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by Lut Williams BCSP Editor

(1) South Carolina State was idle
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(2) Grambling State 34, (8) Prairie View A&M 17
BCSP No. 2 Grambling State (2-1, 2-0) controlled both lines of scrimmage, rushed for 288 yards and scored on two long scoring plays late to knock off SWAC defending champion and BCSP No. 8 Prairie View A&M (1-3, 1-2) before 43,754 at the State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Grambling running back Frank Warren ran for 151 yards on 24 carries and scored two TDs to lead the Tigers¹ ground assault. Warren has rushed for 407 yards and 5 TDs in his last two games.

After leading 14-10 at the break, Warren¹s second TD, on a 12-yard run with 9:55 left in the third period, gave the G-Men a 20-17 lead and came just four plays after Prairie View had gone up 17-14 on K. J. Black¹s 17-yard scoring strike to Shaun Stephens. Warren had also scored on a 2-yard run just before the half.

The teams traded punches until late in the fourth quarter when Grambling quarterback Aaron Carrothers (10-16-1, 152 yards) hit Kiare Thompson on a 59-yard scoring pass with 4:21 left. Black (20-32-0, 2247 yards) then led the Panthers on a 10-play drive that ended with a block of Brady Faggard¹s 35-yard field goal attempt.

Four plays later, Grambling sealed the deal when Cornelius Walker (8 carries, 85 yards) rambled 66 yards to paydirt with 1:24 to play.

Grambling held Prairie View to 69 rushing yards in 32 attempts.

THIS WEEK: Grambling State at Alabama A&M¹s homecoming | Prairie View A&M at Miss. Valley State¹s homecoming.

Tennessee State 29, (3) Florida A&M 18
Tennessee State running back Preston Brown ran 71 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and totalled 233 yards on 28 carries to pace the Tigers¹ (2-2) domination of BCSP No. 3 Florida A&M (2-2).

Brown¹s fellow running back Donte¹ Davis carried 13 times for 84 yards and added a  3-yard score in the fourth quarter as TSU amassed 304 rushing yards. The TSU defense registered eight sacks of FAMU quarterback Martin Ukpai and held Joe Taylor¹s Rattlers to 24 rushing yards in 25 attempts.

TSU placekicker Jamin Godfrey added field goals of 33, 32 and 37 yards to the Tigers¹ effort.

Brown went over the 100-yard mark on the Tigers¹ second possession of the game, gaining 29 yards on the ground before Joseph Hills capped the drive by pulling in a 15-yards scoring toss from TSU QB Jeremy Perry (8-16-0 109 yards).

FAMU got two-yard scoring runs by Lavante Page, one just before the half and another early in the fourth quarter. They added a touchdown at the final gun.

THIS WEEK: Florida A&M hosting BCSP No. 1. S. Carolina State | Tennessee State vs. NC A&T at Circle City Classic

Bethune-Cookman 21, (4) Norfolk State 7
Quarterback Matthew Johnson (17-27-0, 225 yards) threw TD passes on three of Bethune-Cookman¹s first four possessions as new head coach Brian Jenkins¹ Wildcats (3-0, 1-0 MEAC) stayed unbeaten and projected themselves into the MEAC title picture with an upset of BCSP No. 4 Norfolk State.

Pete Adrian¹s Spartans (2-2, 1-1) could only muster a lone fourth quarter touchdown despite having numerous chances.

Johnson connnected with Tony Wilson from 16 yards on the game¹s opening possession capping an 8-play, 69-yard drive that put B-CU up 7-0. Later in the opening period, the Wildcats needed just four plays to cover 88 yards, the last 42 coming on Johnson¹s hookup with Eddie Poole.

B-CU¹s T. Bell blocked and recovered a punt on NSU¹s ensuing possession.

Johnson hooked up with Randy James from 11 yards out for the score four plays later with 14:51 left in the second quarter.

In the fourth quarter, in addition to a one-yard scoring run from Takeem Hedgemen early in the period, NSU missed a 41-yard field goal, was stopped twice on fourth down deep in BCU territory and was interecepted at the BCU 12.

NSU QB Chris Walley completed 22 of 42 passes for 196 yards. Victor Hairston had 8 receptions for 83 yards.

THIS WEEK:  Norfolk State idle | Bethune-Cookman at Morgan State.

Alcorn State 41, (5) Alabama State 21
Alcorn State freshman quarterback Brandon Bridges (13-24-2, 225 yards, 8 carries, 70 yards) had a 57-yard scoring run and passed for a touchdown while running back Gabriel Nash ran for 135 yards (29 carries) and two TDs as the Braves (3-0, 2-0) humbled BCSP No. 5 Alabama State a week after the Hornets (3-1, 3-1) knocked off defending SWAC champ Prairie View A&M.

Alabama State scored on the game¹s opening possession on Devin Dominguez¹s 10-yard scoring run but then saw Alcorn State score 24 unanswered points. Bridge¹s 57-yard run got Alcorn on the board at the 10-minute mark of the opening period. Later in the period, Bridge¹s 57-yard pass to Edward Johnson set the Braves up for Nash¹s first TD, a 12-yard jaunt at the 3-minute mark.

Arturo Tomayo added a 32-yard second quarter field goal before Hector Tonye-Tonye returned an Anthony Speight fumble 55 yards to put the Braves up 24-7, 5:43 before the half. But the teams were not through.

Alcorn¹s Terrence Lewis fumbled a punt deep in his own territory and the Hornets needed just one play, a 26-yard hook up from Demetric Price to T. C.

McWilliams, to get within 24-14. But after a short kickoff and a face mask penatly on first down, Alcorn needed just four plays to reach paydirt, scoring on Bridges¹ one-yard toss to Lewis to lead 31-14 at the break.

An interception of a Price pass led to the Braves final touchdown, a 2-yard rush by Nash midway thru the third quarter. Alcorn State placekicker Arturo Tomayo added a 42-yard field goal later in the period.

The Alcorn State defense held Alabama State to 37 rushing yards on 30 attempts while the Braves¹ offense pounded out 205 yards on the ground.

Alabama State alternated quarterbacks Devin Dominguez (16-29-2, 196 yards) and Demetric Price (10-24-1, 102 yards).

THIS WEEK:  Alcorn State at Mississippi State | Alabama State hosting Texas Southern.

(6) Albany State 28, Savannah State 14
BCSP No. 6 Albany State (4-0) rushed for 291 yards and jumped out to a 28-0 lead in dominating winless Savannah State (0-4) at a game in Waycross, Ga.

ASU¹s first drive was halted by an interception but the Golden Rams would score on its next three times with the ball to lead 21-0 at the break.

ASU running back Lironne Davis opened the scoring on a 37-yard TD run with 2:08 lett in the first quarter. After holding SSU to a three-and-out, the Rams needed 10 plays to cover 73 yards scoring on a 6-yard pass from QB Stan Jennings to Chris Oliver to go up 14-0. Following another three-and-out, ASU went 82-yards in 8 plays capped by Robert Welton¹s three-yard run.

Their first second half drive ended in a lost fumble but after again stopping SSU, ASU scored its final touchdown on a 35-yard run by Kareem Hess at the end of an 8-ply 92-yard drive.

SSU would get on the board late in the third quarter following a Welton fumble. It¹s final touchdown drive covered 99 yards in 11 plays and came with 5:41 to play.

THIS WEEK: Albany State hosts Lane

(7) Hampton was idle
NEXT: At Delaware State Thursday.

Tuskegee 21, (9) Texas Southern 14
Tuskegee running back Nykeem Barton¹s third rushing touchdown of the game with 57 seconds left provided the Golden Tigers (3-1, 2-1) with the margin of victory over BCSP No. 9 Texas Southern (1-3-1-1) in a SIAC vs. SWAC slugfest in Mobile, Alabama.

Barton scored from the one-yard line four plays after the Golden Tigers¹ Mal Crutchfield sacked TSU quarterback Arvell Nelson and caused him to fumble at the TSU 16. Tuskegee¹s Brandon Mitchell got the recovery.

On the second play after the score, Tuskegee intercepted Nelson to seal the win.

Prior to the dramatic finish the teams staged a true slugfest. Texas Southern threw the first blow, intercepting Tuskegee quarterback Joshua Harris on the first play from scrimmage and scoring four plays later on Nelson¹s two-yard run. Willie Slater¹s Golden Tigers responded with a 17-play, 84-yard drive to even the score at 7 on Barton¹s first score, a 2-yard run with 4:14 left in the opening period.

TSU came back on the next possession to march 71 yards in 15 plays to go up 14-7 on Nelson¹s one-yard plunge at the 12:55 mark of the second period.

Tuskegee again responded, going 60 yards in 15 plays to tie the score at 14 on Barton¹s 5-yard run.

TSU twice drove deep into Tuskegee territory late in the first half but missed on a 37-yard field goal attempt and had a Nelson pass picked offf.

Tuskegee was stopped twice on fourth down in TSU territory before the break.

The teams, who were scoreless in the second half before the game-winning touchdown,were nearly even in total yards (Tuskegee 264, TSU 287) and time of possession. Both threw two interceptions while Texas Southern lost three fumbles and Tuskegee lost two.

THIS WEEK: Texas Southern ia at Alabama State | Tuskegee hosts Miles.

(10) Morehouse 30, Lincoln (Mo) 14
David Carter rushed for 211 yards on 20 carries and scored one touchdown while the Maroon Tigers (5-0, 4-0 SIAC) defense had nine sacks and held Lincoln (Mo.) to 137 total yards on offense as BCSP No. 10 Morehouse downed the stubborn Tigers.

Lincoln¹s Maurice Woodard returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score to put Morehouse in an early hole. They responded with a 7-play, 68-yard drive ending in Carter¹s two-yard score. Morehouse placekicker Ian Mullin would put the Maroon Tigers up 9-7 on a 33-yard field goal before Donnay Ragland scored on a 10-yard run to stretch the lead to 16-7. Lincoln added a late touchdown to trail 16-14 at the half.

The Morehouse defense pitched a second half shutout while the offense added two third quarter scores, one on an 11-yard pass from Ragland to Myeric Thompson.

THIS WEEK:  Morehouse is idle.

(10) Winston-Salem State 31, Fayetteville State 14
Quarterback Kameron Smith passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and running back Darryl Thomas rushed for a season-high 114 yards on 10 carries as BCSP No. 10 Winston-Salem State stayed unbeaten under new coach Conell Maynor by knocking off defending CIAA champ and Southern Division favorite Fayetteville State (1-3, 0-1 CIAA S) on the Broncos¹ home field.

WSSU (5-0, 2-0 CIAA S) amassed 397 yards of total offense while holding the Broncos to 217.

WSSU standout wide receiver Dominique Fitzgerald (4 rec., 81 yards, 1 TD) opened the scoring by hauling in a 46-yard TD pass from Smith and later on a wide-receiver option, threw a 28-yard score to Patrick Terry to put the Rams up 21-7 early in the third quarter. Landon Thayer¹s 27-yard field goal and Smith¹s 4-yard scoring pass to Cedric Hickman pushed WSSU to a 31-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

THIS WEEK:  WSSU is at Johnson C. Smith

­OTHER KEY GAMES ­

Shaw 31, Elizabeth City State 28
Shaw (2-2) got two defensive touchdowns, the second on a 54-yard interception return by Darnell Evans with 6:21 left to edge Elizabeth City State (2-2).

Shaw threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles but still survived.

The Bears led 17-7 at the break after scoring on a fumble recovery in the end zone, a 34-yard Caleb Reid field goal and a one-yard Antonio Dunn run.

ECSU running back Daronte McNeil scored on a two-yard third quarter run and added a one-yarder early in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 21-17 lead. Shaw came back to score on a 30-yard scoring toss from Kevin Atkins to Tyrone Craig before Evans¹ return put them up 31-21.

ECSU scored on Creven Powell¹s 16-yard pass to Bryan Fields with 3:37 left.

Bowie State 28, Virginia Union 27
Bowie State quarterback Clifton Budd passed for 355 yards and 3 TDs, two coming in the second half that propelled the Bulldogs (2-0, 2-3) to a CIAA Northern Division win over Virginia Union (1-3, 1-1).

Budd¹s final TD toss, a 39 yarder to Gregory Jackson, tied the score at 27. Michael Gagne¹s PAT provided the winning margin.

VUU had trailed 15-13 at the half, but scored first in the second half on a one-yard run by Jeremy Washington and later added a 17-yard fumble recovery to go up 27-15 midway thru the third quarter.

­ TOP PERFORMANCES ­

PASSING
Casey Therriault, Jackson State 33 of 50, 374 yards, 4 TDs
Clifton Budd, Bowie State 32 of 51, 355 yards, 3 TDs
K. J. Black, Prairie View A&m 20 of 32, 247 yards, 1 TD
Brandon Bridges, Alcorn State 13 of 24, 225 yards, 1 TD
Matthew Johnson, Bethune-Cookman 17 of 27, 225 yards, 3 TDs
Deauntae Mason, Alabama A&M 17 of 29, 221 yards, 4 TDs
Laquan Williams, Lincoln (Pa.) 13 of 28, 213 yards, 2 TDs
Josh Boudreaux, Arkansas Pine Bluff 16 of 24, 212 yards, 3 TDs
Kameron Smith, Winston-Salem State 15 of 21, 211 yards, 2 TD
RUSHING
Preston Brown, Tennessee State 28 carries, 233 yards, 1 TD
David Carter, Morehouse 20 carries, 211 yards, 1 TD
Mike Mayhew, NC A&T 24 carries, 183 yards, 1 TD
Frank Warren, Grambling State 24 carries, 151 yards, 2 TDs
Gabriel Nash, Alcorn State 29 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs
Raymond Williams, Shaw 28 carries, 132 yards
Martin Gilbert, Texas Southern 19 carries, 121 yards
Daronte McNeil, Eliz. City State 27 carries, 119 yards, 2 TDs
Darryl Thomas, Winston-Salem State 10 carries, 114 yards
Justin Billings, Arkansas Pine Bluff 9 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD
Michael Adams, Benedict 13 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
Walter Sanders, St. Augustine¹s 17 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
RECEIVING
Raymond Webber, Ark.-Pine Bluff 11 receptions, 162 yards, 3 TDs
Robert Holland, Chowan 11 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD
Douglas McNeil, Bowie State 7 receptions, 144 yards, 1 TD
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