No. 1 GRAMBLING STATE 35, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 25
Arkansas-Pine Bluff held SWAC rushing leader Frank Warren (163 yards per game) to less than 100 yards but squandered an early 10-0 lead in succumbing to BCSP No. 1 Grambling State before a crowd of 29,973 in Little Rock’s Delta Literacy Classic.
UAPB (4-4, 2-3) wasted its second-quarter lead by giving up 28 straight second-quarter points to the G-Men (7-1, 5-0). First, GSU quarterback Anthony Carrothers hit Mario Louis on a 73-yard TD pass to get the G-Men on the board. Then UAPB quarterback Josh Boudreaux threw back-to-back interceptions that led to short TD drives culminated in runs of 15 and 8 yards by Warren. Finally, Trey Williams returned a UAPB fumble 71 yards for a TD to give Grambling a 28-10 lead at the break.
Warren’s third TD, on a five-yard run, put Grambling up 35-10 early in the fourth quarter. UAPB scored in the third quarter on an 80-yard reception by Raymond Webber and added a fourth quarter 2 yard Boudreaux pass to T. J. Shelton to make the score respectable.
UAPB had scored in the first quarter on a 46-yard Chris Ewald field goal and on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard Adrian Moore run.
Warren finished with 93 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.
Carrothers was 10 of 16 for 211 yards with a TD and a pick. Webber finished with nine catches for 243 yards and a TD to lead UAPB.
Boudreaux was 24 of 41 for 438 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.
No. 2 BETHUNE-COOKMAN 67, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 17
Bethune-Cookman QB Matthew Johnson scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for one, while running backs Isidore Jackson and Jackie Wilson combined for five rushing touchdowns as the undefeated BCSP No. 2 Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 MEAC) pounded North Carolina A&T (1-8, -5) in Dayton Beach Thursday night.
Johnson rushed for 137 yards on 10 carries and had scoring runs of 28 and 24 yards, both in the first half. Jackson had 76 yards on 15 carries with his three TDs also coming in the first half on runs of 5, 2 and 5 yards. The ‘Cats led 39-17 at the half.
Wilson got his scores from 3 and 13 yards out n the third quarter as B-CU increased its lead to 60-17 entering the final period. Johnson (9-12- 1, 154) also hit Eddie Poole in the period with a 37-yard scoring pass.
NC A&T running back Mike Mayhew, the MEAC’s leading rusher, was a bright spot for the Aggies, rushing for 211 yards on 31 carries. He now has 1,042 yards on the season.
No. 3 ALBANY STATE 44, STILLMAN 5
Stillman (1-8, 1-7) scored the game’s first points on a field goal but BCSP No. 3 Albany State quickly eslablished its dominance as the Golden Rams (9-0, 8-0) stayed undefeated and set up a showdown with Fort Valley State next week in Columbus, Ga. for the SIAC title.
Stanley Jennings completed 14 of 22 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns while wide receiver Ronnie Childs had four catches for 111 yards including a 60-yard TD reception. LiRonne Davis had a 43-yard TD run and finished the day with 58 yards on eight carries. He also caught a 6-yard TD pass from Jennings, who also connected with Orion Ponder from 70 yards out.
No. 4 S. C. STATE 38, DELAWARE STATE 21
South Carolina State running back Chris Merrill ran 21 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs went on the road and handled Delaware State.
Merrill’s scores were the final Bulldog tallies after BCSP No. 4 SC State (6-2, 4-1) scored 24 straight points after falling behind early, 7-0.
SCSU quarterback Malcolm Long (18-33-1, 200 yards) began the spurt hitting Antwanne Kerr with a 50-yard TD pass with 5:09 left in the first half.
SCSU linebacker David Erby returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 14-7 at the half. , Blake Erickson kicked a 39-yard field goal to open the third-period scoring before Lataris Douglas returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a score for a 24-7 SCSU lead entering the final period.
OLD DOMINION 28, No. 5 HAMPTON 14
Old Dominion scored three touchdowns on Hampton turnovers and scored all its points in the first half in downing BCSP No. 5 Hampton (5-3).
The Monarchs got two short first quarter rushing touchdowns from QB Thomas DeMarco, who also hit on a 9-yard scoring pass in the second quarter. The other ODU score came on a blocked punt in the first quarter.
Hampton scored its first score on a 3-yard Antwan Chisholm run following a DeMarco interception in the first quarter. The Pirates added a Steve Robinson one-yard run for a TD early in the fourth quarter.
No. 6 ST. AUGUSTINE’S 33, LIVINGSTONE 0
BCSP No. 6 St. Augustine’s (8-1, 6-0) broke from a scoreless halftime tie using early third quarter turnovers to get up on and eventually shutout winless Livingstone.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, St. Aug’s Mark Hall recovered a fumble which led to a 33-yard TD pass from QB Teddy Bacote to Tyrone Laughinghouse. On the first play on Livingstone’s next possession, Dedrick Early picked off a pass and ran untouched into the end zone for a 14-0 SAC lead. Alexander Tucker tacked on a 32-yard field goal for a 17-0 Falcons’ lead.
In the fourth quarter, Tucker added a 40-yard field goal, CIAA rushing leader Walter Sanders scored on a 5-yard run and Brian Richards scored on a 52-yard punt return.
Sanders finished with 93 yards on 32 carries breaking his string of seven straight 100-yard games.
No. 8 SHAW 31, No. 7 W-S STATE 27
BCSP No. 8 Shaw converted a late interception deep in Winston- Salem State territory into a five-yard Kevin Atkins go-ahead touchdown run as the Bears (7-2, 6-0) came back to knock off WSSU (8-2, 5-2) and earn a showdown game for the CIAA South Division title vs. crosstown rival Saint Augustine’s next week in Raleigh.
Atkins’ scoring run came with 1:59 to play after defensive lineman Stanley Porter picked off WSSU QB Kameron Smith’s pass at the WSSU 26 and returned it to the 12 at the 3:26 mark. The pick, off a middle screen intended for Kevin Brantley, came with WSSU facing a 3rd-and-21 at its own 26. Shaw needed just three plays to reach paydirt and take its first lead of the game at 31-27.
WSSU got the ball back after the kickoff at its own 2 when Nick Cooper touched the ball before it went out of bounds. They ran six plays but came up short on a completion facing a 4th-and-13. Shaw kneeled down three times until the clock expired.
WSSU (8-2, 5-2), in its final game of the regular season, needed a win to stay alive in the division race. Shaw and St. Aug’s will enter next week’s game with identical 6-0 conference records.
Prior to the final drama, Atkins had pulled the Bears to within 27-24 on a 10-play, 85 yard drive capped by his pass of 11-yards to Tyron Craig with 6:05 left in the game. Atkins finished 13 of 24 for 162 yards and two scores. He also rushed for 46 yards on nine carries and his game-winning score.
Cooper rushed for 122 first-half yards including TD runs of 24 and 48 yards to stake the Rams to a 24-17 halftime lead. Smith added 103 first half rushing yards including a 55-yard scamper that opened the scoring.
Cooper finished with 174 rushing yards on 30 carries. Smith (7-13-1) passed for 64 yards and finished with 109 rushing yards.
After falling behind 14-0, Shaw scored on a 1-yard Raymond Williams run before WSSU came back to get a 22-yard Landon Thayer field goal to lead 17-7 earliy in the second period. Tyrone Bolden’s 10- yard scoring reception brought the Bears to within 17-14 with 2:41 left in the first half. Cooper’s 48-yard TD run came before Shaw’s Lyndon Shepherd’s 47-yard field goal capped the first half scoring.
No. 9 FORT VALLEY STATE 31, LANE 18
BCSP No. 9 Fort Valley State (8-1, 7-1) scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points to come back and knock off winless Lane (0-9, 0-8) and keep alive their hopes for an SIAC title. FVSU will play Albany State next week at the Fountain City Classic in Columbus, Ga. with the winner taking the 2010 conference crown.
The Wildcats entered Saturday’s fourth quarter trailing 18-14 before Tony Reid took over, scoring on runs of 1 and 6 yards to put the ‘Cats on top. Justin Rosenbaum added a 47-yard field goal for the final margin.
Reid finished with 158 yards on 17 carries and three TDs.
No. 10 TUSKEGEE 45, KENTUCKY STATE 21
BCSP No. 10 Tuskegee (7-2, 6-2) scored 18 straight points after Kentucky State (3-7, 2-6) pulled within 27-21.
Tuskegee RB Nykeem Barton rushed 11 times for 130 yards while Shannon Frierson ran 26 times for 143 yards for the Thorobreds.
VIRGINiA STATE 35, VIRGINIA UNION 7
Virginia State (7-2, 5-1) movied a step closer to taking the CIAA North Division title with a dominating win over rival Virginia Union (3-6, 3- 4).
The win means that VSU can claim the division title next week and a spot in the Nov. 13 Championship Game in Durham, NC with a win over St. Paul’s in its regular season finale or a loss by Bowie State in its final game vs. Chowan.
In Saturday’s game, VSU running back Antwan Lyde rushed for 140 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 1 and 13 yards in the second quarter helping the Trojans build a 28-7 halftime lead. The VSU defense picked off three passes and returned two for touchdowns. Sean Smith brought back a second quarter pass 59 yards for a TD. Howard Spencer got a fourth quarter pick that was returned 22 yards to paydirt.
VSU rushed for 316 yards in the game while VUU tallied 243 yards on the ground. Jeremy Washington led VUU rushing for 150 yards on 27 carries and scoring the Panthers only touchdown on a 2-yard first quarter run.
JACKSON STATE 30, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 13
Jackson State (6-2, 4-2 SWAC East) sacked Prairie View quarterback K. J. Black five times, held the Panthers to 27 rushing yards on 30 rushing attempts and kept its offense out of the end zone to get a big win and retain its slim SWAC East Division lead.
JSU quarterback Casey Therriault threw for 291 yards (27-39-1) and one TD and also ran for a score to pace the Tigers. The JSU defense harassed Black into a 16 of 37 passing effort with one interception and the five sacks. The only Prairie View touchdown came on a fourth quarter return of a blocked punt.
ALABAMA STATE 31, ALABAMA A&M 10
A crowd of 61,879 watched at Birmingham’s Legion Field as Alabama State (5-3, 4-3) got four turnovers to down rival Alabama A&M (1- 5, 2-6) at the 69th annual Magic City Classic.
The ASU defense picked off three A&M passes, one returned in the third quarter for a TD that put the Hornets up 31-3. After scoring on a 41- yard field goal to get on the board, ASU quarterback Devin Dominguez connected with T. C. McWilliams on a 17 -yard score and rushed for a one-yard TD as the Hornets built a 17-0 lead.
ASU running back Andrew Pitts rushed for 122 yards on six carries including a 47-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Josh Boudreaux, Ark.-Pine Bluff 24 of 41, 438 yards, 2 TDs, 2 ints.
Dray Joseph, Southern 26 of 48, 394 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.
Casey Therriault, Jackson State 27 of 39, 297 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.
Stanley Jennings, Albany State 14 of 22, 279 yards, 3 TDs
Arvell Nelson, Texas Southern 14 of 19, 241 yards, 2 TDs
Johnson, NC Central 12 of 17, 220 yards, 1 TD, 2 ints.
Anthony Carrothers, Grambling 10 of 16, 211 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.
Brandon Bridge, Alcorn State 14 of 27, 204 yards, 1 TD, 2 ints.
K. J. Black, Prairie View 16 of 37, 203 yards, 1 int.
Malcolm Long, SC State 18 of 33, 200 yards, 1 TD, 1 int.
Robert Benjamin, Fayetteville State 15 of 21, 170 yards, 3 TDs
Matthew Johnson, Bethune-Cookman 9 of 12, 154 yards, 1 TDs
Daronte McNeil, Eliz. City State 11 carries, 290 yards, 2 TDs
Mike Mayhew, NC A&T 31 carries, 211 yards, O TDs
Phillip Sylvester, Florida A&M 19 carries, 192 yards, 2 TDs
Chris Merrill, SC State 22 carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs
Nick Cooper, Winston-Salem State 30 carries, 174 yards, 2 TDs
RIchard Medlin, Fayetteville State 19 carries, 164 yards, 1 TD
Tony Reid, Fort Valley State 17 carries, 158 yards, 3 TDs
Jeremy Washinton, VIrginia Union 27 carries, 150 yards, 1 TD
Shannon Frierson, Kentucky State 26 carries, 143 yards
Antwan Lyde, Virginia State 18 carries, 140 yards, 2 TDs
Matthew Johnson, Bethune-Cookman 10 carries, 137 yards, 2 TDs
David Brown, Morgan State 17 carries, 131 yards,
Marcus Wright, Texas Southern 29 carries, 131 yards, 1 TD
Nykeem Barton, Tuskegee 11 carries, 130 yards,
Terence Lewis, Alcorn State 23 carries, 126 yards, 1 TD
Andrew Pitts, Alabama State 6 carries, 122 yards, 1 TD
Robert Benjamin, Fayetteville State 9 carries, 108 yards, 3 TDs
Raymond Webber, Ark.-Pine Bluff 9 receptions, 243 yards, 1 TD
Geovante Irvine, NC Central 6 receptions, 153 yards, 1 TD
Justin Wilson, Delaware State 9 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD
E. J. Drewery, Jackson State 3 receptions, 115 yards
Ronnie Childs, Albany State 4 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD
Gregory Corder, Southern 7 receptions, 106 yards