A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
How BASN’s Black College Football Top 10 Fared
(1) HAMPTON 46, HOWARD 7 Walter Payton Award candidate Alonzo Coleman rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns to become Hampton’s all-time leading rusher and scorer, while guiding the Pirates to a victory over Howard in the MEAC opener for both teams. QB Princeton Shepherd also passed for 250 yards and two scores as the Pirate offense racked up 573 yards of total offense to Howard’s 329. Coleman’s fourth quarter score also put him in sole possession of Hampton’s all-time rushing record with 3,840 yards and the school’s all-time scoring record with 330 career points, surpassing Montrell Coley on both counts.
(3) ALABAMA A&M 30, GRAMBLING ST. 27 (OT) Freshman Kicker Jeremy Licea went from question mark to hero as he nailed a 20-yard game clinching field goal in overtime to give the Bulldogs a victory over Grambling in the SWAC opener and home opener at Louis Crews Stadium. Unlike lat week’s loss against Hampton, Tim Manuel made good on the kick for the Tigers as Grambling again found itself in an overtime game for the second straight week.Neither team’s offensive numbers were staggering. A&M rushed for 212 yards and ended up with 361 total. Grambling had 330 total yards, 271 of those through the air.
MILES COLLEGE 31, (4) TUSKEGEE 20
(5) SOUTHERN 31, (7) MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. 14
(8) N.C. CENTRAL 38, LENOIR-RHYNE 16 The Eagles held LRC to just 73 yards rushing on their way to a victory in front of 6,347 fans at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. NCCU fell behind 10-0 early, but behind QB’s Stadford Brown and Adrian Warren, the Eagle offense scored 17-straight points to lead 17-10 at halftime. They added two more scores early in the third and were never headed. Brown completed 12-of-19 passes for career-highs of 278 yards and three touchdowns. His 278 yards are the most by an NCCU quarterback since Warren amassed 334 yards and seven touchdowns against Edward Waters College on Aug. 27, 2005.
(10) DELAWARE ST. 63, ST. FRANCIS (Pa.) 28 The first night game at Alumni Stadium produced some of the biggest offensive numbers in recent DSU football history. The Hornets improved to 2-0 while racking up 562 total yards, its most since 1986. QB Vashon Winton completed 12-of-13 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns, each to Shaheer McBride. The Hornets also rushed for 325 yards as Emmanual Marc (game-high 126 yards) and Lennox Norville (106) each topped the 100-yard mark. It’s the first time since 1997 that DSU had two 100-yard rushers in a game.