HBCU Football Roundup: No. 1 Delaware State Shuts Down A&T

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 14, 2007
NEW YORK — How teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll fared this weekend:
No. 1 Delaware State 27, North Carolina A&T 0
Brandon Hudson returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, and DSU to a shutout victory over North Carolina A&T at Greensboro Saturday to extend the nation’s longest losing streak to 23 games. Peter Gaertner also kicked a pair of field goals for the Hornets (5-1, 4-0 MEAC), who won their third straight game and raised their MEAC record to 4-0 for the first time since they won their first five league games in 1989. DSU’s defense held A&T tailback Michael Ferguson to 36 yards on 11 carries. Ferguson was second in the MEAC and ninth in the nation in rushing at 124.5 yards per game for the Aggies (0-7, 0-4 MEAC). Of A&T’s 23 straight losses, 12 have been at home.
No. 8 Norfolk State 20, No. 2 Hampton 19
Hampton kicker Carlo Turavani had an extra-point attempt blocked with 27 seconds left and missed a 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, giving the host Spartans a win over the Pirates on Saturday. Daryl Jones rushed for 99 yards, including a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the third and fourth quarters to put NSU (5-1, 4-0 MEAC) ahead 20-10. Turavani kicked a 31-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. HU’s T.J. Mitchell, who threw a 10-yard TD pass in the first quarter to Jeremy Gilchrist, then scored on a 16-yard TD run with 27 seconds left in the game. But NSU’s Don Carey blocked Turavani’s extra-point attempt that would have tied the score. Hampton (4-2, 3-2) outgained Norfolk State 359-294 but was penalized 13 times for 112 yards.
Jackson State 32, No. 4 Southern 26
Jimmy Oliver passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns and Eric Perri kicked three field goals and every extra point as Jackson State beat Southern at Baton Rouge Saturday night.

Oliver finished 21-for-31 with three interceptions for Jackson State (4-2), which remained unbeaten in four SWAC games. The loss was the second in a row for Southern (5-2, 3-2). The teams traded scores for the first two quarters. An 8-yard pass from Oliver to Jaymar Johnson was answered by Bryant Lee’s 31-yard pass to Darren Coates. Perri’s 27-yard field goal was followed by Lee’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Landry. Lee finished 21-for-29 for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Erik Haw led all rushers with 135 yards on 23 carries for Jackson State. Clevan White led Southern’s with 21 yards on one carry.
No. 5 Tuskegee 35, Stillman 7
Jacary Atkinson threw two touchdown passes to Jason English and ran for another score as host Tuskegee defeated Stillman Saturday and remained undefeated. TU (6-0, 5-0 SIAC) gained a total of 383 yards to 204 for Stillman to take an easy win in the battle of Tigers.
Atkinson completed 11-of-19 passes for 191 yards and ran 10 times for 55 yards.

Tuskegee took the lead on the final play of the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Richard Fitzhugh, capping a 13-play, 99-yard drive that consumed almost seven minutes. Stillman (5-3, 1-3) tied the score with 3:02 in the first half on a 3-yard pass from Charles McCullum to Derrick Rogers. That score came at the end of a 98-yard drive that lasted more than seven minutes.

A minute later Atkinson threw a 26-yard scoring pass to English to give Tuskegee a 14-7 halftime lead. The Tigers outscored Stillman 21-0 in the second half to seal the victory. John Pascley rushed 12 times for 82 yards for Tuskegee. Quinn Porter ran 15 times for 72 yards for Stillman.

No. 6 Grambling State 30, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24
Brandon Landers threw for 214 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead GSU to a win over host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in its fifth straight conference victory. UAPB (1-5, 1-3 SWAC) was plagued by turnovers and penalties — the Golden Lions fumbled the ball five times and gave up 105 yards on 11 penalties at the game played at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.

Landers also ran in a touchdown and threw two interceptions. UAPB scored on their first possession on a 79-yard TD pass from Johnathan Moore to Jason Jones. They added a 22-yard field goal by John Heflin for a 10-0 lead. But Grambling (5-1, 5-0) tied it by halftime with Frank Warren’s 14-yard touchdown run and a 38-yard field goal by Tim Manuel. The Tigers pulled ahead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Landers to Clyde Edwards; Landers ran in a 1-yard score in the third quarter as well. Warren finished with 92 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Moore was 16-of-32 for 276 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Elizabeth City State 23, No. 7 Virginia Union 14
The Vikings handed VUU their first defeat of the season, downing the Panthers on their home field Saturday afternoon at Hovey Field in Richmond. With their third straight win, the Vikings (3-4, 3-1 CIAA) move into first place in the CIAA Eastern Division. With Virginia State’s win over Bowie State, it leaves the Vikings in sole possession of first place with no losses in divisional play. ECSU running back Brandon Fields posted career highs in carries and rushing yards with 30 touches for 168 yards. His rushing total eclipsed the total output for the Panthers by 24 yards (168 to 144). The Panthers (6-1, 3-1) and Bowie (3-4, CIAA 3-1) will face each other next Saturday in Richmond at the 2007 Gold Bowl. Virginia Union, Bowie State and Virginia State (who will travel to Charlotte to face Johnson C. Smith) are all in a three-way tie for second place, each sporting 1-1 marks in the division.

No. 9 Albany State 17, Clark Atlanta 14

The Golden Rams used their powerful running game and a dominating run defense to defeat host Clark Atlanta Saturday night. ASU (6-1, 4-0 SIAC) had 252 yards on the ground including 105 from quarterback Kisan Flakes (12-of-19, 105 passing yards). A first quarter, 44-yard scoring pass from Flakes to Demetrice Johnson was the only points of the first half. ASU opened the second half by getting a safety, but ASU’s kicking game faltered when Clark’s Rahim Bradshaw returned a blocked punt 24 yards for a touchdown. The Golden Rams would then add another safety and an 11-yard scoring run by Johnson in the fourth quarter to take a 10-point lead. Clark’s Winston Thompson, the SIAC’s leading rusher, was held to 27 yards on the day. The win sets up a first-place showdown next week between ASU and Tuskegee.

Prairie View A&M 17, No. 10 Alabama State 6

Gabriel Osaze-Ediae caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Mark Spivey late in the third quarter to give Prairie View A&M the lead in a come-from-behind win over Alabama State at Montgomery Saturday. PVAM (4-2, 3-2 SWAC) trailed 6-3 at halftime and did not get its first touchdown until Osaze-Ediae scored at 3:02 in the third period. The Panthers shut the door on the Hornets (4-3, 3-3) with a 13-play, 66-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes of the fourth quarter. The drive ended at 3:14 in the game with a 7-yard touchdown run by Prairie View’s Donald Babers. Babers rushed 22 times for 83 yards and Osaze-Ediae caught 5 passes for 71 yards. ASU’s only score came in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Jay Peck. Peck rushed 23 times for 106 yards. Brady Faggard kicked a 44-yard first quarter field goal for Prairie View.

NOTE: No. 3 Alabama A&M was idle.