MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Derrick Washington ran for 95 yards and a touchdown and threw a 57-yard pass on a halfback option to help Tuskegee beat Alabama State 27-25 on Thursday in the Turkey Day Classic, spoiling the Hornets' first game at New ASU Stadium.
Washington also had three catches for 32 yards for the Southern Intercollegiate champion Tigers (10-1). Justin Nared was 9 of 16 for 161 yards and two touchdowns, a 40-yard strike to Marquel Gardner in the second quarter and a 16-yarder to Kaleep Williams in the third. Gardner had four catches for 149 yards.
Alabama State (7-4) had a chance to tie with 2:04 to play, but Greg Jenkins' two-point conversion pass failed.
The Hornets cut it to 24-19 early in the fourth quarter on Jenkins' 5-yard pass to Jarrett Neely, Tuskegee made it 27-19 on Eduardo Murillo's 20-yard field with 5:22 to go, and Alabama State completed the scoring on Isaiah Crowell's 1-yard run before the deciding two-point try failed.
Jenkins was 20 of 26 for 147 yards and an interception and also ran for 106 yards on 15 carries. Crowell led the Hornets in rushing with 118 yards on 18 carries.
Tuskegee has won 10 straight after opening with a loss to Alabama A&M. The Division II Tigers were coming off a 55-24 victory over Fort Valley State last week in the SIAC Championship game in Atlanta. They will play Elizabeth City State in the Pioneer Bowl on Dec. 1 in Columbus, Ga.
Tuskegee leads the Turkey Day Classic series 49-32-3 and is 61-34-4 overall against Alabama State.
A crowd of 29,500 attended the game.
The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.
If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.
After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.
"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."
Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?
"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."
Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?
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Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings.
The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.
Steelers player preceded to plunder his locker Wednesday. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate.
It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow.
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