ITTA BENA, Miss. -- De'Angelo Ballard ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown and Ryan Ducksworth returned a fumble for another score to open up a close game and Alabama A&M pulled away from Mississippi Valley State 35-16 on Saturday in a game which featured a lengthy lightning delay.
Ballard's touchdown with 13:42 remaining in the fourth quarter made it 28-16. Ducksworth's scoop and score with 9:37 to go proved to be the final score.
Mississippi Valley State (0-2) took a 16-14 lead late in the second quarter when Booker Chambers hooked up with Grant Simms on a 45-yard but A&M came right back to lead 21-16 at the half when Ballard scored on a 4-yard run.
Alabama A&M (1-1) received first-half touchdowns from Jordan Bentley on a 9-yard run and Brian Brower on a 50-yard hookup with Ballard.
Ballard passed for 140 yards and rushed for 78.
Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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