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Turnovers end Rams championship dream

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State football team committed six turnovers and Delta State took advantage in a 28-7 victory in the NCAA DII national quarterfinals.

The Rams scored first on their opening possession.

Quarterback Stanley Jennings capped a 72-yard drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Childs put ASU on the board 7-0.

An interception by Jennings led to the Statesmen first touchdown.

Micah Davis completed a 12-yard pass to L.J. Castile to tie the score with 4:33 left in the first quarter.

Orion Ponder's long kickoff return gave Albany State the ball in Delta State territory on the next possession.

Stanley Jennings then found Ronnie Childs on a play that gave the Rams first and goal at the DSU six-yard line.

On third and goal from the two, a bad snap that went 20 yards over the head of Orion Ponder with Dominique Davenport recovering the fumble for the Statesmen.

The Rams forced a punt on DSU"s opening possession of the second half but Janell Jones fumbled the punt and the Statesmen recovered at the ASU six-yard line.

On the next play, DSU's Trevor Deed ran into the endzone for his first touchdown of the game.

After forcing an ASU punt, Davis then completed a long pass to Maurice Moore.

The drive ended with Davis throwing a touchdown pass to Deed and the DSU lead was 21-7.

The Rams final fumble of the game led to the final score a touchdown run by Brandon Lucas.

Delta State is now 10-3 and will play Shepherd in the DII semifinals next Saturday.

Albany State finishes the season 11-1 after losing for a third time in the national quarterfinals.

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