September 4, 2004
Albany--The Albany State Rams rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Valdosta State Blazers Saturday night 24-22 in front of a sell-out crowd at Albany Municipal Coliseum.
The Rams comeback began in the third quarter when sophomore running back Antonio Atkins scored a nine yard touchdown run to bring the Golden Rams within a point. But after Adrian Arango's extra point attempt failed the Rams found themselves down a point, 14-13.
Albany State would then take the lead in the fourth quarter on another Atkins touchdown, this time from twelve yards out to put the Rams ahead 20-14. ASU opted for the two point conversion and was successful when quarterback Uyl Joyner hit Alvin Ray Jackson in the back of the end zone to make it a 21-14 ASU lead.
Valdosta State did not go away quietly though, as the Blazers marched all the way down the field on the ensuing possession and scored on a 21 yard reverse by Clay Callaway. Rather than kicking the extra point to tie the game, Vincent Brown took a direct snap and ran into the end zone for the two point conversion to put the Blazers ahead 22-21.
The Rams would have one final drive to answer, and they made the most of it when Joyner hooked up with Edward Harper on fourth and 19 to pick up the first down and put the Rams in field goal position. After gaining minimal yardage following the first down, the Rams called on Adrian Arango to attempt a 35 yard field goal. Arango, who had missed an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game, split the uprights to give the Rams a 24-22 lead.
The Albany State defense then held the Blazers on four downs to give the Golden Rams their first ever victory over their South Georgia rivals. Albany State moves to 2-0 on the year, while Valdosta State falls to 0-1. ASU travels to Kentucky State next Saturday and VSU will visit Ouachita Baptist.
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