Alabama State has that Magical feeling

A revived Alabama State holds off Alabama A&M at Magic City Classic.

Break up the Hornets. Alabama State interim coach Donald Hill-Eley has won two games in a row and revived ASU nation with a 21-16 victory over Alabama A&M in the 2017 Magic City Classic.

The packed house at Legion Field had to wait until the second half to see some offense but that was okay for many.  The Magic City Classic weekend started early for a lot of ASU and A&M fans alike.  RV’s, grills and pop-up shops have been entrenched in Birmingham since Thursday and even earlier, the game can often be just a backdrop for the overall fun of the week.



Offense shows up late

The flow of the game did pick up after halftime, in the first half, however, it was all defense, the Hornets with a pick six and the Bulldogs with a safety.  AAMU took the lead in the 3rd quarter when Octayvious Miles scored on a three-yard run to make the score 9-7.

Alabama State put the pressure on AAMU with two unanswered scores.  The first a 12-yard run from Alex Anderson that was questionable at best.  The ball appeared to be coming out of his hands as he dove into the end zone, but the initial ruling of a touchdown was upheld.

Darryl Pearson seemed to put the game out of reach with 2:41 to go in the fourth when he found Chett LeVay for an 8-yard touchdown.  Alabama State was up 21-9, but AAMU scored 42 seconds later on a Jordan Bentley touchdown to make it 21-16.



The Bulldogs had one last chance to make some magic of their own in Birmingham with 38 seconds left, but couldn’t convert a 4th and 10, allowing ASU to run out the clock and celebrate the victory.


Alabama State will take their winning streak to Jackson State, who just got its first win of the season on Saturday against Mississippi Valley State.  Alabama A&M travels to Alcorn State in a game that will carry a lot of weight in the race for the SWAC Eastern Division.

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