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No. 4 N. Alabama hammers Tusculum to open season

From staff, AP reports

The fourth-ranked North Alabama Lions scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the season and went on to a 43-24 rout of Tusculum at Florence’s Braly Municipal Stadium.

UNA put up 404 yards of offense and forced five Tusculum turnovers. Joemal Campbell had six catches for 136 yards and one touchdown, Tim Hicks rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and A.J. Milwee threw for 248 yards and two scores.

North Alabama is 4-0 all-time against Tusculum, having defeated the Pioneers in its season-opener in each of the last four years. The win was UNA’s 13th straight in regular-season contests.

Jason Messing pulled in a 19-yard pass from A.J. Milwee for the first score of the game, capping a seven-play, 69-yard drive.

Florida State 34, UAB 24: Drew Weatherford threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns as Florida State rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit and held off UAB.

The Seminoles fell out of the Top 25 after losing Monday at Clemson and found themselves in a hole to UAB, which has lost eight straight but was up 17-3 lead in the first half.

No. 21 Georgia Tech 69, Samford 14: Tashard Choice secured his ninth straight 100-yard game with a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and No. 21 Georgia Tech scored its most points in a half since 1916.

Choice, who set a career high with 196 yards rushing in Tech’s 33-3 win over Notre Dame last week, did not play after rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter.

Georgia Tech led 45-0 at halftime, its most points in any half since its 222-0 win over Cumberland on Oct. 7, 1916.

Alabama A&M 41, Clark-Atlanta 10: Kelcy Luke passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns as Alabama A&M used a high-powered offense to defeat Clark-Atlanta.

Alabama A&M (2-0) rolled up 608 yards total offense as the Bulldogs took a 21-7 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs attacked the Panthers from the ground and the air, rushing for 307 yards and passing for 301.

Ulysses Banks rushed 19 times for 213 yards and two touchdown, averaging 11 yards per carry.

Banks ran for two first-quarter scores, helping the Bulldogs get off to a fast start.

Jacksonville State 33, Chattanooga 19: Cedric Johnson passed 28 yards to Derrick Harris for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:30 to play as Jacksonville State rallied from behind in the fourth quarter.

The Mocs had taken the lead earlier in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Craig Carney.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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