Alcorn State rallied to beat Southern 20-17

Alcorn State rallied to beat Southern 20-17
October 6, 2012, 10:37 pm
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LORMAN, Miss. (AP) Jordan Payne ran for two touchdowns as Alcorn State rallied to beat Southern University 20-17 on Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

The Braves opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run from freshman backup quarterback Payne.

Alcorn State (2-4, 2-2) then jumped ahead 14-0 after John Gibbs connected with Joe Price on a 42-yard strike.

Four different quarterbacks took snaps for the Braves.

Southern (2-3, 1-2), however, did not give up, tying the game 14-all behind a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown by Virgil Williams. Southern took a 20-17 lead after Greg Pittman converted his first career field goal.

Alcorn State and Southern traded possessions until the Braves got the ball on their 29 with 6:10 remaining for the final drive of the game.

The Braves drove to the Jaguars 1 and capped the 14-play drive with a touchdown run from Payne with 20 seconds remaining.