HBCU Football Roundup: No. 1 Hampton Survives In Overtime

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 21, 2007

Football HAMPTON, Va. — T.J. Mitchell threw three touchdown passes, including a 30-yarder in overtime to lead Hampton to a 24-17 win over Morgan State on Thursday night.

The Pirates (3-0, 3-0 MEAC), the No. 1 team in this week’s BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll, led 17-10 midway through the third quarter before Chad Simpson tied the game 17-all for the Bears (1-3, 0-1) on a five-yard run.

After a scoreless fourth, Mitchell threw to Kyle Lloyd for the win.Marcus Dixon scored in the first on a 13-yard TD pass from Mitchell, and Jeremy Gilchrist scored later in the quarter on a 73-yard pass from Mitchell.

Mitchell went 14-for-34 for 253 yards and one interception. Simpson scored twice for Morgan State and rushed for 193 yards. The Pirates have won their last five meetings against the Bears.


No. 2 Alabama A&M at Grambling State

ESPNU will showcase a key match up in SWAC football this weekend. The Bulldogs of Alabama A&M University will travel to Louisiana to take on the Tigers of Grambling State University on Saturday night.

This may prove to be a key battle in the race to the S WAC Championship in December. Alabama A&M is in first place in the Eastern Division, with a 3-0 overall record, 1-0 in S WAC .

Head coach Anthony Jones and his Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 45-14 win over division foe, Mississippi Valley State . In that game, AAMU compiled 499 offensive yards on 67 plays, for an average of 7.4 yards of per play.

The team is ranked first in several S WAC statistical categories, including scoring offense (45.0 ppg.), total offense (519 ypg.) and first downs (74).

Grambling, led by new head coach Rod Broadway, will be well rested coming into this game. The Tigers were idle last week. GSU lost 34-10 to University of Pittsburgh on September 8th. Grambling is in second place in the Western Division with a record of 1-1 overall, 1-0 in the S WAC .

The team is ranked second in the conference in passing offense (229 ypg.) and kickoff returns (27.9 per return). Grambling is ranked third overall in total offense, averaging 359 yards per game.

Last year, Alabama A&M earned a narrow victory over Grambling, edging the G-Men out 30-27 in overtime. The G-Men have a 12-4 edge in the series record over AAMU.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm ET ( 6 pm CT) . The game will be aired tape-delayed on ESPNU at 10 pm ET ( 9 pm CT).


(BTRC/BASN rankings in parentheses)

Fort Valley State at (7) Tuskegee, 1 pm

(8) Virginia Union at St. Paul’s , 1:30

Winston-Salem State at (6) S.C. State, 6 pm

Tennessee State at (3) Southern, 6 pm

(9) N.C. Central at N.C. A&T, 6:30

Alcorn State at (4) Alabama State, 7 pm

IDLE: No. 5. Delaware State, No. 10 Albany State.