Black College Football Weekend Roundup

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 28, 2007 Logo NEW YORK — How the teams in the HBCU Top 10 Football Poll fared this weekend.

No. 1 Delaware State 17, No. 10 South Carolina State 16
Peter Gaertner came on with two seconds left to kick his one and only field goal of the day and lift visiting Delaware State over South Carolina State in MEAC action Saturday. The Hornets (7-1, 6-0 MEAC) were down 16-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. A 1-yard scoring run by Adam Shrewsbury, who had just five yards rushing in the game, cut the lead to 16-14 with 14:33 left in the game. DSU then shut down the Bulldogs (4-4, 3-2) and forced a fumble by quarterback Cleveland McCoy that was recovered at S.C. State’s 43-yard line with 2:58 left in the game. A 23-yard pass completion from Vashon Winton to Shaheer McBride set up the game winning field goal. Winton finished 12-of-22 for 151 yards and one touchdown. SCSU, which out gained the Hornets 418 yards to 253, were led by William Ford with 161 yards rushing and McCoy added 102 yards on just 15 carries and a rushing score. McCoy completed 9 of 17 passes for 93 yards.

No. 2 Grambling State 57, Texas Southern 9
Brandon Landers threw five touchdown passes Saturday to lead host Grambling State to a victory over Texas Southern. Grambling, (7-1, 7-0 SWAC) handed Texas Southern (0-8; 0-7) its 11th consecutive loss. Grambling went up 14-0 on a pair of touchdown runs in the first quarter. Then Landers hit Clyde Edwards for a 3-yard touchdown — the first of three scoring passes Edwards caught. TSU’s only points came in the third quarter, beginning with a safety and ending with Cornelius Harmon’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Michael Anderson. Harmon completed 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards. He was intercepted twice. Landers completed 13 of 19 for 223 yards. Edwards’ three touchdown receptions set a school record for career touchdowns at 36. The previous record, set by Scotty Anderson, was 35 touchdowns. Edwards, who had five receptions for 102 yards against Texas Southern, has now made at least one reception in 34 consecutive games, beginning in his freshman campaign in 2004.

Howard 17, No. 4 Norfolk State 10
Brian Johnson and Jarahn Williams teamed up for a pair of touchdown passes Saturday and visiting Howard used its stout defense to hand Norfolk State its first loss in MEAC play this season. The Bison (4-4, 2-3 MEAC) did all their scoring before halftime. Williams caught scoring passes of 17 and 53 yards and John Mendoza kicked a 40-yard field goal. The Spartans (6-2, 5-1) finished with minus 15 rushing yards on 17 attempts. They got a 4-yard touchdown pass from Casey Hansen to Jeremy Wicker in the first quarter, but managed only a 23-yard field goal by Justin Castellat the rest of the way. Johnson finished 11-for-20 for 196 yards. Williams caught three for 89 yards. Hansen was 17-for-32 for 238 yards and was sacked five times for 31 yards.

No. 6 Tuskegee 49, Kentucky State 10
Jacary Atkinson threw four touchdown passes as visting Tuskegee remained undefeated and stretched its consecutive win streak to 12 games in a win over Kentucky State Saturday. Atkinson completed 19-of-26 passes for 360 yards as Tuskegee (8-0, 6-0 SIAC) jumped out to a 42-10 halftime lead. TU, who have already clinched at least a share of the conference title, amassed 580 yards total offense to 261 yards for the Thoroughbreds (3-7, 3-3). Richard Fitzhugh was Tuskegee’s leading rusher with 73 yards on 5 carries. Kentucky State’s only touchdown came on a 30-yard pass in the second quarter from Jerimy Watson to Deral Miller.

No. 7 Virginia Union 42, Virginia State 27
Lamar Little accounted for six touchdowns and 260 yards of total offense as visiting VUU improved to 8-1 and kept their CIAA title hopes alive with a decisive win over longtime rival Virginia State. Little scored on a six-yard run and threw touchdown passes of 8 and 70 yards to Steven Miller (4 receptions, 118 yards) as the Panthers, who came into the game ranked sixth in the Southeast Region, opened up a 21-0 first quarter lead on the Trojans. VSU, playing in front of a large homecoming crowd, finally got untracked offensively when quarterback Michael Terry finished off a 12-play, 91-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Davian Richards as VSU trailed 28-7 at the half. Richards finished the game with a career-high 10 receptions for 122 yards and three touchdowns and Terry threw for 225 yards for the Trojans who fell to 4-5 and 3-3 in the CIAA. With the win, coupled with ECSU loss to Saint Paul’s, the Panthers can clinch the Eastern Division title and an appearance in the CIAA Championship game with a win over Fayetteville State in their regular season finale next Saturday in Fayetteville.

No. 8 Albany State 49, Morehouse College 35
The game started badly for the visiting Maroon Tigers and went down hill from there. And by the time the final horn sounded, Morehouse had lost to the Albany State Golden Rams at their Homecoming celebration. Morehouse was never in the game, after failing to field the opening kickoff and allowing the Golden Rams to recover the ball on the one-yard line. Two plays later and Albany State had a lead they never relinquished. The Maroon Tigers almost got back in the game when Christian Green returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the Albany State two-yard line, but the defense held and Morehouse settled for a 30-yard Micah Streiff field goal. Two minutes later, ASU running back Demetrius Johnson scored the second of his three touchdowns, on a 14-yard run up the middle. ASU scored three more touchdowns and allowed two by Morehouse and took a 35-16 lead at halftime.

No. 9 Jackson State 17, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6
Cody Hull ran nine yards for a touchdown with 1:09 left Saturday as host Jackson State handed Arkansas-Pine Bluff its sixth straight loss with a victory. Hull’s touchdown came after Daniel Brooks sacked Golden Lions quarterback Chris Wallace on a fourth down play with 1:13 left in the game. Wallace was sacked four times by the Tigers. Wallace was 8 of 16 for only 89 yards. He was replaced by Johnathan Moore, who was intercepted twice and was 3 of 10 for 28 yards for the Golden Lions (1-7, 1-5 SWAC). Tiger quarterback Jimmy Oliver was 17 of 30 for 209 yards. With the victory, Jackson State (5-3, 5-1) remains tied with Alabama A&M, a winner Saturday over Alabama State, for first place in the conference. The two teams play next week in Huntsville.

Western Kentucky 50, No. 10 N.C. Central 14
The host Hilltoppers scored on every possession during a victory over North Carolina Central University at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky. WKU, in its first year as an NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision program (formerly I-A), improved to 5-3, while NCCU, in its first year of transition into the Division I-Footbll Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), fell to 6-3. The Eagles suffered their biggest loss since a 47-0 defeat at Winston-Salem State University on Oct. 25, 2003, while the NCCU defense surrendered the most points since a 60-25 loss against Livingstone College on Oct. 28, 1995. WKU amassed 538 yards of total offense, including 373 yards rushing, for an average of 7.8 yards per play and 7.2 yards per rush. NCCU recorded 333 total yards, including a season-high 162 yards on the ground. NCCU rookie running back Tim Shankle rushed for a season-high 127 yards on 20 carries, while senior tight end Christopher Edwards collected season-highs of five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.