Ellis Richardson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Alabama State to a 41-23 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

TSU took a 23-20 lead late in the third quarter when Averion Hurts found Derrick Griffin in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. Alex Anderson returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to give ASU a 27-23 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Richardson had a short touchdown pass to a wide open Brandon Barnes and, less than three minutes later, Khalid Thomas broke a short screen pass for a 46 yard score.

Richardson finished with 162 yards passing and 135 yards rushing for the Hornets (2-3, 2-2). Alex Anderson rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Thomas also notched 73 yards receiving and a pair of scores.

Brad Woodard rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown for TSU (2-3, 1-3). Hurts completed 16 of his 23 passing attempts for 147 yards and one touchdown.

The Hornets did not score first for the first time this season, but they did score on their opening drive as Richardson capped a 15-play, 79 yard drive with a six yard run to even the score at seven.

After another TSU touchdown ASU went into the second quarter trailing 14-7, but on the first play of the second quarter, Richardson hit Khalid Thomas who tip-toed down the sideline for 21 yards and evened the score at 14.

ASU took the lead with less than four minutes left before halftime as Stanley Robinson scored from a yard out. The extra point was missed, but the Hornets had their 20-17 halftime lead.

Kourtney Berry was able to reach the double digit mark for the fifth time this season finishing with 11 stops for ASU. TSU’s Zacch Bamijoko finished with a game high 14 tackles.