Week 7 Game by Game recap of scores and highlights for each conference.
Columbus, GA – The high-scoring offense failed to launch for the first time this season and Morehouse fell, 31-15, to the Tuskegee Golden Tigers, in the 75th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic.
Morehouse’s 15 points and 213 total yards were season lows, for the team that averaged 40 points and 366 yards per game. The Maroon Tigers dropped to (5-1, 4-1 SIAC); Tuskegee improved to (5-1, 4-1 SIAC).
Fort Valley Makes Up For Last Year Against The CAU Panthers
Fort Valley’s Wildcats (5-1, 4-1 SIAC) beat the Clark Atlanta Panthers (3-3, 3-2 SIAC) by a score of 40-16 in Atlanta. The win keeps FVSU in a tie for second with Morehouse and Tuskegee .
Albany State Continues To Impress In Win Over Struggling Miles College
It was homecoming in Albany, GA and the Rams put on a show. The ASU Rams (6-0, 5-0) beat the Bears (2-5, 2-4 SIAC) 34-7 and hold a one game lead over three other SIAC teams.
Thorobreds Rolls Past Marauders
In convincing fashion, the Kentucky State Thorobreds defeated the Marauders of Central State, 41-24, today; improving to 3-4 overall (2-3 SIAC).
Benedict Outlasts Lane To Win In Overtime
HBCUSportsOnline’s preseason pick, Benedict College (2-5, 2-4 SIAC) drops Lane College (0-5, 0-6 SIAC) in overtime 30-23.
Concordia-Selma Keeps Stillman Winless
The Stillman Tigers (0-6, 0-5 SIAC) remain winless after falling to Concordia-Selma 18-17 in a non-conference game.
Full SIAC recap to come.
Texas Southern 30, Alcorn State 20
Alcorn State, Miss. – Marquis Jackson had his second sack of the game, forcing a fumble to prevent a potential game-winning touchdown late in Texas Southern’s 30-20 win over Alcorn State on Saturday.
The Tigers (3-3, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 23-20 when the Braves (3-2, 2-1) were driving in Texas Southern territory.
Alcorn State’s Brandon Bridge went to pass on fourth-and-16 from the Tigers’ 35 when Jackson tallied his seventh tackle, and fourth for a loss.
The Tigers’ Jerome Thomas picked it up and ran 65 yards for the score with 29 seconds left.
Bridge, who had 197 yards on 15-for-34 passing, tied it at 20 on a 37-yard run late in the third. Robert Hersh’s 30-yard field goal put the Tigers ahead by three with 10:21 left.
Marcus Wright rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown and Arvell Nelson had 159 yards on 18-for-35 passing for Texas Southern.
Grambling 22, Alabama State 7
Grambling, La. – Anthony Carrothers threw for a touchdown and Zoltan Riazzo kicked three field goals to help Grambling State defeat Alabama State 22-7 on Saturday.
Frank Warren rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries as the Tigers (4-1, 4-0 Southwest Athletic Conference) finished with 216 yards on the ground. Grambling, who came in averaging 236.3 yards rushing per game, held the Hornets (3-3, 3-3) to just 71 yards on the ground.
Grambling State jumped out to a 12-0 lead on Riazzo’s 39-yard field goal and maintained their dominance in the second half, despite a touchdown run by the Hornets.
Quenda McKibbon capped an 8-play, 62-yard drive on a 1-yard scoring run to pull Alabama State within 12-7 with 7:17 left in the third quarter.
Riazzo then kicked a 36-yard field goal and Larry Donnell caught a 4-yard pass from Carrothers 48 seconds into the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Jackson State 30, Alabama A&M 14
Jackson, Miss. – Casey Therriault threw three touchdown passes to Anthony Mayes as Jackson State took care of Alabama A&M in Southwestern Athletic Conference play on Saturday night.
Therriault hooked up with Mayes on two separate 44-yard touchdowns to give the Tigers (4-1, 2-1) an early 14-0 lead. The second score capped a 91-yard scoring drive that took just 28 seconds. Kaderius Lacey scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to 14-7.
Therriault increased the Tigers’ lead to 20-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:44 left in the first half before Reed Gallagher’s missed extra point.
Lacey scored his second TD early in the third quarter from 11 yards out to cut the deficit for Alabama A&M (2-4, 1-4) to 20-14.
Gallagher kicked a 25-yard field goal, and Therriault hit Mayes with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 13:29 left in the game to end the scoring.
Southern 38, Mississippi Valley State 20
Baton Rouge, La. – Jeremia McGinty threw for two touchdowns and Southern University defeated Mississippi Valley State 38-20 on Saturday night.
McGinty had 224 yards on 14-for-24 passing, including a 62-yard touchdown throw to LaQuinton Evans to give the Jaguars (2-3, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
After holding the Delta Devils (0-6, 0-5) to a three-and-out, Southern attempted a 45-yard field goal which was blocked and returned 65-yards by Markkus Davis to tie the score 7-7. The Jaguars, however, scored the next 17 points to break it open.
Evans finished with 82 yards on four catches, and Southern got additional production from its backup quarterback. Joseph Day had 106 yards and a touchdown on 5-for-7 passing. His score came on a 73-yard pass to Rashaun Allen for a 31-20 lead with 8:40 remaining in the game.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s safe to say Delonte “Smoke” Williams has settled in to his new role with Morgan State.
The Bears’ new quarterback ran three touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion, leading his team to a 27-14 conference win over North Carolina A&T in front of a Homecoming crowd of 21,500 at Aggies Stadium. The win extended MSU coach Donald Hill Eley’s career record against the Aggies to 7-2, including five straight since 2005.
The three touchdown mark by Williams was the most by a Bear since former standout Chad Simpson ran for three TDs against Savannah State in 2007.
The redshirt-freshman piloted the Bears to its best offensive production of the season as MSU evened their record to 3-3 overall and improved to 2-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. And it helped that the offensive line and running back Keith Lee came out rolling.
MSU held a 27-14 lead at halftime, equaling its largest halftime total since putting up 26 points against Bethune-Cookman last Saturday in Baltimore.
After quarterback Ricky Lewis was intercepted by freshman Paul Eatman on the Aggies’ opening possession, Lee broke off 27- and 10-yard runs, setting up Williams’ 17-yard touchdown scramble. A missed extra point gave the Bears a 6-0 early advantage.
SC State Wins Easily Over Norfolk State 34-13
ORANGEBURG, SC-The South Carolina State Bulldogs extends their MEAC winning streak to 21 with a 34-13 victory of Norfolk State on Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg.
SC State jumped out 14-7 on a 47-yard punt return by sophomore Josh McFadden at the 10:25 mark in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Malcolm Long connected with running back Chris Massey to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead going in the second quarter.
Long punched in a 1-yard score to put SC State ahead 21-10 in the second quarter with 8:38 left in the half. Junior kicker Blake Erickson booted a 39-yard field goal to close out the first-half with the Bulldogs in the lead 24-10.
Massey rushed for his second touchdown of the day on a 4-yard scamper to give South Carolina State a 34-13 victory over the Spartans of Norfolk State.
Senior running back Chris Massey led the rushing attack with 23 carries for 82 yards, while Malcolm Long the Preseason Player of the Year in the conference finished 12-20 for 125 yards and one touchdown.
The Bulldogs defense was led by senior linebacker David Erby with 11 tackles, while the Spartan defense was led by Devonte Reynolds with 12 tackles.
Wildcats Snap Four-Year Homecoming Losing Streak
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Androse Bell and Matt Johnson accounted for two touchdowns each as Bethune-Cookman rolled to a 47-24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Delaware State in college football here Saturday.
The homecoming win improved B-CU to 3-0 in the MEAC and 5-0 for the season–the fifth 5-0 start in the Wildcats’ 85-year football history and the first since 2002. Delaware State fell to 0-3 in the league and 0-5 overall.
Bell opened the scoring at 4:23 of the first quarter on a one-yard run. The Wildcats were up, 27-2, when he added a three-yard run near the end of the first half.
Johnson, who completed 16 of 21 passes for 259 yards while playing most of the first three quarters, notched a touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. He also threw a 41-yard TD pass to Jevaughn Reams in the third quarter.
B-CU remained one of four undefeated FCS teams, as Appalachian State, Delaware and Jacksonville State also won on Saturday.
Furman Cashes in On Big Plays to Defeat Howard
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman parlayed some big plays on special teams and defense to build a lead and then went on to easily defeat Howard University, 56-14 in a non-conference game at Paladin Stadium before 9,239.
The Paladins (3-2) set the tone early when Adam Mims return a Jeff Miller punt 42 yards to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Mike Brown just 2:08 into the game.
It did not take Furman long to get back on the board again less than two minutes later. This time, it was a 29-yard interception return by Sterling Johnson for a score that opened a 14-0 lead.
The Bison (1-5) were unable to move the ball with any consistency and Furman was ready and willing to capitalize. Jerry Williams capped off a short drive with a one-yard plunge to make it 21-0 with 2:34 still left in the first quarter.
Howard was able to get on the board as quarterbacks Randy Liggins, Jr. and Casey Council combined to engineer an 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off with a 3-yard run by Council to end the quarter. Liggins came up with a big play, a 45-yard pass to Jahmaine Rodriquez to set up the score.
Furman answered on its next possession, taking advantage of good field position and using seven plays to go 57 yards as quarterback Cody Worley took it in from 2 yards out. The Paladins would go on to score two more times to take a 42-7 lead to the locker room.
Hampton 27 – North Carolina Central 13
Florida A&M – Bye Week
WINSTON-SALEM, NC-Buoyed by five first half turnovers that led to 23 points, the Saint Augustine’s Falcons stunned the previously unbeaten Winston-Salem State Rams 40-35 last night at Bowman-Gray Stadium. The Falcons (5-1,4-0) converted four of five turnovers into points as they jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the 23rd ranked Rams (6-1, 4-1) and held on for an important Southern Division win.
In a scenario that would be repeated multiple times in the first half, Falcon defensive back Jamil Berry picked off Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith (211 passing yards, 4 TDs, 5 INTs) on the Rams’ first play from scrimmage. Six plays later, Walter Sanders’ 34-yard touchdown run gave the Falcons an early 7-0 lead. The Rams evened the game up at 7-7 on their next possession when Smith tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Hickman. The Rams, whose prolific offense came into the contest averaging a conference leading 38 points per game, would not score again until late in the third quarter.
The wheels fell off of Winston-Salem State’s usually efficient, quick-strike offense in the second quarter as Saint Augustine’s scored 16 unanswered points off Ram turnovers. Falcon linebacker Steven Stanback’s two interceptions and a fumble recovery were the catalyst as Saint Aug’s pushed the lead to 30-7 at the half over the error-prone Rams.
The Falcons took the opening drive of the third quarter and put together a 70-yard drive that Sanders (121 rushing yards) finished off with his second touchdown of the night, a 25-yard run, to stretch their margin to what appeared to be an insurmountable 37-7 lead with 8:39 left in the third quarter.
Appearances can be deceiving. Down by thirty points and facing the prospect of an embarrassing home loss, the Rams regrouped in a big way. Smith’s short TD toss to Brian Wynn cut the lead to 37-14 at the end of the third and the Rams were off and running.
In the fourth quarter, a nine-yard touchdown run by Nicholas Cooper, a 51-yard scoring pass from Smith to Dominique Fitzgerald (6 catches, 91 yards) and a two-point conversion would make it a one possession game at 37-29 with 6:45 left in the game. On their next possession, the Falcons used a big dose of Sanders to play keep away from the Rams’ suddenly lethal offense. Sanders, the CIAA’s leading rusher at 140 yards per game, carried the ball eight straight times for 40 yards to get down to the WSSU 20-yard line. From there, kicker Alexander Tucker booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Falcons some breathing room at 40-29 with 1:40 left in the game. But the Rams weren’t done yet. On the ensuing kickoff, Nicholas Cooper (143 rushing yards) got loose down the right sideline and raced 50 yards down to the Falcons’ 25-yard line. Four plays later, Smith found Tevyn Brantley in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. The two- point conversion attempt was no good as the Rams trailed 40-35 with :36 seconds left. The Rams attempted an onside kick but the Falcons recovered the ball and ran out the clock for a huge win that propelled them to the top of the CIAA’s Southern Division.
BOWIE STATE 16 SAINT PAUL’S 10 OT
CHOWAN 30 LINCOLN 27
ELIZABETH CITY STATE 17 VIRGINIA UNION 14
FAYETTEVILLE STATE 21 VIRGINIA STATE 14
LIVINGSTONE 03 WEST VA. WESLEYAN 58
SAINT AUGUSTINE’S 40 WINSTON-SALEM ST. 35
SHAW 45 JOHNSON C. SMITH 13
~R. Clark – HBCU Sports Online