November 16, 2019 | via AP and AlcornSports.com
LORMAN, Miss. — Felix Harper threw four touchdown passes — three to LeCharles Pringle — and their 44-yard TD connection proved the difference in Alcorn State’s 34-28 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.
That pass play with 11:44 remaining marked the Braves’ (7-3, 5-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) second lead of the game. They went up 27-21 when Harper threw a 42-yard TD pass to Raidarious Anderson with 9:27 left in the third.
Prior to that the Bulldogs (6-5, 3-3) were in control.
Alabama A&M outgained the Braves 531-522 in total yards and held time of possession 32:32-27:28. The Bulldogs were also 7 of 14 on third-down conversions to 4 of 10 for Alcorn State.
Harper was 18-of-27 passing for 288 yards, Pringle had four receptions for 113 yards and Niko Duffey had 17 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Bentley for the Bulldogs had 245 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored four times.
The Braves clinched their 6th consecutive SWAC East division and the fourth under head coach Fred McNair. Alcorn State won the SWAC championship game in 3 of the previous 5 years.
Coach Fred McNair On Winning Another SWAC East Division Title:
“That’s a testament to this whole team and coaching staff the way they came into this season with the attitude of winning a sixth division title. It’s something we focused on during the course of camp. We talked about getting back to the Celebration Bowl and the SWAC Championship, this was a stride we needed to make and win the East Division title to get to those points. The team fought hard today and overcame a lot of adversity.”
Alcorn State is the first school to play in six consecutive championship games. They are 17-2 against SWAC East division opponents over the last five seasons.
Additional Game Notes
- Alcorn will become the first-ever institution to play in six consecutive SWAC Championship games.
- The Braves have beaten (Alabama A&M) Bulldogs six years in a row and tied the all-time series 12-12.
- Alcorn extended its home-winning streak to nine games. The program is 85-53 all-time in Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.