MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Alabama State head football coach Reggie Barlow addressed the media on the Southwestern Athletic Conference's weekly coaches teleconference Monday morning.
Coach Barlow reflected on Saturday's game at Jackson State and then turned his attention to this week's opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"Our game at Jackson State was a fun game to be a part of," Barlow said. "I thought you had two teams that were really competing and we have never played them this early in the season."
"I've always had a lot of respect for that program, its tradition, the type of players they have there and Coach Comegy. We knew it would be a tough game and we would have to compete for the entire game. We got off to a really good start and had some explosive plays. I thought the big turn was right before the half when we got a short punt and was not able to come away with any points. They got the ball back and drove it down the field and scored right before the half." Barlow added, "In the second half they had guys that just made plays. We came with a lot of pressure and played man defense and their quarterback would get the ball off before the pressure and they had some receivers that made some really good catches."
The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the reigning SWAC Champion, beating Jackson State for that title last season.
After playing JSU this past week and facing UAPB this week it means the Hornets have to play the two teams that participated in that championship game in back-to-back weeks, with both games coming on the road.
"They (UAPB) are the champs," Barlow said. "They are going to be well coached and play hard and this will be their first home game so their fans will be excited and their players will be excited to be back home. It will be a huge challenge for us to make that trip over there and we have to get our guys ready to play."
The kickoff in Pine Bluff is set for 4 p.m. with the game to be shown live on ESPN3 with a tape delay broadcast set to be shown on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. It is the second consecutive week the Hornets will be on ESPN3/ESPNU.