Tim Clark rushed for a career high 106 yards and a career-best three touchdowns as Alabama State defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 28-12 Saturday afternoon at UAPB's Golden Lion Stadium.
Clark scored on touchdown runs of 2, 7, and a career-long 71-yard run as Alabama State (7-2 overall, 7-1 SWAC) bounded back from its first conference loss of the season in resounding fashion. UAPB fell to 4-5, 3-4.
"This week we were really focused and wanted to come back out and put a good game together," head coach Reggie Barlow said. "I thought in all three phases we did some positive things and we were able to come away with a victory."
The Hornets started fast, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game.
After a Nick Andrews' 30-yard punt return, the Hornets drove 63 yards in nine plays, ending with Clark's two-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead with 11:43 to play in the first quarter.
The ASU defense stopped the Golden Lions on their opening drive, with Demarques Taylor stopping Torrence Shelton Jr. on fourth-and-one at the Hornets' nine-yard line.
That led to a seven-play, 91-yard drive which ended in Nehemiah Henry's career-long 51-yard catch and run from QB Devin Dominguez for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 3:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Dominguez made his second start of the season in place of the injured Greg Jenkins (hip) and completed 19 of 36 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions.
"I'm not surprised," Barlow said of Dominguez' performance. "Dominguez is a pro. He understands the game and did a good job for us. He took ownership of the game plan and did a good job of managing the game. That's all we ask of him, and we know he can do it."
Markinley Saint Fort, who led the Hornets' with a carer-hig- first-career interception at the Hornets' six-yard line late in the second quarter preserved the first-half shutout.
Leland Baker recovered a fumble on the first play of the third quarter to set up the Hornets' third touchdown of the game. Clark scored on a seven-yard-run two plays later to extend to a 21-0 Alabama State lead less than a minute into the third quarter.
Leading 21-3, Saeed Lee's fifth-interception of the season in the end zone negated another potential scoring threat, and the Hornets wasted no time converting the turnover to a touchdown.
Clark scored for the third time three plays later, dashing 71 yards down the near sideline for a 28-3 ASU lead with 8:19 to play in the third quarter.
"Tim has that type of ability," Barlow said. "He's an elusive runner, protects well, and is a smart guy. He's one of our team leaders and I'm happy he played well today. He had a long run for us and those are the type plays we are going to need from these guys as we finish the season."
Alabama State hosts Southern next Saturday at 1 p.m at Cramton Bowl.