Alabama A&M Heads to Birmingham For 80th Magic City Classic; Seeking Fourth Straight Win Over Rival Alabama State

Troy Lendvay

Troy Lendvay and Alabama A&M head to Birmingham and Legion Field to take on rival Alabama State in the 80th Magic City Classic on Saturday, October 30.

Football By Joshua J. Darling, Sports Information Director

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Following a two-week hiatus, Alabama A&M (3-3, 1-3 SWAC) football returns to the field for the biggest game of the year as they head to venerable Legion Field to take on rival Alabama State (3-3, 2-2 SWAC) in the 80th Magic City Classic on Saturday, October 30. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
If you aren’t making the pilgrimage to Birmingham and Legion Field this weekend, fear not, we have you covered! Make sure to catch the game on live on ESPN3 and tape delay at 10:30 p.m. on the ESPN family of networks. Need to know the numbers? Follow live stats for all the play-by-play action.
Catch full coverage following the game on, the official online home of Alabama A&M Athletics.
Alabama A&M battled tooth and nail with Florida A&M and its topflight defense in their last outing, putting up a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) high 31 points against them, before falling by four in the waning minutes.
The Rattlers came in having allowed no more than seven points to any one FCS opponent and a season-high of 38 to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBC) member South Florida. The teams would each register a touchdown in the opening frame before the Bulldogs took a narrow 14-10 lead into the break.
That margin would grow to 28-16 by the end of the third before FAMU dominated the fourth quarter, out scoring A&M 19-3, capped by a go-ahead 80-yard touchdown run by Bishop Bonnett with 2:15 left. After a failed two-point attempt made it 35-31, the Rattlers sealed the four-point win with an interception three plays into the Bulldogs final drive.
The Bulldogs head to Birmingham, Alabama and Legion Field for the 80th time to take on rival Alabama State, a tradition dating back to 1924.
A&M leads the all-time series 42-40-2 and has won the last three trips to the Magic City Classic, something not done by either team since the Bulldogs claimed five in a row from 2005-09. Prior to that, ASU won six straight from 1990-96 and Alabama A&M seven from 1981-87.
Most recently the Magic City Classic was played in Spring 2021 and at night for the first time with the Bulldogs running roughshod over ASU, 38-14, on April 17.
With the majority of this spring’s top performers back in the fold for Fall 2021, all eyes are on A&M. Glass headlines those in the spotlight as he has been named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List representing the top player at the Football Championship Subdivision, the Deacon Jones Watch List as the top player at an HBCU and both the Reese’s Senior Bowl and College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
He is joined by junior wide receiver Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim (Miramar, Fla.) on the Deacon Jones and has also been named a BOXTOROW Preseason All-American and SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. Those pale in comparison, however, to being the first player selected to play in the inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl, a new postseason All-Star game featuring the top 100 HBCU National Football League (NFL) draft eligible players.
The Hornets come in having alternated wins and losses over their first six games, beginning with a narrow 14-13 overtime victory over NCAA Division II Miles on September 4.
After falling to Southeastern Conference power Auburn 62-0 a week later they knocked off Bethune-Cookman (38-24, Sept. 25) and then were blanked 28-0 at Florida A&M on October 2. The bounce back the following week would come in the form of a 35-15 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff before Jackson State delivered a 28-7 decision two weeks ago.
Scouting The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs
Record: 3-2, 1-3 SWAC
Last Time Out: L, 35-31 vs. Florida A&M on October 16
Streak: Three Losses
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Individual Statistical Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards: Aqeel Glass – 2,003
Passing Touchdowns: Aqeel Glass – 17
Completions: Aqeel Glass – 155
Completion Percentage: Aqeel Glass – .594
Rushing Yards: Gary Quarles – 604
Rushing Touchdowns: Gary Quarles 5
Carries: Gary Quarles – 123
Receiving Yards: Odieu Hilaire – 560
Receiving Touchdowns: Dee Anderson – 7
Receptions: Odieu Hilaire – 45
Individual Statistical Defensive Leaders
Tackles: Trenell Troutman – 37
Tackles (Solo): Trenell Troutman – 26
Tackles (Assisted): Branden Bailey – 16
Tackles For Loss: Trenell Troutman – 8
Sacks: Phillip Hopkins – 2.5
Interceptions: Trenell Troutman – 3
Individual Statistical Special Team Leaders
Field Goals Made: Corey Spencer – 5 (5-of-7)
Punting Yards: Troy Lendvay – 945
Touchbacks: Corey Spencer – 3
Inside 20-Yard Line: Troy Lendvay – 2
Punt Returns: Brian Jenkins, Jr. – 4
Punt Return Yards: Brian Jenkins, Jr. – 4
Kickoff Returns: Terrell Gardner – 8
Kickoff Return Yards: Terrell Gardner – 206
Team Statistics
Scoring: 31.8
Passing: 335.7
Rushing: 91.8
Total Offense: 427.5
Touchdowns: 24
Kickoff Return Average: 20.3
Punt Return Yards Average: 1.2
Time of Possession: 30:48
Sacks: 6
Interceptions: 6
Tackles: 365
Tackles For Loss: 30.0

Scouting The Alabama State University Hornets
Record: 3-3, 2-2 SWAC
Last Time Out: L, 28-7 at Jackson State on October 16
Streak: One Loss
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Individual Statistical Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards: Ryan Nettles – 604
Passing Touchdowns: Myles Crawley – 5
Completions: Ryan Nettles – 65
Completion Percentage: Ryan Nettles – .586
Rushing Yards: Ezra Gray – 221
Rushing Touchdowns: Jacory Merritt 3
Carries: Jacory Merritt – 64
Receiving Yards: Jeremiah Hixon – 380
Receiving Touchdowns: Jeremiah Hixon – 3
Receptions: Jeremiah Hixon – 28
Individual Statistical Defensive Leaders
Tackles: Irshaad Davis – 38
Tackles (Solo): Irshaad Davis – 21
Tackles (Assisted): Irshaad Davis – 10
Tackles For Loss: Irshaad Davis, Nicholas Terry – 4.5
Sacks: Rodney Echols – 2.5
Interceptions: Irshaad Davis, Jeffrey Scott – 1
Individual Statistical Special Team Leaders
Field Goals Made: Cosmin Diancou – 1 (1-of-3)
Punting Yards: Aubrey Grace – 1,597
Touchbacks: Aubrey Grace – 4
Inside 20-Yard Line: Aubrey Grace – 13
Punt Returns: Robert McMinn – 11
Punt Return Yards: Robert McMinn – 65
Kickoff Returns: Ezra Gray – 7
Kickoff Return Yards: Ezra Gray – 113
Team Statistics
Scoring: 15.7
Passing: 183.7
Rushing: 81.5
Total Offense: 265.2
Touchdowns: 12
Kickoff Return Average: 17.8
Punt Return Yards Average: 5.9
Time of Possession: 31:40
Sacks: 16
Interceptions: 2
Tackles: 368
Tackles For Loss: 42.0


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