Alabama State and Alabama A&M: 80th McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | In a year in which Alabama State celebrates 120 years of football and the 30th anniversary of an HBCU National Championship, it is only fitting they face their in-state rival Alabama A&M in the 80th McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola.

The game kicks off on Saturday afternoon inside Birmingham’s historic Legion Field at 2:30 pm and can be seen on ESPN3, with a tape delay being shown on ESPNU.

The meeting will be the second in a calendar year between the two after facing off in the spring season due to the fall being canceled due to COVID-19. Alabama State (3-3, 2-2 SWAC) looks to end a three-game losing streak to Alabama A&M (3-3, 1-3 SWAC), with their last win in the series coming in 2018.

GAME INFORMATION
Kick
: 2:30 pm
Site: Birmingham, Ala. | Legion Field
Television: ESPN3 (live) | ESPNU (tape delay)
Radio: Hornet Sports Network
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Game Notes (.pdf)

THE SERIES
Series Record:
Alabama A&M leads the series, 42-40-2
First Meeting: Alabama State def. Alabama A&M, 30-0 (1924)
Last Meeting: Alabama A&M def. Alabama State, 38-14 (4/17/2021)
Streak: Alabama A&M, W3

GAME NOTES

  • Alabama A&M has won the last three meetings between the two teams dating back 2018, with the contest in 2019 being decided in three overtimes (43-41).
  • Alabama State started the series off with 11 straight wins starting 1924 and pitched five shutouts in those contests.
  • The two teams met earlier this spring with Alabama A&M winning the game 38-14, their third straight win, on their way to the SWAC Championship.
  • Senior running back Ezra Gray (Lynn Haven, Fla.) is nearing the 2,000-yard mark for his career, entering Saturday with 1,974 yards in four-plus seasons. He hit the 1,000-yard mark for his career against Alabama A&M in the 2019 Magic City Classic.
  • The Hornets have played with back-up quarterback Myles Crawley (Lithonia, Ga.) at the helm for the last two games since Ryan Nettles (Evergreen, Ala.) went down with an injury against Florida A&M. The Hornets have gone 1-1 in those games – beating UAPB behind 292 passing yards from Crawley.
  • Jeremiah Hixon (Monroeville, Ala.) leads Alabama State with 28 receptions on the season for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Wallace Corker (Stockbridge, Ga.) has recorded 19 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown, while Keron Jones (Oxon Hill, Md.) has recorded 17 receptions for 215 yards.
  • Irshaad Davis (Carol City, Fla.) leads the Hornets defense with 38 total tackles including 22 solo stops. His best game came against UAPB when he finished with nine tackles. He also has an interception, two quarterback hurries, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.
  • Jeffrey Scott (Vicksburg, Miss.) is second on the team in tackles with 19 to go along with an interception and a fumble recovery. Meanwhile, Nicholas Terry (Youngstown, Ohio) and Davis are tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss, while Terry is third in the country in fumbles recovered with two.
  • Rodney Echols (Orlando, Fla.) leads the team with 2.5 sacks on the season, while Davis and Nolan Johnson (Tyrone, Ga.) each have a pair of sacks.
  • Jacquez Payton (Georgiana, Ala.) leads the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and is eighth in the nation, in passes defended at 1.4 per game.
  • Alabama State is in the top 40 in several categories including passing defense (13/167.3), tackles for loss (24/6.7), quarterback sacks per game (31/2.50), total defense (31/330.0), time of possession (33/31:40), passing efficiency defense (39/119.71). They will be facing an Alabama A&M team that is in the top 40 in several including passing offense (6/335.7), total offense (25/426.7), scoring offense (28/31.8), and passing efficiency (30/140.18).

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