Alabama State 48

(8-4, 3-3 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 27, 2003

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL

1 2 3 4 T
TUS 14 0 7 728
ALST 7 20 14 748

Alabama State 48, Tuskegee 28

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Tarvaris Jackson passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Alabama State (7-4,5-2) over Tuskegee 48-28 in Thursday's rainy Turkey Day Classic, snapping a four-game losing streak to its Division II rivals.

ASU dominated in the second quarter, first tying the game 14-14 with Robert Randolph's 3-yard run. The Hornets widened the lead with a 17-yard TD pass from Jackson to Chad Lucas at 6:55, followed by a Abrams' 24-yard TD pass to Reginald Glover.

Tuskegee (5-5, 4-4) had entered Thursday hoping to salvage a winning record. They showed promise through the first quarter with a 14-0 lead at 2:19 after a 24-yard TD pass from Terrence Jones. Jones passed for 255 yards Thursday.

The Golden Tigers scored on single runs by Cortland Florence and Lawrence Ervin in the third and fourth quarters respectively, but never regained their lead.

Keldrick Williams, who rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama State, scored the final touchdown in the game, a 12-yard run at 9:32.

The Hornets have secured a berth in next week's Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship game. They play the winner of Saturday's Grambling-Southern game.