Footman broke two tackles en route to a 50-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive. He connected with Norlando Veals for a 21-yard touchdown for a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and Footman's 8-yard sneak made it 24-0 at halftime.
Alcorn State ran for 197 yards in the first half, averaging 9 yards per carry, and outgained Alabama State 330-10.
Footman threw for 160 yards and one touchdown, and added 122 yards rushing for Alcorn State (4-2, 3-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference). Veals had seven catches for 97 yards and one touchdown for the Braves, who won their ninth consecutive game against the SWAC's East Division.
Alabama State (0-5, 0-2), which has been held under 20 points in four straight games in the series, didn't get into Alcorn State's territory until the first possession of the second half.
Ezra Gray carried it 12 times for 124 yards, including a 59-yard TD, for the Hornets.
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Oftentimes that brutal stretch in the middle can be the difference between a successful or disappointing season.
Former Wisconsin football player Jake Wood, who went on to join the Marines and co-found Team Rubicon, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at this year's ESPYS.
Quarterback Hunter Johnson is transferring from Clemson to Northwestern but must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.
Defensive lineman Adam Shuler, who is transferring from West Virginia to Florida, will be eligible right away and have two years of eligibility remaining.
As long as Nick Saban is around, Alabama is an easy choice for the top spot. But Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia aren't far behind.
ESPN 300 offensive lineman Harry Miller announced his commitment to Ohio State on Sunday. He is the No. 20-ranked prospect in the 2019 class.
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