– HOW THE BCSP TOP TEN DID –
1) SC State 34, Norfolk State 13
Two-time defending MEAC champion South Carolina State (4-1, 2-0 MEAC) fell behind early but used its run game and a stingy defense to wear down Norfolk State and improve to 2-0 headed to its showdown next week in Orangeburg with undefeated Bethune-Cookman.
The Bulldogs fell behind 7-0 on their first possession when QB Malcom Long’s pass was picked off by Ricardo Volcin and returned 39 yards for a TD. But they got even two possessions later when Josh McFadden returned a punt 47 yards for a score.
SCSU then turned to its running game finishing the game with 172 rushing yards and scoring on a 1-yard Long TD run in the second quarter and a 4-yard Chris Massey score late in the fourth quarter. Between those two scores, the BUlldogs got a Long TD pass of nine yards to Massey that put them up 14-7 late in the second quarter and Blake Erickson field goals in the second and third quarters.
For the game, despie turning the ball over three times to the Spartan offense and getting no turnovers themselves, South Carolina State held Norfolk State (2-3, 1-2) to 96 total yards.
2) Grambling State 22, Alabama State 7
Anthony Carrothers threw for a touchdown and Zoltan Riazzo kicked three field goals to help Grambling (4-1, 4-0) stay unbeaten in SWAC play.
FCS rushing leader Frank Warren piled up 107 yards on 24 carries as Grambling finished with 216 yards on the ground. The G-Men held ASU to 71 rushing yards.
3) Albany State 34, Miles 7
Junior QB Stanley Jennings passed for 230 yards and three TDs as the Golden Rams rolled to a homecoming win over Miles.
Jennings, who hit on 10 of 19 passes, first connected with Ronnie Childs from 16 yards out on the game’s opening possession. He later hit RB Laronne Davis for a 68-yard score. Robert Welton’s went in from six yards away following a Miles fumble to give the Rams a 20-0 halftime lead.
Jennings third TD came in their first possession of the third quarter when he ht Octavius Stanton with a 41-yard strike to stake ASU to a 27-0 lead. Stanton later caught a TD from back-up QB Wayne Campbell.
4) Hampton 27, North Carolina Central 13
Hampton (4--1, 3-0 MEAC) scored 20 fourth-quarter points to come back and knock off NC Central (2-3) in Durham Saturday.
After trailing 13-7 at the half and a scoreless third quarter, the Pirates got a 19-yard TD pass from wideout Isaiah Thomas to Javaris Brown to go up 14-13 with 9:14 left. They then brought back two fourth quarter interceptions for touchdowns for the final margin.
NCCU RB Tim Shankle rushed for 107 yards and his team’s first TD on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. QB Mike Johnson hit Stanley Wright with a 31-yard TD pass to give NCCU a 13-0 in the second quarter. Thomas scored from six yards out to get Hampton on the board midway thru the second quarter.
Texas Southern 30, 5) Alcorn State 20
Texas Southern (3-3, 3-1) thwarted a late Alcorn State (3-2, 2-1) comeback to knock off the Braves and keep alive themselves alive in the SWAC West race.
With Alcorn trailing 23-20 and driving at the TSU 35 in the final minute, Marquis Jackson broke thru to sack Alcorn QB Brandon Bridge and force a fumble that Jerome Thomas picked up and rambled 69 yards for the deciding TD with 23 seconds left.
Bridge, who had 197 yards on 15 of 34 passing, tied it at 20 on a 37-yard run late in the third. Robert Hersh’s 30-yard field goal put TSU ahead by three with 10:21 left.
Marcus Wright rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown and Arvell Nelson had 159 yards on 18-of-35 passing for Texas Southern.
6) Bethune-Cookman 47, Delaware State 24
Undefeated Bethune-Cookman (5-0, 3-0), who tops the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in scoring (50 points per game) and total offense (528 yards per game), rolled up 590 yards of total offense and almost equalled its point average as tit sprinted to a 34-2 halftime lead en route to subduing Delaware State (0-5, 0-3).
B-CU quaterback Matthew Johnson, the FCS passing efficiency leader, completed an efficient 16 of 21 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown without an interception, while Wildcat runners rushed for 268 yards and six TDs in the rout. Five different backs scored on running plays.
Jevaughn Reams caught the Wildcats’ only TD pass, a 41-yarder from Johnson which opened the third quarter scoring to push B-CU’s lead to 40-2. Reams finished with six catches for 119 yards. Sophomore Isidore Jackson led the rushing attack carrying 14 times for 85 yards including a
10-yard second quarter scoring run.
B-CU missed three extra point attempts.
Tuskegee 31, 7) Morehouse 15
Nykeem Barton rushed for three TDs and Tuskegee held off a late Morehouse charge to knock the Maroon Tigers (5-1, 4-1 SIAC) from the unbeaten ranks.
Barton scored two TDs and added a two-point conversion to put Tuskegee up 21-2 at the half.
Morehouse got its first touchdown in the third quarter when Samuel Gilmore returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. After a Tuskegee field goal, Morehouse scored on a 15-yard Willam Brack run to cut the deficit to 24-15 with 4:17 to play. After stopping Tuskegee, Brack had a pass picked off and returned to the Morehouse 21. Four plays later Barton scored the deciding toudhdown on a 7-yard run.
St. Augustine’s 40, 8) Winston-Salem State 35
St. Augustine’s picked off five passes and recovered a fumble to build a 37-7 third quarter lead but had to survivve a furious comeback to knock off previously unbeaten Winston-Salem State.
The Falcons picked off a pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage and scored on a 34-yard Walter Sanders run to break on top 7-0. The Rams responded on their ensuring possession with a long drive to a TD to tie the game at 7. The Falcons came back to score on a 68-yard pass from Joaquin Green to Jermaine Jones to go up 14.7.
The rest of the half belonged to SAC, who picked off three more Kameon Smith aerials and recovered a fumble, turning each into points, two touchdowns and a 48-yard Alexander Tucker field goal to build a 30-7 halftime lead.
The Falcons came out and scored on the initial second half possession to lead 37-7 before WSSU mounted its comeback. The Rams scored 22 uinanswered points before Tucker put thru a 42-yard field goal with 1:40 left to tive the Falcons a 40-29 lead. WSSU would add a score with 36 seconds left but could not recover the ensuring on-sides kick.
Sanders finished with 121 rushing yards and 2 TDs for St. Aug’s. Jermaine Jones had two scoring catches. Nic Cooper ran for 143 yards and a score for WSSU. Smith completed 22 of 35 passes for 211 yards and 4 TDs but had the five picks.
9) Jackson State 30, Alabama A&M 14
Jackson State quarterback Casey Therriault passed for 330 yards and three TDs to Anthony Mayes to lead the Tigers (4-1, 2-1 SWAC E) over the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-3).
Therriault (18-31-0) hit Mayes on two 44 yard scores to stake JSU to a 14-0 lead before A&M got on the board on a 10-yard Kadarius Lacey run midway thru the second period. JSU added a one-yard Therriault TD run to lead 20-7 at the half.
Lacey scored on a short run to open the third period scoring to bring the Bulldogs to within 20-14. But JSU got a 25-yard field goal to go up 23-14 and added Therriault’s 10-yarder to Mayes early in the final period to cap the scoring. Mayes finished with five receptions for 115 yards atnd the three scores. RIco Richardson added four receptions for 113 yards.
S. E. Missouri 19, 10) Tennessee State 17
Southeast Missouri State built a 19-3 halftime lead and withstood two last Tennessee State touchdowns to come away with the victory.
TSU’s Terrence Wright scored on 6- and 9-yard runs, the second with 6:43 remaining to draw the Tigers (3-3, 0-2) to wthin 17-13. But the Redhawks kept the ball for the last four minutes to salt away the win.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES
Casey Therriault, Jackson State 18 of 31, 330 yards, 3 TDs
Laquan Williams, Lincoln 17 of 36, 329 yards, 2 TDs, 3 ints.
Matthew Johnson, Bethune-Cookman 16 of 21, 259 yards, 1 TD
Stanley Jennings, Albany State 10 of 19, 230 yards, 3 TDs
Ryan Carter, JC Smith 12 of 36, 228, 1 TD, 1 int.
Jared Battle, Virginia State 21 of 39, 228 yds, 1 int.
Robert Benjamin, Fayv. State 20 of 29, 226 yds., 3 TDs, 2 ints.
Jeremiah McGinty, Southern 14 of 24, 224 yards, 2 TDs
Kameron Smith, WSSU 22 of 35, 211, yds., 4 TDs, 5 ints.
Aaron Carrothers, Grambling 14 of 23 for 210 yds., 1 TD, 1 int
Kevin Atkins, Shaw 16 of 22, 201 yards, 2 TDs, 0 ints.
Daronte McNeil, Eliz. City State 39 carries, 161 yards, 1 TD
Raymond Williams, Shaw 23 carries, 152 yards, 2 TDs
Kederius Lacey, Alabama A&M 22 carries, 150 yards, 2 TDs
Nic Cooper, WSSU 22 carries, 143 yards, 1 TD
Donald Babers, Prairie View 24 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD
Marcus Wright, Texas Southern 26 carries, 123 yards, 1 TD
Walter Sanders, St. Augustine’s 34 carries, 121 yards, 2 TDs
Tony Reid, Fort Valley State ?? carries, 107 yards, 2 TDs
Frank Warren, Grambling State 24 carries, 107 yards
Tim Shankle, NC Central 26 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD
Jevaughn Reams, Bethune-Cookman 6 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD
Anthony Mayes, Jackson State 5 receptions, 115 yards, 3 TDs
Shaun Stephens, Prairie View 12 receptions, 114 yards
Rico Richardson, Jackson State 4 receptions, 113 yards
Jermaine Jones, St. Aug’s 2 receptions, 87 yards, 2 TDs
Robert Holland, Chowan 7 receptions, 68 yards, 2 TDs