HOUSTON -- KHA'Darris Davis threw three touchdown passes in the first half and Alabama State held off Texas Southern for a 27-21 victory on Saturday.
Alabama State (5-4, 4-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) has won eight of the last nine games against Texas Southern (0-10, 0-6).
The Hornets jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead before De'Andre Johnson and Dominic Franklin had touchdown runs and the Tigers pulled within six points with 12:27 remaining. The Tigers drove to the Hornets 27 but Johnson was sacked by Cameron Rampersaud on fourth-and-11 with about six minutes left and the Hornets ran out the clock.
Johnson was 16-of-26 passing for 160 yards, threw a touchdown pass and ran into the end zone from 15 yards out. Franklin scored on a 34-yard run and finished with 53 yards rushing. Ladarius Owens added 78 yards on the ground for the Tigers.
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