MONTGOMERY, Ala.—After a 90 minute weather delay, Alabama State and Jacksonville State were able to get started and the wait led to an exciting finish that saw ASU’s comeback fall just short in a 24-22 final decision.Alabama State University

“Our first game of the 2013 season had a lot of excitement,” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said. “The rain held us back there a little bit and we were itching at the bit to get out there. We finally got out there and I thought our guys played with a lot of passion and a lot of energy early on.”

The Hornets had fallen behind 24-9 entering the fourth quarter, but was able to push across two touchdowns in a four minute span to cut the lead to 24-22. ASU went for two and the tie, but Jarrett Neely’s reverse pass fell just short in the end zone and ASU still trailed 24-22 with 7:33 left in the game.

ASU’s final drive started on their 25 with 2:48 left in the game. Over the next eight plays ASU moved the ball to JSU’s 20 yard line, but ran into problems from there.

After a delay of game penalty and a quarterback sack, the Hornets faced a second and 20 from JSU’s 30. Duhart who had already completed two passes in the drive, threw a slant pass that JSU cornerback Brenton Tolson made a diving interception to halt the comeback and seal the victory for JSU.

ASU (0-1) will hit the road and open Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action next Saturday when they travel to Jackson, Miss., to face the Tigers of Jackson State.

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