How The Top 10 Fared

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: September 16, 2007 and BASN
NEW YORK — Here’s how the fared through games played on Saturday, September 15th.

No. 1 Hampton 58, North Carolina A&T 14
S enior running back Van Morgan ran for a career-high 154 yards and scored twice to lead the Pirates past A&T at Greensboro, N.C.. It was the Pirates (2-0, 2-0 MEAC) fourth straight win over the Aggies. Pirate quarterback T.J. Mitchell had his second straight standout performance as he followed up his 310-yard passing effort against Howard last week with 210 yards passing, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 12-for-22 passing. His favorite target was Jeremy Gilchrist who had six grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies (0-3, 0-1 MEAC), lost their 19th straight game overall. Junior running back Michael Ferguson led the Aggies with 98 yards on 21 carries. In his first career start at quarterback, Morgan threw for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Kent State 38, No. 2 Delaware State 7
DSU trailed just 7-0 after 30 minutes, but faltered in the second half of a 38-7 loss to Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The contest was the first for the Hornets (2-1) against a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly D-IA) team since 1987.

KSU scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to open up a 31-0 lead.

Delaware State avoided the shutout by scoring a touchdown in the final minute, but KSU’s Shawn Bayes returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to close out the scoring. KSU racked up 468 total yards to 191 for the Hornets.

Delaware State had just 74 yards passing. Shaheer McBride had three catches for 20 yards. He has 163 career receptions to pass Albert Horsey (1997-00) as Delaware State’s all-time leader.

No. 3 Alabama A&M 45, Mississippi Valley State 14
Alabama A&M’s defense dominated the first half, and the offense took over in the second half as the Bulldogs (3-0) opened the SWAC season with a convincing home victory Saturday over Mississippi Valley State at Huntsville. AAMU improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 1966 and it’s the first time they’ve scored over 40 points in three straight games to start a season. The Bulldog defense, which held MVSU to 108 total yards in the first half, broke the game open with the biggest play of the night on Carlton Rice’s 47-yard fumble recovery to put A&M ahead 17-7 with 12:16 remaining in the third. Kelcy Luke finished 16-29 for 276 yards and three scores. Anthony Green had 68 yards on the ground to go along with Ulysses Banks’ 103.

South Carolina 38, No. 4 South Carolina State 3
The Bulldogs (1-2), in an historic meeting with intrastate rival South Carolina, fell to the Gamecocks at Columbia, S.C. It was the first meeting on the gridiron of the two Palmetto State rivals, who have played each other in several other sports over the years.

Sophomore running back Will Ford was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, rolling up 117 yards on 17 attempts against an USC defense that also held Georgia without a touchdown last week in a 16-12 victory.

Senior quarterback Cleve McCoy also had 17 carries for SC State for a net of 58 yards on the ground, however, he struggled a bit in the passing department. Although he connected on half of his 18 attempts, they only went for 62 yards and he suffered three interceptions. Overall, SCSU netted 264 yards, with 196 coming on the ground. The Bulldog defense, meanwhile, forced six Gamecock turnovers, including four interceptions, however, despite the miscues, USC rolled up 408 total yards.

No. 5 Alabama State 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10
Trailing 10-6 with less than one minute remaining and ASU facing a 4th and 10 on Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s 10 yard line, it looked like the Hornets would be suffering the first defeat of the Reggie Barlow era. However, quarterback Chris Mitchell darted out of the pocket and floated a pass into the arms of a diving Fred Ragsdale. It was a touchdown and gave ASU an exciting win at Pine Bluff. Jay Peck had his second consecutive 100-yard night, picking up 146 yards on 35 carries. ASU’s defense held the vaunted one-two rushing punch of Martell Mallet and Mickey Dean to 34 yards on 20 rushes. For the game, UAPB only mustered 159 yards of total offense and converted just 3 of 12 on 3rd down conversions.

No. 6 Southern 12, No. 10 Prairie View A&M 2
Bryant Lee passed for 144 yards and a touchdown and Nick Benjamin connected on his only pass of the evening for another as the Jaguars beat Prairie View A&M, to remain undefeated Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium. The first half was a sheer defensive battle, as both teams combined for eight punts, and SU picked off PVAM quarterback Chris Gibson twice. The Jaguars (3-0, 2-0 SWAC) also gave Prairie View A&M (2-1, 1-1 SWAC) its only score, when Southern was charged with a fourth-quarter holding penalty in its own end zone, giving the Panthers their only points. Kendrick Smith rushed 10 times for 40 yards to lead the Jags rushing attack. Lee finished the night 22 of 36 in passing for 144 yards. Calvin Harris led all rushes with 69 yards on 18 carries for Prairie View. Mark Spivey was 11-18-1 for 76 yards, and Chris Gibson was 11-26-2 for 69.

No. 8 Albany State 24, Stillman 17
Albany State ended Stillman’s winning streak with a 24-17 victory at Tuscaloosa. It was the Tigers’ SIAC opener and the loss snapped a six-game win streak dating back to 2006. The Golden Rams (3-1, 2-0 SIAC) scored on consecutive possessions to open a 21-7 lead late in the first half. A week after throwing for more than 400 yards, Stillman quarterback Charles McCullum completed just 15-of-37 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also rushed for 69 yards. A 3-yard touchdown run by Brandon Long brought Stillman within four points on the opening drive of the second half but the Tigers were unable to add any more points.

No. 9 Virginia Union 45, Livingstone 7
The Blue Bears scored first in its home opener to VUU (3-0) at Salisbury, N.C. but fizzled out in defeat. The Panthers scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to hold a 28-7 lead at the half. VUU quarterback Lamar Little rushed nine times for 146 yards and completed nine of 21 pass-attempts for 152 yards. Livingstone’s Lionel Vincent finished with a game high 12 tackles.

NOTE: No. 7 Tuskegee defeated Benedict College 44-8. However, no news accounts were made available from either wire services or the respective schools as of press time.