November 20, 2004
Albany--The Albany State Golden Rams took advantage of six Arkansas Tech turnovers Saturday to win their first playoff game in seven years in a 42-24 rout of the Wonder Boys.
Senior defensive back William Felton had a career day with three interceptions, including one for a 63 yard touchdown in the second quarter. ASU improves to 11 and 0 with the victory, tying for the most wins in school history.
After stopping the Wonder Boys on the opening possession of the game with a Chris Henderson interception in the end zone, the Rams then outscored Arkansas Tech 35-3 in the first half.
The Wonder Boys got the scoring started on a 31 yard field goal by Mark Ewersmann in the first quarter. But Albany State would respond with 35 unanswered points, beginning with a five yard touchdown run by Dontreal Williams.
Senior wide receiver Alvin Ray Jackson reeled in two touchdowns, both in the first half, including a 38 yarder just before halftime. The Wonder Boys opened up the second half with back to back touchdowns to pull within 18 points of the Rams, but could never get over the hump.
Albany State running back Vaeontraye Hughes capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 25 yard touchdown to put the Rams up 42-24.
Albany State will host Valdosta State Saturday in the quarterfinals at 1pm at Albany Municipal Coliseum. Albany State notched their first ever win over the Blazers back in September 24-22. Saturday's game will mark the third time the two have met in the playoffs and first since 1996.
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