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ASU looks ahead following loss to Ark-Pine Bluff

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Alabama State head football coach Reggie Barlow addressed the media on the SWAC Weekly Coaches Teleconference reflecting on last week's loss against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and this week's conference game at Alcorn State. 

A late fourth-quarter rally came up short for the Hornets in a 24-21 loss to UAPB Thursday night in front of a crowd of more than 18,000 fans on Faith, Family and Military Night live on ESPNU. 

"It was a really nice atmosphere," head coach Reggie Barlow said. "We were blessed to have an opportunity to be on ESPNU for coverage of that game. It was good for our University and our team. Our fans were really out (in support). It was one of the biggest crowds we had. It was a fun game to be a part of, all except the end result. We knew Pine Bluff was a really good team. I enjoyed watching them on tape prior to playing them. They played well as a team; they have a lot of good players. They came in and got momentum on us and played well. We just didn't put ourselves in a good situation to win the game." 

The Hornets (2-2 overall, 2-1 SWAC), in the midst of a stretch of nine consecutive conference games over the next 10 weeks, travel to face Alcorn State (1-3, 1-1). The Braves, under first-year head coach Jay Hopson, won their SWAC opener against Grambling State to open the season and lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in their home opener. Alcorn State also lost non-conference games to James Madison and Arkansas State. 

"It's another SWAC game, an important game for us and an important game for them," Barlow said of the 2 p.m. matchup at Jack Spinks Stadium (WVAS 90.7 FM). "Coach Hopson has been doing a good job of bring his guys together. Being new to the conference and getting there when he did, we know they'll do some good things to get ready for our game. Alcorn has good players, and great offensive and defensive systems. We have our work cut out for us again. This is SWAC play, so every week it's exciting and important. We have to get our guys ready to play." 

The Hornets return to practice Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. 

Roberts Named Defensive Player of the Week: LB Brandon Roberts was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. 

Roberts (6-2, 225, SR, Winter Haven, Fla.) made a career high 15 tackles (nine solo) and one tackle for loss in last Thursday's game. He leads the Hornets in tackles with 36. 

Roberts joins teammates DT Micky Jackson (Week 2 Newcomer of the Week) and P/K Bobby Wenzig (Week 2 and 3 Specialist of the Week) to earn league honors.

NOTABLES vs. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF:

• Alabama State saw its streak of 33 consecutive games with a takeaway end. It was the first time since Sept. 26, 2009 vs. Miss. Valley State in Chicago the Hornets did not force a turnover. 

• QB Greg Jenkins' 102-yard rushing effort was a career-high. It was the first 100-yard rushing game by an Alabama State player since Tim Clark's 143-yard rushing game vs. Tuskegee on Nov. 24, 2011 in the Turkey Day Classic. 

• RB Isaiah Crowell's four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his fifth of the season, tying his career high set in 2011 at the University of Georgia. 

• WR T.C. McWilliams' moved to  eighth place on the Alabama State career list of receptions with 106, moving past Darius Mathis (103 from 2007-09) and breaking a tie with Horace Brooks (1989-92) and Alphus Shipman (1994-97), each with 102 receptions. 

• For the first time: RB Malcolm Cyrus scored his first career touchdown on a 13-yard run in the third quarter...TE Justin Robinson scored his first career TD on a 17-yard reception in the fourth quarter...QB/WR Darren Daniel made his first career catch, a 23-yard reception in the second quarter. 

• WR Cornelius Fenderson set a career high with two catches for 47 yards, including a 33-yard catch in the third quarter. All three of Fenderson's career receptions have come against UAPB, as he caught one pass for four yards in last season's game. 

• LB Brandon Roberts made a career-high 15 tackles (career-high nine solo; 1.0 TFL). 

• P Bobby Wenzig averaged 50.1 yards on eight punts with a long of 57. Wenzig had a career-best five punts of at least 50 yards and tied a career-high with four punts downed inside the 20. 

• It is the sixth consecutive game the Hornets have had at least 30 carries in a game. It's the eighth straight game Alabama State has had at least two rushing touchdowns in a game and the 13th straight game with at least one rushing touchdown.

INFORMATION SOURCE: ASU Athletics Dept. 

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