ALBANY —The Albany State Golden Rams put an exclamation point at the end of homecoming weekend, defeating Clark Atlanta 36-3.

The Rams not only improve to 5-3 on the season, but they took sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the SIAC East after Benedict fell 14-10 to Morehouse on Saturday.

Here are a few keys from the game:

SPECIAL TEAMS RISE

TO THE OCCASION

Coming into the game, ASU head coach Gabe Giardina said he challenged the special teams unit to step up and make plays. In the first half alone the Rams blocked two punts, and a field goal. Giardina said they were alert and took advantage of the opportunities given to them in that phase of the game.

“We challenged them to provide the winning edge,” he said. “We saw some things that we could take advantage of on tape and guys just executed and did what they were supposed to do and I’m proud of them for that.”

DEFENSE CREATED

OFFENSE

The “Dirty Blue” recovered two of five fumbles and picked off two passes throughout the game. Several of these forced turnovers put the Rams in the red zone and took the pressure off an offense that struggled for much of the day. Tracy Scott finished with 110 rushing yards to lead the way, while quarterback Kelias Williams had a quiet night, finishing 4 of 9 for 45 yards and one interception. The Rams also lost two of their three fumbles. Giardina said the offense has to get back to the basics in order to be successful.

“We had some turnovers that were unforced and you’ve got to take care of the ball in order for us to play well on offense, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “When we don’t do that, then it’s hard for us to move the ball. It’s not rocket science, it’s not difficult to understand. We’ve got to play with good fundamentals.”

RAMS PUT ON A SHOW FOR RECRUITS

In addition to Blue and Gold faithful spanning various decades high school prospects had the opportunity to see the Rams in action. Giardina said the fans really represented ASU culture well and showed how great it is to be a part of the Ram family.

“I just hope they see that this is a hard-nosed team that plays for each other. And I want them to see how special it is to play here,” he said. “Our fans prove that to us every week when they show up no matter where we go and I just hope they get to see that and just how special it is to play here.”

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