HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --- Tennessee State made a gallant comeback, but the Tigers rally fell short as host Alabama A&M held on to defeat the Tigers 31-24 Saturday night.
The Tigers dug themselves the early hole, falling behind 31-2. The Tigers fought back to score 22 unanswered points and had opportunities for the tying score, but came away short. TSU's last drive ended with a pass interception at the A&M 36-yard line with 58 seconds.
The Tigers scored two TD's within a span of six seconds to get back into the game. Charles Anthony scored on a 55-yard run. After Carlos Wright recovered the ensuing kickoff, Riley Walker completed a 30-yard scoring pass to Ronald Jackson on the next play.
TSU would close the gap to a touchdown on a 14-yard screen pass from Walker to Anthony with at the 8:05 mark of the final period.
A&M led 24-2 at halftime. A&M took the opening drive and went 70 yards in 11 plays with Tom Robinson throwing to Nicholas Wells for a 24-tard scoring play. A&M added second quarter scores on runs of one-yard by Jeremiah Bonds and a 32-yard run by Lanier Rush. Rashad Cylar booted a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half.
TSU scored its only first half points on a safety when a snap went over the punter's head threw the end zone for a safety.
A&M would score its final points early in the third period as Bonds broke loose for a 45-yard scoring run on the Bulldogs first possession of the half before TSU began its rally.