Jackson StateTigersJKST
7-4, 6-2 Conf
Alcorn StateBravesALCN
2-10, 2-7 Conf

Jackson St. 26, Alcorn St. 21

JACKSON, Miss. -- Ryan Rich returned one of his two interceptions 21 yards for a touchdown and added a safety as Jackson State defeated Alcorn State 26-21 on Saturday.

Jackson State (7-4, 6-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) defeated Alcorn State (2-10, 1-6) for the second consecutive year, but had to hold off a 21-point rally in the second half.

Rich's interception pushed the Tigers' lead to 21-0 in the second quarter after Trae Rutland scored on a 5-yard run on the first possession of the game. Edward Lee added a 1-yard scoring run for the Tigers to open the scoring.

After Eric Perri added a 34-yard field goal with 9:13 left in the third quarter, Rich sacked Tim Buckley in the end zone to put the Tigers ahead 26-0 midway through the third.

Alcorn State (2-10, 1-6) fought back with 14 fourth-quarter points on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Buckley to Emmanuel Arceneaux, and Lee Robinson's 11-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Buckley, who finished with 185 yards passing, found Elliott Moore on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 5:18 left in the game to bring Alcorn State within 26-21.

But Jackson State, which held Alcorn State to 68 yards in the first half, sacked Buckley on consecutive plays in the final three minutes of the game.


2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference Standings

Alcorn State7-29-4
Alabama State5-46-5
Alabama A&M3-63-8
Jackson State3-63-8
Mississippi Valley State1-81-10
Grambling State9-09-3
Prairie View A&M8-18-2
Texas Southern2-73-7
Arkansas-Pine Bluff1-82-9