Hodges Reaches Milestone, Pritchett & Patterson Shine In Ten-Point Defeat

Hodges 1,000 Receiving Yards

35

Tuskegee University TUSKEGEE 1-3

45

Alabama A&M AAMU 3-0

Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
TUSKEGEE Tuskegee University 0 7 14 14 35
AAMU Alabama A&M 10 7 14 14 45

Game Recap: Football |

 
MOBILE, Ala. – The Tuskegee University football program went toe-to-toe with the reigning HBCU National Champions and matched them score for score but were unable to slow down a high-flying Alabama A&M offense, falling 45-35.
 
Steven Hodges surpassed 1,000 career receiving yards on the evening, going for 79 yards and a score through the air as he now sits on 1,029.
 
Jamaal Pritchett was a nuisance for the Alabama A&M secondary, piling up 104 receiving yards on six catches, both season-bests.
 
Ivonte Patterson went for an even 100 rushing yards and tacked on three more touchdowns to his total as he continues to shoulder the load in the Golden Tigers’ backfield.
 
The Basics
 

  • Final Score: Alabama A&M 45, Tuskegee 35

 

  • Records: Tuskegee (1-3, 0-0 SIAC) | Alabama A&M (3-0, 1-0 SWAC)

 

  • Location: Mobile, Alabama – Ladd-Peebles Stadium

 

  • Series History: Alabama A&M Leads 28-20-3

 

  • Winning Streak: Alabama A&M (W2) | Tuskegee’s Last Win: September 7, 2013 (23-7)

 

How It Happened

1st Quarter
 

  • The opening drive of the night saw huge momentum shifts within a four-play span as a 34-yard run on the first play from scrimmage was erased by a forced fumble via Ronald Smith that was recovered by Kevin Scott on TU’s 22.

 

  • The momentum was short-lived however, as Skegee fumbled it right back to the Bulldogs three plays later.

 

  • Alabama A&M quickly made the Golden Tigers pay, driving the 46 yards into the end zone with a 20-yard strike from Aqeel Glass to Dee Anderson (7-0, AAMU).

 

  • After Tuskegee’s next drive stalled, AAMU would put three more points on the scoreboard to take a ten-point advantage with three-and-a-half left in the first (10-0, AAMU).

 

  • The quarter concluded with the Maroon and White holding a first-and-ten from its own 46 after Tuskegee was forced to punt.

2nd Quarter
 

  •  The game was teetering on the brink of a blowout as the Bulldogs capped off a 16-play, 80-yard drive with another Glass-to-Anderson connection (2 yards) to move in front by three scores (17-0, AAMU).

 

  • Tuskegee’s offense woke up just in time, answering the call with a eight-play, 65-yard drive of its own, ending in Ivonte Patterson running through the teeth of the defense for a six-yard score (17-7, AAMU).

 

  • Alabama A&M threatened yet again on its subsequent possession, having a fourth-and-one from the Skegee five but the defense turned them away.

 

  • TU looked primed to cut the lead down to three when Patterson was racing down the Tuskegee sideline for a career-long 47-yard burst. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs’ Trenell Troutman caught up to him and jarred the ball free for AAMU to recover at the Skegee 26.

 

  • A&M’s two-minute offense took over with 2:06 on the clock and began to march, reaching midfield with about 25 seconds remaining. Woodly Appolon put a stop to that, snagging an interception off the NFL Draft prospect (Glass) to give Tuskegee a chance at a Hail Mary.

 

  • Tuskegee reached just outside of Huskic’s field goal range and Bryson Williams launched a prayer into the end zone that was batted down, heading to the locker rooms as ten-point dogs (17-7, AAMU).

3rd Quarter
 

  • The Golden Tigers received the second half kickoff and immediately gained excellent field position as Latrevien O’Neal took the short kick and rumbled 43 yards to the AAMU 40.

 

  • Louis Williams would cash in on the opportunity, firing in an eight-yard bullet to Steven Hodges for the touchdown and making it a field goal game (17-14, AAMU).

 

  • The men from Huntsville went back up by two possessions shortly after, going 75-yards in seven plays to score on a 30-yard connection from Glass to Anderson for their third hookup of the night (24-14, AAMU).

 

  • A three-and-out by Tuskegee and another scoring drive by the Bulldogs threatened to blow the game open, halfway through the third (31-14, AAMU).

 

  • An empty possession by TU gave A&M the ball on its own 36 but a big man interception by defensive lineman JQuan Hicks gave Coach Slater’s team some life, returning it nine yards into Alabama A&M territory.

 

  • Ivonte Patterson concluded the third quarter with a one-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal as TU went into the final frame down ten (31-21, AAMU).

 
4th Quarter
 

  • Coach Slater’s coaching staff rolled the dice and won the jackpot on the ensuing kickoff, surprising the Bulldogs with a perfectly executed onside kick by Arnes Huskic to give the Golden Tigers the ball back around midfield.

 

  • Jamaal Pritchett solely took over the subsequent drive, accounting for 45 of the team’s 49 yards, outracing the defense on a crosser to score from 18-yards out as Tuskegee cut the margin down to three once again with 12 minutes to go (31-28, AAMU).

 

  • Alabama A&M would score on its next two possessions to put the game out of reach at 45-28 as the clock ticked down to five minutes.

 

  • Ivonte Patterson would convert a one-yard touchdown run, his sixth touchdown in his last eight quarters, but Alabama A&M escaped with a 45-35 triumph.
     

 
Tuskegee Top Performers
 

  • Ivonte Patterson had his second consecutive 100-plus, three rushing touchdown performance against the SWAC powerhouse, averaging 5.6 yards per rush on 18 totes with a career-long 47-yard scamper.

 

  • Steven Hodges put a stamp on the TU record books with his 79 receiving yards, becoming one of the few players to don the Crimson and Old Gold to amass 1,000 receiving yards. His touchdown makes him the only Skegee receiver with multiple scores in 2021.

 

  • Backup quarterback Louis Williams was inserted into the lineup at the 11:01 mark in the second quarter and thrived, garnering career-highs for quarterback rating (157.57), passing yards (210) and rushing yards (46) while tossing his first two career touchdown passes.

 

  • Jamaal Pritchett made a name for himself in the spotlight, catching a season-high six balls and moving over the century mark for the contest with a personal-best 104 yards (more than double his previous high of 52) plus contributing his first career collegiate touchdown.

 

  • The TU defense forced three turnovers but none of those were nearly as memorable as JQuan Hicks’ interception and nine-yard return, prompting #BigManInterception lovers across the college football world. He also had his first tackle for loss as a Golden Tiger.

 

  • Woodly Appolon was the recipient of the other interception thrown by Glass, hauling in the pick on top of his nine tackles.

 

  • Carl Matthews continued his ascent up the tackles leaderboards, bringing down a career-high 11 ball carriers and recording his first pass defensed of the year.

 

  • Ronald Smith tied Matthews for the game’s most takedowns, logging 11 tackles as well.

 

  • Primarily a kick return specialist, Devarens Valcin peeled off a career-best 56 receiving yards including a 39-yarder.

 

  • Wesly Appolon posted his second double-digit tackle outing of the year.

 

 

  • Latrevien O’Neal made his first ever kickoff return count, going 43 yards to setup a Tuskegee scoring drive.

 

  • Arnes Huskic was perfect on his PATs (5-for-5), booted two touchbacks on the kickoffs and masterfully executed the ambush onside kick that TU jumped on.

 
 
Notes
 

  • Tuskegee’s offense fell just shy of amassing 450 total yards for the first time since the 2018 season opener, accumulating 443 on the night.

 

  • The recovered onside kick by the Golden Tigers’ special teams unit as a first since September 15, 2018, when it accomplished the feat at Clark Atlanta.

 

  • TU dominated the time of possession (42:11 to 28:33) and converted on nearly half of its third down chances (8-of-17, 47.1%).

 

  • The ground game proved to be effective for the second straight game as Skegee outgained Alabama A&M by 22 yards in the rushing department, averaging 4.5 yards per carry (165 to 143).

 
The Golden Tigers kickoff SIAC play on Saturday, October 2 inside “The Shed” against Clark Atlanta at 1 p.m.

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