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ORANGEBURG, S.C. – In a matchup of teams that both waited 468 days to return to the field, Alabama A&M returned to form quicker as they recovered from a slow start to dominate South Carolina State over the final three quarters and come away with an impressive 31-7 victory Saturday, March 6.aamu scsu

Senior quarterback Aqeel Glass suffered through three early interceptions before looking like the player tabbed as the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, completing 15-of-33 psses for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

A total of 83 of those yards and two of the touchdowns went to sophomore wide receiver Odieu Hilarie on just two catches while sophomore wide receiver Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim hauled in six balls for 81-yards and a score.

Junior wide receiver Brian Jenkins, Jr. caught the other touchdown and junior running back Gary Quarles rushed 21 times for 92-yards to go with a 38-yard reception to round out the top offensive performers.

Defensively, junior defensive end Marcus Cushnie had a pair of sacks and redshirt-senior linebacker Quantravis Kelly racked up a pair of interceptions, a sack and a pass breakup. Senior linebacker Armoni Holloway finished with 10 tackles, eight solo and two for loss.

AAMU is now off until Saturday, March 20 when they head to Prairie View A&M for their SWAC opener.

SC State returns to action Saturday, March 13 when they host Delaware State in Orangeburg.


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