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Jackson St. 27, Alcorn St 17

November 24, 1996

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Carlos Knight rushed for 119 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Jackson State to a 27-17 victory over instate rival Alcorn State and clinch the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.

Jackson State (10-1, 6-1) won its sixth-straight game and won its second consecutive conference title.

Alcorn (4-7, 3-4) suffered its fourth straight loss in the match-up that has come to be called the Capital City Classic.

Jackson State took a 10-0 first quarter lead on a 4-yard TD pass from Grailyn Pratt to Jerome Young and a 35-yard field goal from Adam Harris.

Alcorn State, which gained only 2 yards in the first quarter, used a 43-yard field goal from David Jakana to narrow the lead to 10-3 with 6:12 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers held a 13-3 lead at the half.

Kobe Jenkins’ 2-yard fumble recovery for a TD brought Alcorn within 13-10 with 8:54 left in the third quarter. Three minutes later, Knight scored on a 16-yard run to push Jackson State ahead 20-10.

Alcorn responded with Marcus Taylor passing 31 yards to Vincent Thompson for another touchdown, making the score 20-17.

Knight sealed the victory with a 3-yard TD run with 5:59 left in the game.

Jackson State now awaits a Division I-AA playoff bid to be announced on Sunday.

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