“This was a big game for us and a big weekend for Alabama State and the Inauguration of our President,” Head Coach Reggie Barlow said. To play against a team like Tennessee State, who we have a lot of respect for, and the tradition and history they have there. We knew it would be a really tough game. Our guys stayed with the vision and just fought the process. We talked about a couple of characteristics we needed to have for this game; it was heart, resiliency, and we wanted to play as a team and just make sacrifices for each other. We were able to do that and we were able to get away with a win.”
It took two lightning delays for a total of 88 minutes before Alabama State held on to defeat 14th-ranked Tennessee State 27-21.