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HBCU Football Roundup: No. 1 Hampton Falls
By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 30, 2007
NEW YORK — How teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll fared on Saturday.
No. 3 Delaware State 24, No. 1 Hampton 17.
DSU’s hopes of winning its first MEAC championship since 1991 took a big step forward with a win over defending champ Hampton at Armstrong Stadium. The Hornets improved to 3-1 overall (2-0 MEAC), while the Pirates lost for the first time in four games, all against conference opponents. Kareem Jones rushed for 135 yards, while Vashon Winton rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the DSU offense. The Hornet defense recorded a season-high five sacks. Joe Mendes had two sacks, while linebacker Josh Pope had a game-high 10 tackles.
No. 2 Southern 21, No. 4 Alabama State 2.
Bryant Lee passed for 242 yards and a touchdown and Southern’s defense shutdown the Alabama State offense in a victory in the Gulf Coast Classic at Mobile, Ala. SU (5-0, 3-0 SWAC) jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and cruised to the win in the battle of previously unbeaten SWAC teams. Brian Threat got the Jaguars on the scoreboard at 12:35 in the second quarter with a 21-yard run. Lee scored at 4:36 in the second quarter on a one-yard run. Lee also threw three interceptions, but the Hornets (4-1, 3-1) were not able to capitalize. The Hornets only score came on a safety in the third quarter. Lee threw a 23-yard touchdown pass at 3:08 in the fourth quarter to ensure the victory for the Jaguars. Darren Coates ran 13 times for 67 yards for Southern and caught 5 passes for 119 yards. Alex Engram ran 12 times for 77 yards for Alabama State.
No. 5 Alabama A&M 48, Texas Southern 24.
Alabama A&M found its offensive rhythm in a Homecoming rout of Texas Southern (0-5 overall, 0-4 SWAC) at Louis Crews Stadium. The Bulldogs, whose potent offensive attack stalled out last week in a with only 147 total yards at Grambling, bounced back effectively and often compiling 514 total yards and 33 first downs and scoring on four of their first five possessions. Ulysses Banks rushed for 112 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown that put A&M (4-1 overall, 2-1 SWAC) in the lead for good at the 12:19 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldog ground attack was impressive beyond Banks with 308 yards rushing on 46 attempts. AAMU quarterback Kelcy Luke threw for only 206 yards on 19-of-34 passing, but four of his completions went for touchdowns, including two to Thomas Harris. Harris caught six passes for 82 yards.
No. 7 Tuskegee 42, Concordia 9.
Tuskegee gave up its first passing touchdown of the season, other than that little went wrong for the Golden Tigers as TU easily handled Concordia at Tuskegee, Ala. Tuskegee QB Jacary Atkinson led the offense, accounting for three of the Golden Tigers’ four first-half touchdowns. Atkinson led the Golden Tigers with 197 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-23 passing in less than three quarters of play. Atkinson also rushed for 39 yards on two attempts. Defensively, Tuskegee (4-0) smothered Concordia (1-5), allowing 183 yards and forcing four turnovers. Jarvis DeVaughn led the defense with eight tackles and Matt Triblle had seven. Concordia’s touchdown was just the second allowed by the Tuskegee defense in four games. Overall, TU has surrendered 17 points in 16 quarters.
No. 9 Virginia Union 30, Saint Augustine’s 14.
VUU and Arrington Jones are now 5-0 following a CIAA victory over St. Augustine’s on homecoming at Hovey Field. It’s the Panthers’ fastest start since 1991. In their first two seasons under Jones, his team’s were 5-15. Last year, the Panthers improved to 7-3. Quarterback Lamar Little, who entered the game with 945 yards of total offense, connected on 15 of 26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns and scored another himself on an 8-yard run early in the fourth period. Using an agile, mobile, aggressive 4-3 defense, the Panthers (2-0 CIAA) limited the Falcons (0-2, 0-5 CIAA) to 206 total yards on 64 plays and intercepted five passes.
Presbyterian 34, No. 10 N.C. Central 27.
NCCU (4-2) rallied from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to pull to within one score, but the Presbyterian College defense withstood the charge for a win inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The victory by the Blue Hose (2-3) snaps the Eagles’ four-game win streak, which was the longest in the state of North Carolina. S.J. Worrell finished with 154 of PC’s 208 rushing yards, as the Blue Hose notched 360 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Tim Webb completed 16-of-23 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Sophomore receiver Larry Thomas caught five balls for 68 yards and two scores. NCCU’s Stadford Brown completed a career-best 26 passes in 47 attempts for a career-high 372 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
IDLE: No. 5 South Carolina State.
NOTE: No. 8 Albany State defeated Benedict 29-25 this weekend, however no information was made available about the game through either wire services or the ASU sports information department.