BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Aqeel Glass passed for 321 yards and four touchdowns and Gray Quarles ran for 126 yards and two scores to lead Alabama A&M to a 42-28 victory over Alabama State in Southwestern Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
Glass connected with Dee Anderson for a 37-yard TD and a 7-0 lead for the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-3) after one quarter. Glass hooked up with Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim for a 55-yard TD and Quarles followed with a 17-yard scoring run and a 21-0 lead for A&M. Alabama State (3-4, 2-3) put together three scoring drives — using TD passes from Ryan Nettles to Kisean Johnson and Wallace Corker and a 16-yard TD run by Ezra Gray — to even the score at 21 with 12:16 remaining in the third quarter. The tie lasted just 1:47.
Glass capped a five-play, 72-yard drive on the ensuing possession with a 37-yard scoring strike to Odieu Hilaire and Quarles scored on a 1-yard run on the Bulldogs’ next possession to push the lead to two scores. Nettles and Corker connected for a second TD to get the Hornets within 35-28 with 9:15 left in the game, but Glass answered again — hitting Johnson for a 28-yard TD — to salt away the victory.
Glass completed 20 of 33 passes. Ibrahim finished with six receptions for 104 yards.
Nettles connected on 24 of 38 passes for 243 yards for Alabama State with three TDs and an interception. Gray ran for 91 yards on 12 carries. Jeremiah Hixson had 10 catches for 116 yards, while Corker snagged six passes for 73 yards.