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How BASN’s HBCU Top 10 Fared This Weekend
NEW YORK — Here is how BASN’s HBCU Top 10 Football teams fared during the first weekend of action. All games were played on Saturday, August 26 unless noted (5) Albany State lost to North Carolina Central, 20-0 NCCU’s defensive unit dominated The Golden Rams, yielding only 148 total yards of offense, en route to their shutout win at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Eagles defense recorded their first shutout since a 52-0 win over Johnson C. Smith on August 28, 2004. NCCU has now outscored its opponents 142-12 in the last three season openers.
NCCU quarterback Stadford Brown, seeing his first action as a collegiate, finished the contest 13-of-21 for 206 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Pruitt, the leading rusher for the Eagles, gained 94 yards on 24 carries and moved past Benjamin Tate (1979-1982, 2,275 yards) into fourth place all-time at NCCU.
Pruitt needs just 22 yards to ascend into third place all-time, passing James Smith (1970-1974, 2,393 yards). NCCU snapped Albany State’s 27-game winning streak against HBCU opponents dating back to 2003. As a team, NCCU amassed 334 yards of total offense (206 passing, 128 rushing).
ASU was led by junior receiver Joshua Johnson with five catches for 58 yards, while sophomore linebacker Rod Cummings tallied a game-high 15 tackles. Since 1997, the Eagles are now 3-4 against SIAC competition. Before the 20-0 ASU victory, NCCU had last defeated a SIAC team on September 6, 2003, a 31-24 win over Morehouse, providing coach Rod Broadway with his first win at NCCU.
(6) Tuskegee defeated Stillman 24-6 After spotting SU a 6-3 lead, the Golden Tigers found their offensive stride in the second and never looked back as they scored 14 points in the quarter en route to their win at Tuscaloosa. At the 13:07 mark Tuskegee’s Brian King recovered a Charles McCullum fumble and returned it 32 yards for the touchdown to give Tuskegee a 10-6 lead.
On Tuskegee’s final drive of the first half a defensive pass interference negated a Denatay Heard interception and gave the Golden Tigers a first down on the Stillman 35-yard line with 00:00 remaining on the clock. On the next play, TU quarterback Kevin Huff connected with Lorenzo Crawford for a touchdown to made the score 17-6.
Tuskegee scored its final points of the game when SaJason Finely capped a nine play, 76-yard drive with a seven yard run. Huff, BASN’s Preseason HBCU Player of The Year, went 15 for 24 for 236 passing yards with a TD and interception. The Golden Tigers had 360 total yards (236 passing, 124 rushing) including a game-high 70 yards on the ground from Richard Fitzhugh.
For Stillman, they finished with 312 total yards, 274 coming from McCullum. The junior quarterback completed 17 of his 27 pass attempts for 255 yards with a TD and interception. He also rushed for 19 yards.
(8) Fayetteville State lost to Wingate, 19-0 The Wingate defense held the Broncos offense to 96 total yards and sophomore tailback Marcus Davis rushed for two touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked FSU at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on the Wingate campus. WU recorded its first shutout since Nov. 2, 2002, when the Bulldogs defeated SAC rival Newberry College 33-0 at Wingate.
FSU dropped their second game in as many tries to the Bulldogs. Bronco junior quarterback Jay Autry had a tough time against the Bulldogs, completing only seven-of-20 passes for 13 yards. He was intercepted once. Wingate held FSU to 49 passing yards and 47 rushing yards on the afternoon.
The Wingate offense was very efficient, finishing the day with 402 total yards. Davis carried 20 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Junior tailback Jamie Lilly led the Bulldog rushing attack with 14 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Anthony Metzelaars completed 21-of-37 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown.
For Fayetteville State, senior linebacker Jermaine Harper had a game-high 17 tackles. Bronco junior linebacker Geron Harper had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and one interception.
The Bulldogs are 5-0 lifetime against members of the CIAA. Wingate has two wins each over Fayetteville State and Johnson C. Smith. Wingate also has a victory over Virginia Union, FSU’s next opponent. WU has also won 13 of their last 14 home openers.
IDLE: (1) Hampton, (2) Grambling State, (3) Alabama State, (4) South Carolina State, (7) Bowie State, (9) Florida A&M, and (10) Mississippi Valley State.
NOTE: BASN’s newest Top Ten Poll will post on Tuesday.