Lankford’s sparks Alabama A&M past Bethune-Cookman, 35-27

Oct 1, 2022, 4:05 AM | Updated: 4:14 pm

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Xaiver Lankford threw three second-half touchdown passes and Alabama A&M earned its first win of the season, holding off Bethune-Cookman, 35-27 in a Southwest Conference battle on Saturday afternoon.

Donovan Eaglin ran for two touchdowns in the first half to stake the Bulldogs to a 14-0 lead, then capped the scoring with a 3-yard pass from Lankford in the fourth quarter. Eaglin finished with 190 yards on 27 carries.

Jalon Jones and the Wildcats knotted the score at 14 in the final 3:23 of the first half. Jones scored on a 2-yard run before engineering a three-play, 58-yard drive capped by Que’Shaun Byrd’s 8-yard run.

Lankford finished 16 of 25 for 204 yards passing with an interception for the Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1).

Jones paced Bethune-Cookman (1-3, 1-1), completing 24 of 38 passes for 353 yards and a touchdown. He added 55 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown run.

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Lankford’s sparks Alabama A&M past Bethune-Cookman, 35-27