Alabama A&M 20, Alabama St. 17

Updated: October 25, 2003, 10:41 PM ET

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rashad Cylar kicked four field goals and Nicholas Wells caught the go-ahead touchdown as Alabama A&M defeated Alabama State 20-17 on Saturday, leaving the schools tied atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Eastern Division.

Both teams now have 3-2 league records. Jackson State, which had been in second, fell into third place at 2-2 after a 24-17 loss Saturday night to Western Division co-leader Grambling State.

Cylar started the scoring with a 19-yard field goal. He added field goals of 42 and 27 yards in the second quarter as the Bulldogs (6-3) built a 9-7 halftime lead.

A 24-yarder by Cylar put A&M ahead 12-7, but Tarvaris Jackson gave the Hornets (5-3) the lead with his second TD pass to Brandon Horace. The play covered 17 yards and gave ASU a 14-12 edge.

On the ensuing drive, Johnny Keith found Wells for a 48-yard touchdown, and Jeremiah Bonds punched in the 2-point conversion for a 20-14 lead.

Keith was 15-of-25 for 248 yards. Wells had 74 yards receiving, and Travis Martin caught five passes for 70 yards.

Jackson led Alabama State with 218 yards on 16-of-27 passing. He and Horace also hooked up on a 23-yard TD in the first quarter. Keldrick Williams rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries.

The schools' 62nd meeting was played at Birmingham's Legion Field, about halfway between A&M's Huntsville campus and Alabama State's Montgomery campus. Alabama A&M now leads the series 30-29-3.

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