Press Release from Alcorn State Athletics
The Alcorn State University football program rushed for 155 yards Saturday against 20th-ranked Arkansas, but the Razorbacks ended on top 52-10 at War Memorial Stadium.
The Braves (1-3, 1-2 SWAC) showed a spark in the second quarter after freshman quarterback Noah Johnson ran up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 24-7. Alcorn had a chance to further chop into the lead as it had the ball on the Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SWAC) one-yard line with nine seconds left in the half, but a miscue on the snap led to a fumble which the Razorbacks recovered.
Johnson threw for 158 yards and rushed for 80. Junior running back Arron Baker registered a team-high 93 rushing yards on 13 carries. Senior wide receiver Jaborian McKenzie caught seven of the team's 13 passes for 88 yards.
Defensively, junior Daniel Franklin recorded a career-high 11 tackles. Senior Eric Foster ended with six tackles, and sophomore LaShaun Ealey and junior Julius Lawrence wrapped-up five tackles apiece.
The Razorbacks were led by Devwah Whaley who rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, and Rawleigh Williams who ran for 126 yards. Quarterback Austin Allen was 13-for-18 in the air with 206 yards and three passing touchdowns. Jared Cornelius caught a pair of touchdowns and etched 106 receiving yards.
Quoting Alcorn head coach Fred McNair
"Our guys were up for the task that was in front of them. We've played in this stadium before and that helped. We stopped here yesterday for our walkthrough and our guys were ready. Arkansas is a tough team. We did some great things today, but Arkansas was playing at a different speed and at a different strength. We knew coming in that we were going up against an SEC team but our guys fought."
On Alcorn's final play of the first half
"I wish we could get that play back. It was a big swing going into the half. It was just a breakdown on what we were trying to do and we couldn't get the snap. It would have been huge going in with 14 points."
On resuming conference play next week
"Well I felt we really grew up today. We came here with a lot of guys banged up, but we fought. We'll go back home this week and get ready to continue conference play. Alabama A&M is going to be a tough task for us and we have to make sure we show up ready. We were able to get healthy today, and our guys really worked their butts off, but now we're moving on to the next game."
The Braves will wrap-up a three-game road swing Saturday, Oct. 8 when they resume conference play at Alabama A&M. Alcorn has won five of its last six SWAC road games dating back to last season.
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