A&T logo

A&T's opponent in the Celebration Bowl will be Alcorn State.

Qwynnterrio Cole made a big fourth-down stop at midfield, Taurence Wilson returned an interception 53 yards with 1:23 left, and Alcorn State beat Southern 39-24 in the Southwest Athletic Conference championship game tonight in Lorman, Miss.

The Aggies beat Alcorn State 24-22 last year and 41-34 in 2015 in the inaugural Celebration Bowl, deemed the black college national championship.

After Cole's stop, De'Shawn Waller ripped of a 31-yard run, Niko Duffey had an 11-yard run and the Jaguars chose to let Waller score from 6 yards on the next play, allowing the Braves to go up 32-24 with 1:57 to play.

Three plays later, Wilson stepped in front of a LaDarius Skelton pass and sealed Alcorn State's 17th SWAC title and their second straight trip and third overall to meet the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion in the Celebration Bowl. 

It was a wild fourth quarter that opened with Southern (8-5) on top 17-16. Felix Harper and LeCarles Pringle hooked up for a 56-yard touchdown to give Alcorn State (9-3) at 22-17 lead after the two-point conversion failed.

Skelton capped an 80-yard drive with an 8-yard run for a 24-22 lead with 8:43 to go. The Braves marched back 63 yards and Corey McCullough's 23-yard field goal with 5:07 to play put made it 25-24.

Southern got a big kickoff return to the 39 but on fourth-and-1, Cole, a safety made the big stop.

Alcorn State won the regular-season meeting 27-13 and went on post the fifth undefeated season in school history, the first since 2002 and the first time ever with seven wins.

Get the latest sports news right in your inbox. Sign up for our Daily Sports newsletter.

Recommended for you

Load comments