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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State head football coach Reggie Barlow addressed the media on the SWAC Weekly Coaches Teleconference reflecting on Saturday's win against Texas Southern and this week's home game against Jackson State. 

The Hornets (4-2, 4-1) played their most complete game of the season in the 45-0 win over the Tigers last week. Alabama State gained more than 430 total yards, including nearly 300 rushing yards. The defense held Texas Southern to a season-low 133 yards and forced five turnovers in blanking Texas Southern. 

"We were excited to have an opportunity to play at home in front of our home crowd," Barlow said. "The last time we played here (in a loss against Arkansas-Pine Bluff) it didn't fare to well. Our guys were pretty focused. We were able to get off to a good start. Our defense..was outstanding; got a couple of turnovers for us. We were happy and excited about that. Offensively, our running backs stepped up and did a good job." 

This week the Hornets return home to face Jackson State is a crucial Eastern Division matchup for both teams. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Cramton Bowl, with the game being broadcast live on WVAS 90.7 FM and video streamed live on bamastatesports.com. It's the Breast Cancer Awareness Game as part of the Think Pink Weekend, as all fans are asked to wear pink with their ASU gear this weekend. 

The Tigers (2-4, 2-2) need a win to stay alive in the East race, as both teams look to stay in the hunt for the title. Jackson State is coming off a 34-24 loss at West Division leader Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  

"Jackson State is a program that has always done really well; a lot of good players there," Barlow said. "They have the biggest defensive line I've seen in a long time, and of course they are really physical. Last week, they had three guys rush for over 100 yards, which means there's a lot of toteing the mail. We have our work cut out for us. We haven't done particularly well in (stopping) the running game early on. We've gotten a little better, but we know we have our work cut out for us. We're excited again about having a home game, and we'll go from there." 

Crowell, Wenzig Earn SWAC Honors: RB Isaiah Crowell was named SWAC Newcomer of the Week, and K/P Bobby Wenzig was named SWAC Specialist of the Week for their efforts against Texas Southern. 

Crowell (SO, RB, 5-11/190, Columbus, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 149 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns against Texas Southern. Crowell had touchdown runs of 63 (career-long) and 32 yards, both in the second quarter.  

Wenzig (JR, K/P,6-2/185, San Diego, Ca.) earns the award for the second straight week and fourth time this season. Averaged 48.8 yards on five punts, with career-high tying four downed inside the 20. Averaged season-long 63.4 yards per kickoff with career-high 3 touchbacks. Made career-high tying six PATs for second straight week and one field goal, scoring season-high 9 points. 

NOTABLES vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN:

• Alabama State tied a season-high with five takeaways (3 INT,2 fum). 

• The Hornets had two 21-point scoring quarters (2nd and 4th) and have had four 20+ scoring quarters this season. 

• The Hornets' 293 rushing yards is the most in the Reggie Barlow era. 

• RB Isaiah Crowell has 60+-yard touchdown runs in consecutive games.

• Michael Showers had a career-high eight tackles and first career interception.

 • It was the first shutout by the Hornets since 2010, a 24-0 win over Savannah State.  

• For the first time:  WR Demario Bell caught first career TD pass (23 yards) in fourth quarter...QB Daniel Duhart scored first career TD (five yard run) in fourth quarter...CB Darius Knox had the first two interceptions of his career.

INFORMATION SOURCE: ASU Athletics Dept.

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