Alabama St. 38, Florida A&M 22

Updated: August 30, 2003, 7:15 PM ET

DETROIT -- Robert Randolph rushed for two touchdowns and Ronald Dillon had 14 tackles with three sacks as Alabama State beat Florida A&M 38-22 Saturday in the inaugural Detroit Football Classic at Ford Field.

Richard Rowe scored on a 51-yard punt return and Erlin Sanders returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a TD for the Hornets (1-0). Tarvari Jackson threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Brandon Horace.

Ben Dougherty passed for 271 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a team-high 67 yards and another score for the Rattlers (0-1).

Rowe's punt return opened the scoring with 7:11 left in the first quarter. Randolph scored from 3 yards out just 38 seconds later.

Randolph's 4-yard TD run put Alabama State up 21-0 with 6:53 left in the first half, but the Rattlers cut the lead with six seconds to go on a 2-yard TD pass from Dougherty to Cardan Alexander.

Florida A&M got to within six twice in the third quarter: first at 21-15 on Dougherty's TD run and 2-point conversion, then 28-22 on a 2-yard run by Jermaine Shaw.

Rowe blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Rattlers placekicker Juan Vasquez with 14:49 left to play, and Sanders returned the ball 65 yards for a touchdown.

Alabama State's Jackson finished 10-for-18 for 142 yards with one interception.

Florida A&M's Anthony Demps caught six passes for 115 yards.


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