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For those old enough to remember, it was like lightning quick challenger Muhammad Ali versus the plodding heavyweight champ Sonny Liston. That turned out to be the image Saturday as undefeated upstart Bethune-Cookman faced two-time defending champion South Carolina State in a 2010 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference version of the legendary heavyweight fight.

In this case again, the upstart won.

B-CU, in its first year under head coach Brian Jenkins, utilized a no-huddle, fast break offense to control the ball, make plays and keep S. C. State off-balance, and a quick, opportunistic defense that kept the lethargic Bulldogs off the scoreboard en route to a stunning 14-0 win that ended SCSU’s 21-game conference winning streak. SC State came into the game ranked tenth nationally in the Sports Network FCS poll.

The win mproved the upstart Jenkins and the Wildcats’ record to 6-0 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC. SC State fell to 4-2, 2-1 in league play.

“We tabbed this game a heavyweight fight and we said we were taking it 15 rounds, and if it would go 15, we’d be going toe-to-toe” said a jubilant Jenkins after the game. “We kept swinging.” The Wildcats, whose fast start had earned them a No. 23 ranking in last week’s Sports Network poll, in fact, came out swinging. They tried a reverse on the opening kickoff and mounted three drives into SCSU territory in the first quarter-and-a-half though they came up with no points. Meanwhile, the B-CU defense was disrupting the SC State offense, holding it to only three first downs in that span and never allowing the Bulldogs to cross midfield.

In the second quarter, B-CU finally broke through.

Getting the ball with 8:32 left in the half, B-CU quarterback Matthew Johnson, who made plays all day with his arm and his legs, led the ‘Cats on a 7-play, 64-yard drive culminating in a 15-yard option scoring pass from flanker Maurice Francois to wideout Jevaughn Reams. The key play in the drive was Johnson’s 33-yard completion to Reams on 3rd-and-six from the SCSU 49 that carried to the SCSU 16.

Sven Hurd’s extra point put B-CU up 7-0 with 4:51 left in the half. It would be the only first half score.

South Carolina State got the ball to open the second half and appeared determined to wake up its sluggish offense. After Lenel Elmore’s return to the SCSU 42, the Bulldogs used two running plays to earn a first down and enter Wildcat territory for the first time. But from there, SCSU quarterback Malcolm Long’s passes on first and second down were batted down at the line and his third down pass went for just three yards. On fourth down Blake Erickson’s punt pinned the Wildcats back at their own 10.

Johnson then engineered a gem, taking the Wildcats 90 yards on 15 plays, eating up six minutes of the clock before Andross Bell scored on a one-yard run with 7:10 left in the third. In the drive, Johnson accounted for 18 yards on four carries and completed five passes for 69 yards. Hurd’s PAT put the ‘Cats up 14-0 with 7:10 left in the third.

After picking up one first down, S. C. State would give the ball right back when Long fumbled on the fifth play after the score. B-CU defensive end Reginald Sandilands recovered giving the Wildcats the first of three second half turnovers that helped keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone.

Linebacker Ryan Lewis picked off Long in the Bulldogs’ first possession of the fourth quarter. And later, picked off Long again, at the B-CU 18 with a little under three minutes left.

The only real life shown by the SCSU offense all day was when Pough pulled Long in favor of back-up quarterback Derrick Wiley early in the fourth quarter after Long’s first interception. Wiley led the Bulldogs on their longest drive of the day and deepest into B-CU territory. Starting from his own 26, Riley took the Bulldogs to the B-CU 8 where on a fourth down run he fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, turning the ball over to the Wildcats.

Johnson finished 17-of-28 for 198 yards on a defense that entered the game first in total defense in the FCS. Long finished a disappointing 15 of 33 for 141 yards with the two interceptions. SCSU RB Chris Massey had 123 yards on 22 carries. Bell led the Wildcats ground attack with 52 yards on 12 carries and a TD. Reams totalled five catches for 86 yards and a score.

SWAC rushing leader Frank Warren ran for 202 yards on 29 carries and scored five times as the G-Men (5-1, 5-0 SWAC West) held off Alcorn State and prolific quarterback Brandon Bridge.

Warren had two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, scored on a 10-yard reception in the second quarter and then added two second half rushing scores. His final score, an 18-yard jaunt early in the fourth quarter put Grambling up 35-14.

Bridge, who finished with 404 passing yards and four TD tosses after completing 33 of 47 passes, threw for two fourth-quarter scores to get the Braves (2-3, 2-2 East) within 35-28 at the 4:18 mark. Grambling placekicker Zoltan Riazzo added a 27-yard field goal with 1:26 to play for the final margin.

3) ALBANY STATE 27, BENEDICT 10 Albany State quarterback Stanley Jennings threw two touchdown passes to Ronnie Childs and the Golden Rams stayed unbeaten in the SIAC with the win over Benedict.

Childs had three receptions for 143 yards and Robert Welton ran for 91 yads on 10 carries to lead the ASU offense. The Rams also got scoring runs of 2 yards from Kareem Hess and a 5-yarder from LiRonne Davis late in the fourth quarter.

5) JACKSON STATE 49, SOUTHERN 45 Junior quarterback Casey Therriault (24-40-1) hit Ric Richardson with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left on the clock to give Jackson State (5-1, 4-1) a thrilling win over Southern.

Therriault threw for 317 yards and five touchdownsm three to Richardson, who had five receptions for 117 yards. The final TD pass represented the last of 39 points the teams scored in the fourth quarter after Southern entered the final period ahead, 28-27.

Therriault struck first early in the final period, scoring on a 1-yard run to put JSU up 34-28. Then Southern pulled within 34-31 on William Griswold’s 43-yard field goal with 4:51 left. Southern took a 38-34 lead on Richard Wilson’s 60-yard punt return at the 2:59 mark. JSU then scored on B. J. Lee’s two-yard run to go back up 41-38 before Southern took its final lead on a 73-yard Jeremy McGinty to LaQuinton Evans TD reception with 19 seconds left.

Getting the ball with 15 seconds left on his own 36, Therriault hit Renty Rollins for 31 yards on first down before connecting with Richardson for the game-winner.

Marcellus Wilder had 7 receptions for 104 yards and a TD for JSU. McGinty was 17 of 34 for 293 yards and 3 TDs without an interception. Griswold hit on field goals of 38, 37 and 43 yards.

Hampton escaped with a one-point Battle of the Bay win after Norfolk State failed on an extra point attempt.

Hampton (5-1, 4-0 MEAC) scored its touchdown on a 7-yard Antwan Chisholm touchdown run in the second period. Rodrigo Hernandez’s PAT kick proved to be the deciding point.

Norfolk State (2-4, 1-3) scored in the third quarter on DeAngelo Branche’s one-yard run. But Ryan Estep missed the extra point.

Fort Valley State piled up 382 yards of offense and held BCSP No. 7 Tuskegee to just 92 total yards in shutting out the Golden Tigers.

FVSU (6-1, 5-1 SIAC) controlled the ball for 41 minutes and 46 seconds and held Tuskegee (5-2, 4-2) to no third down conversions in nine tries.

FVSU running back Tony Reid (14 carries, 71 yards) had two short TD runs while QB Eugene Smith was an efficient 21 of 28 for 196 yards and a TD without an interception.

Walter Sanders rushed 27 times for 147 yards and had a 31-yard TD run as St. Augustine’s (6-1, 4-0 CIAA South) got by Central State.

Morehouse running back David Carter rushed 32 times for 205 yards and scored two short touchdowns as the BCSP No. 9 Maroon Tiges downed Stillman.

Nic Cooper ran for 175 yards on 19 carries and scored three TDs as the BCSP No. 10 Rams (7-1, 5-1 CIAA South) dominated winless Livingstone (0-8, 0-4 CIAA South).

Raymon Williams ran for 123 yards and 2 TDs and QB Kevin Atkins threw for 177 yards and 2 scores as Shaw (5-2, 4-0 CIAA S) got by Fayetteville State 2-5, 1-3 CIAA S).


Brandon Bridge, Alcorn State 33 of 47, 404 yards, 4 TDs, 0 Ints.
Casey Therriault, Jackson State 24 of 40, 317 yards, 5 TDs, 1 int.
Jeremy McGinty, Southern 17 of 34, 293 yards, 3 TDs, 0 ints.
K. J. Black, Prairie View A&M 18 of 33, 274 yards, 2 TDs, 0 ints.
Josh Boudreaux, Ark.-Pine Bluff 18 of 33, 254 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Ints.
Ryan Carter, JC Smith 17 of 38, 231 yards, 3 ints.
Stanley Jennings, Albany State 10 of 20, 227 yards, 2 TDs, 2 ints.
Steve, Cohen-MIller, St. Paul’s 17 of 31, 208 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int.

David Carter, Morehouse 34 carries, 205 yards, 2 TDs
Frank Warren, Grambling 29 carries, 202 yards, 5 TDs
Nic Cooper, Winston-Salem State 19 carries, 175 yards, 3 TDs
Phillip Sylvester, Florida A&M 18 carries, 153 yards, 2 TDs
Walter Sanders, St. Augustine’s 27 carries, 147 yards, 1 TD
Jashawn Jones, Delaware State 30 carries, 144 yards, 1 TD
Mike Mayhew, NC A&T 27 carries, 132 yards, 1 TD
DeAngelo Branche, Norfolk State 25 carries, 132 yards, 1 TD
Joseph Snell, Lincoln (Mo.) 9 carries, 131 yards, 1 TD
Chris Massey, SC State 22 carries, 123 yards
Kaderius Lacey, Alabama A&M 21 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD
Dedric Anderson, JC Smith 14 carries, 103 yards
Justin Jones, Alabama A&M 18 carries, 100 yards

Robert Holland, Chowan 10 receptioins, 144 yards., 1 TD
Marcellus Wilder, Jackson State 7 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD
Raymond Webber, Ark.-Pine Bluff 10 receptions, 110 yards
Ric Richardson, Jackson State 5 receptions, 117 yards, 3 TDs
Jeremy Franklin, JC Smith 6 receptions, 115 yards
Ronnie Childs, Albany State 3 receptions, 143 yards, 2 TDs
Jos Jean-Pierre, Virginia Union & receptions, 135 yards


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