Noah Kiani kicks 4 FGs, including 30-yarder in OT; Alcorn State beats Alabama State 23-20

Updated Oct. 1, 2023 12:11 a.m. ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Aaron Allen passed for 370 yards and two touchdowns and Noah Kiani kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to help Alcorn State beat Alabama State 23-20 on Saturday.

Allen completed 32 of 46 passes with an interception and Kiani, who also connected from 39 yards to close the first quarter and from 24 yards as time in regulation expired, tied his career high with three made field goals. Monterio Hunt had six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown for Alcorn State (2-3, 1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference).

Kiani, however, had a 39-yard attempt blocked by Tre Phillips and James Burgess scooped up the ball and scored from 75 yards out to give Alabama State (1-3, 0-2) a 20-17 lead with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter. Burgess intercepted a pass on Alcorn State's ensuing drive but the Hornets gave it right back when Tyler Smith forced a fumble by Ja'Won Howell that was recovered by Malachi Bailey at the Braves 5.

Allen completed 8 of 12 passes on the ensuing drive, including a 41-yard pass to Malik Rodgers on third-and-10 that moved Alcorn State to the Hornets 6 and, after an incomplete pass, Kiani tied it at 20-all to force overtime.


The Braves started overtime with the ball and their drive stalled at the 30, setting up Kiani's kick that would prove to be the winner.

Alcorn State's Devin Dawson sacked Dematrius Davis to make it fourth-and-16 before Jaydon John missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt for the Hornets.

Marcus Harris II led Alabama State with 80 yards rushing, including a 10-yard TD in the second quarter, on 10 carries.


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