NORMAL, Ala. --- Tennessee State made the comeback to take a lead into the fourth quarter, but host Alabama A&M scored a fourth quarter TD and held back the Tigers to take a 25-21 win Saturday evening.
Special teams play was a factor for both teams in the defensive struggle. The Tigers were limited to 154 yards of total offense while A&M compiled 233 total offensive yards. A&M had a long punt return and a long kickoff return that setup two TD's. The Tigers had a punt return of their own for what proved to be the go-ahead TD in the third period.
The Tigers trailed 11-6 at halftime and 18-6 before striking back. Ronald Jackson was on the receiving end of a 19-yard pass from Kenny Irby and Carlos Wright's 66-yard punt return gave TSU its first lead since early in the first period. Charles Anthony rushed for the two-point conversion.
A&M drove for what proved to be the winning score on a 13-play, 70-yard march. The drive concluded with quarterback Tim Robinson keeping the ball for a 6-yard scoring run to make the score 25-21 with 10:50 remaining.
The Tigers had to punt and were stopped on downs before having the ball back in the final seconds, but the game ended with TSU in possession at its own 20-yard line.
The Tigers will have an open week before having homecoming Oct. 26 against Tennessee-Martin.