MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tim Clark rushed for a career high 143 yards and one touchdown in leading Alabama State to a 30-21 victory over Tuskegee in the 88th Turkey Day Classic.
Leading 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Clark's 39-yard run into Tuskegee territory set up his game-clinching one-yard scoring run with 1:20 remaining.
"I played to the best of my ability, for the coaches, for the team and the rest of the seniors," said Clark, who also scored on a 17-yard scoring pass to earn Offensive MVP honors. "It's our Super Bowl. It's huge. We wanted to go out strong and finish."
Alabama State (8-3) led 23-7 at halftime, and withstood a late rally by the Golden Tigers. Tuskegee (4-6) scored second-half touchdowns on an Adam Lucus 31-yard interception return and DeMario Pippen 11-yard touchdown run to cut its deficit to two points.
"I'm proud of our guys today," head coach Reggie Barlow said of his Hornets won the Turkey Day Classic for the first time since 2008.
"We have nine seniors that have been here with us and they fought hard. We wanted to win it for them and it's a big win for us."
On a day in which Alabama State honored its 1991 SWAC and HBCU National Championship team, Alabama State came out swinging in the first quarter.
The Hornets got off to their best start of the season, scoring a season-high 17 first quarter points.
A Bobby Wenzig 29-yard field goal ended a 14-play, 82-yard drive that gave the Hornets a 3-0 lead with 7:47 to play in the opening quarter.
WR Nick Andrews' nine-yard touchdown catch on the next drive was the 200th reception of his career and gave the Hornets a 10-0 lead. FS Kejuan Riley's ninth interception of the season set up Alabama State's third score of the opening period, a one-yard touchdown run by Greg Jenkins to give the Hornets a 17-0 lead.
Riley added seven tackles and was named Defensive MVP. After a two-yard touchdown run by Pippen got Tuskegee on the board in the second quarter, Alabama State extended its lead.