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Alabama State 20, Alabama A&M 13

October 26, 1997

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Darnell Kennedy hit Damon Hodge for a 70-yard touchdown pass to highlight Alabama State’s 20-13 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.

In the second quarter of the 56th annual Magic City Classic, Kennedy connected with Hodge to give the Division I-AA Hornets (2-6) a 14-7 lead they never relinquished against their Division II rivals.

Later in the quarter, A&M quarterback Valeska Johnson hit Miguel Eldridge for a 35-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point failed and the Bulldogs (5-3) never got any closer.

Alex Bartlett kicked a 22-yard field goal for Alabama State to give the Hornets a 17-13 halftime lead.

Bartlett’s fourth-quarter field goal of 32 yards was the only score of a rain-soaked second half.

Tyrone Rogers’ 62-yard fumble recovery started the scoring for Alabama State early in the second quarter. Archie Turner returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to put Alabama A&M on the board.

Johnson went 7-for-22 for 91 yards and an interception for A&M, while Kennedy completed just 8 of 24 passes for Alabama State.

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