordan Puente.
The Tigers would get points on the board after a 14 play 69 yard drive that ended with a 35 yard field goal to end the first half with AAMU up 6-3.
The scoring didn’t get started again until the fifth drive of the third quarter when Texas Southern scored a six-yard touchdown to give them a 10-6 lead at end of the third quarter.
With the contest on the line and the visitors up by four, head coach Anthony Jones decided he seen enough of Lee and put in Brandon Wells, broken finger and all, to give the Bulldogs another dimension on offense. Wells, with running ability, ran the ball for 13 yards on two carries and threw the ball for 33 yards on two of three passing to give AAMU their chance to win the game with an eight play 49 yard drive that saw Wells rush for a four yard TD to give A&M a 12-10 lead and eventually the win.
“Wells came in and did some things the right way and got us the go ahead touchdown,” mentioned Jones.
“We won the game and our main objective was to score one more point than the other team. We achieved that objective, Thank God,” said Jones. “We did some good things but we just didn’t do enough. We threw the ball and got into point blank range but came up with nothing. What I’m hoping for better play by our team.
“We wanted to win the game and we did enough to do that,” Jones recalled. We are not making proper decisions on offense or defense. We are missing check downs and blocks. We have to do better in all aspects of the game.”
A&M will have their opportunity to do just that as Mississippi Valley visits “The Hill” on Saturday, Sept. 5 for Homecoming 2013. Game time is set at 1:00 p.m. at Louis Crews stadium.
Courtesy: AAMU Media Relations