by Stan McCormick, Director of Sports Information
Junior running back Adrian Alexander ran for a career-high 126 yards and a touchdown to help the Albany State Golden Rams defeat the Elizabeth City State Vikings 34-13 for their first win of the season. With the victory, head coach James “Mike” White recorded his 100th career win at ASU. The Golden Rams now have an overall record of 1-2, while ECSU dropped to 0-3 on the season.
For the third straight game, the Golden Rams got off to sluggish start. The two teams battle back and forth most of the first half without anyone grabbing an advantage. Albany State finally got into the scoring column 20 seconds before halftime when field goal holder Devonta Osborne scored a 22-yard touchdown on a fake field goal attempt. The touchdown was the culmination of a 10-play, 62-yard drive. ASU led 6-0 after the failed PAT.
In the third quarter, Albany State used five plays and 36 yards to score their second touchdown, Quarterback Frank Rivers scored on a 1-yard run to give the Golden Rams a 13-0 lead after the successful PAT by Zachary Gayden-Holley.
The Albany State “Dirty Blue” defense also contributed to the ASU scoring parade. ASU linebacker Tavarius Washington intercepted the Elizabeth City State quarterback and returned the ball for a 65-yard touchdown. After the PAT, Albany State took a commanding 20-0 lead with 6:57 remaining in the period.
ECSU did not go away quietly. On the very next drive, the Vikings used six plays for 52 to score a 35-yard touchdown pass to cut their deficit to 20-7 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Albany State hit pay dirt again thanks to an eight-play, 77-yard drive. Rivers found wide receiver Jaquan Rivers in the end zone for a 13-yard strike to give ASU a 27-7 with 6:18 left in the game.
Four minutes later, Alexander would end the Golden Rams’ scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run to give Albany State a 34-7 lead with 1:28 left in the game. Elizabeth City State was able to score a touchdown at the buzzer to account for the final score.
Running back Phillip Moore also had a steady game on the ground for the Golden Rams. He rushed 14 times for 91 yards. The Albany State running backs combined for 302 rushing yards for the game. Rivers was 14-24 passing and connected on one touchdown pass.
Larry Whitfield and Marcavius Dudley led the Albany State defense with seven and six tackles, respectively. Dexter Moody recorded three tackles to go with an interception and a pass break-up.
The Albany State Golden Rams will begin SIAC when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to battle Miles College on September 28th. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. central time.