by Lut Williams
(1) South Carolina State 61, Benedict 20
The BCSP No. 1 Bulldogs of S.C. State (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) stuck to the ground game in pounding out a decisive win over SIAC Div. II member Benedict in Columbia.
SCSU running backs Chris Massey (20 carries, 148 yards, 2 TDs) and Asheton Jordan (14 carries, 126 yards, 2 TDs) led the ground assault which saw the Bulldogs rack up 371 rushing yards and score six rushing touchdowns.
The Bulldogs tried just 15 passes to go with 59 rushing plays.
SC State¹s other scores came on a 54-yard Richard Christie punt return, a blocked punt return and two Blake Erickson field goals.
Alabama State 18, (2) Prairie View A&M 15
Alabama State staged Saturday¹s biggest shocker as they went on the road and knocked off defending SWAC champion and BCSP co-No. 1 Prairie View on a 41-yard field goal by Andrew Lyons with :23 left. The ASU win ended the Panthers 15-game SWAC winning streak.
The surprising Hornets (3-0, 2-0 SWAC E) did it in the first game of the season for reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and Championship Game MVP, Prairie View QB K. J. Black who had missed the team¹s first two games while recovering from knee surgery.
Black, who led the nation in passing efficiency a year ago completing 70% of his passes while throwing for 22 TDs and just 4 interceptions, was just 15 of 32 for 150 yards and had two picks.
Trailing 12-7 early in the fourth quarter, ASU¹s Saeed Lee recovered a fumbled punt by PV¹s Brandon Bell on the PV 23. ASU quarterback Devin Dominguez rushed twice to the 7 before hitting Nick Andrews for a score that put them up 13-12. Dominguez then hit Chad Griffin for a two-point coverstion to put the Hornets up 15-12.
Prairie View tied the game on placekicker Brady Faggard¹s 42-yard field goal with 1:55 to play at the end of a nine-play, 34-yard drive.
On the game-winning drive that began at his own 20, Dominguez (9-16-1, 113 yards) completed three passes for 32 yards and rushed for 18 yards setting up Lyons¹ game winner.
(3) Texas Southern 32, Alabama A&M 9
Texas Southern (1-2, 1-0 SWAC W) pitched a second half shutout to get past Alabama A&M.
Leading just 10-9 at the half, TSU got some breathing room after two defensive scores. TSU linebacker Zack Gallow tackled A&M running back Tony Green in the A&M end zone midway thru the third quarter to put the Tigers up 12-9. Then, Derricus Purdy returned a Deauntae Mason interception 27 yards for a score early in the fourth period.
TSU would get two Arvell Nelson fourth-quarter TD passes to close out the scoring. He hit James Davis on a 10-yarder at the 8:47 mark before connecting with Joseph Anderson from 61 yards away with 4:08 left.
Nelson threw two picks but finished 14 of 26 for 288 yards and the two scores. Anderson had seven receptions for 201 yards. The TSU defense sacked Mason six times.
(4) Grambling State 28, (10) Jackson State 21
It came down to the final play in the game¹s last ten seconds before Grambling State (1-1, 1-0) could pull out a win at home over Jackson State (2-1, 0-1).
GSU running back Cornelius Walker rushed for 256 yards on 16 carries and scored three TDs to pace the G-Men to the win. His last score, a 7-yard jaunt to paydirt after earlier scoring runs of 3 and 52 yards, gave Grambling its first two-touchdown lead at 28-14 with 12:40 to play. After forcing a Jackson State punt, Grambling appeared ready to score a clinching touchdown, driving to the JSU 5 before GSU quarterback Anthony Carrothers¹ fumble was recovered by JSU¹s Todd Wilcher at the 8:47 mark.
JSU needed ten plays to pull within a touchdown at 28-21 on QB Casey Therriault¹s 5-yard run with 5:46 left. The big play in the drive was a 62-yard Therriault pass to Jeremy Mayes that took the ball to the Grambling 5.
Following the kickoff, Grambling got one first down before punting, pinning the Blue Tigers back at their own 7.
With just 2:54 left, Therriault, who finished 29 of 51 for 346 yards and two scores, was not done. This time, from his own end zone, he hit another big throw, this one covering 52 yards to B.J. Lee to the GSU 41. He then completed a fourth-and-17 pass to E. J. Drewery to the GSU 20 with 30 seconds left. After two incompletions, Therriault rushed to the GSU 12 setting up JSU¹s final play on fourth down, a corner pattern intended for Anthony Mayes barely broken up in the end zone by GSU cornerback David Stuckman.
Grambling took over with :09 on the clock for the kneel down.
(5) Florida A&M 50, Howard 7
Florida A&M running back Eddie Rocker scored on two runs and hauled in a 78-yard scoring pass to lead the Rattlers (2-1, 2-0 MEAC) past Howard (0-3, 0-2).
Fullback Lavontae Page added two short scoring runs in the first half, and combined with Rocker¹s long scoring reception and a 30-yard fumble return by Qier Hall to stake the Rattlers to a 27-7 halftime lead.
Rocker added scoring runs of 4 and 18 yards in the second half. The FAMU defense held Howard to 14 passing yards and only allowed the Bison on the board on a 2-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
(6) Norfolk State 51, Virgina State 28
Norfolk State runnning back DeAngelo Branche had four short scoring runs en route to rushing 26 times for 167 yards in the Spartans (2-1, 2-0 MEAC) win over Div. II and CIAA rival Virginia State (2-1, 1-0 CIAA).
NSU quarterback Chris Walley also had a productive day, completing 17 of 22 passes for 237 yards and two TDs.
(8) Albany State 34, (7) Tuskegee 6
Albany State ended a four-game losing streak to four-time defending champion Tuskegee and pinned the first home loss on the Golden Tigers in 25 games in dominating their SIAC matchup of BCSP ranked teams in Tuskegee.
ASU quarterback Stan Jennings (9 of 15, 136 yards) threw three touchdown passes, two late in the second quarter to wideout Octavius Stanton that staked the Golden Rams to a 20-0 halftime lead. The second of Stanton¹s scoring receptions came at the halftime buzzer from 12 yards out.
Jennings connected with Ronnie Childs from 27 yards out early in the third quarter to extend the lead to 27-0. Tuskegee¹s only points came on a Jonathan Harris to Jonathan Lessa 29-yard pass near the end of the third quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, ASU RB LiRonne Davis capped the scoring on a 36-yard scoring run. Robert Welton, who scored ASU¹s first TD on a 13-yard run, led the rushiing attack with 97 yards in 15 carries. The Golden Rams controlled the clock and dominated the game amassing 226 rushing yards.
Tuskegee was held to just 173 yards of total offense, only 30 on the ground.
(9) Hampton 35, NC A&T 21
Hampton quarterback David Legree completed 17 of 26 passes for 206 yards and four TDs to pace the Pirates¹ (2-1, 2-0 MEAC) comeback win over NC A&T (0-3, 0-2).
Legree¹s 34-yard second quarter scoring toss to Donte¹ Davis and Justin Ferrell¹s 85-yard return on the ensuing kickoff were the only first hafl scores and sent the teams into the half tied at 7.
A&T went up 14-7 as RB Mke Mayhew (22 carries, 112 yards) scored on a 6-yard run on the opening drive of the third quarter.
Hampton tied the score on the ensuing possession on Legree¹s 21-yard hook-up with Javaris Brown and took a 21-14 lead later in the period when Legree hit Isaiah Thomas from 9 yards out. Antwan Chisolm (11 carries, 114 yards) later scored on a 72-yard run to put the Pirates up 28-14 with 2:58 left in the third. The teams exchanged fourth quarter scoring passes. A&T QB Shelton Morgan connected with Devin Moore on a 3-yard score before Legree hit Thomas from 10 yards out.
OTHER KEY GAMES
Elizabeth City State 38, Fayetteville State 20
Creven Powell threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns and Daronte McNeil rushed for two TD¹s as the Elizabeth City State Vikings (2-1) scored 31 unanswered points to erase an early lead by defending CIAA champion Fayetteville State (1-2) and down the Broncos in the 13th Annual Down East Classic yesterday in Rocky Mount.
Morehouse 41, Kentucky State 25
Morehouse improved to 4-0 (4-0 SIAC) for the first time since 1935 behind the play of sophomore quarterback Byron Ingram, who tied the team record by throwing for five touchdown passes.
Four of Ingram¹s scoring tosses staked the Maroon Tigers to a 27-7 halftime lead. He added a fifth in the second half to Robert Darby-McNair, who totalled three scoring receptions on the day.
Morehouse¹s lone rushing touchdown, a three-yard run by Vance King, gave the Tigers a 41-7 lead. Three KSU touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.