Lopez in on 3 touchdowns in North Alabama’s 25-20 win

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Christian Lopez connected with Jakobi Byrd on a 30-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and North Alabama defeated Alabama A&M 25-20 on Saturday night.

Both of Lopez’s touchdown passes went to Byrd and the quarterback also scored on a 1-yard run for the Lions (2-0), who are in their first FCS season and were playing the Bulldogs (1-1) for the first time since 1997. The two schools are about 80 miles apart.

Chandler Carrera had the Lions’ other points with a field goal.

Aqeel Glass threw touchdown passes to Jeron Jones and Isaiah Baily before Spencer Corey added two field goals, the latter giving the Bulldogs a 20-18 lead after three quarters.

Glass was 24-of-40 passing for 216 yards but with an interception by KJ Smith that ended the Bulldogs’ final possession and a fumble recovered by Brady Owensby that led to the Lions’ final touchdown.

Lopez completed 13 of 18 attempts for 146 yards