How The BTRC/BASN Top 10 Fared This Weekend

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 21, 2007 Logo NEW YORK — How teams in the HBCU Top 10 Football Poll fared this weekend.

No. 1 Delaware State 25, Morgan State 17
Akeem Green picked up a fumble and ran 99 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, and Peter Gaertner’s 43-yard field goal capped Delaware State’s rally for a victory over visiting Morgan State on Saturday. The victory kept the Hornets unbeaten in the MEAC (4-0) and tied with Norfolk State for the conference lead. Morgan State led 17-13 after Courtney Anderson’s 4-yard TD run in the third quarter and was driving to take control of the game before the play by Green with 9:11 left. Gaertner, who kicked four field goals in the game, started DSU’s rally with a 34-yard boot on the final play of the third quarter. He also hit from 42 and 45 yards. Delaware State scored first on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Vashon Winton to Shaheer McBride. Morgan State countered with a field goal and 1-yard TD plunge by Mario Melton. Gaertner’s 42-yard kick led to a 10-10 halftime deadlock. MSU outgained Delaware State 318-259, but turned the ball over five times (three fumbled, two interceptions) to the Hornets’ 1.

No. 3 Grambling State 30, No. 8 Jackson State 20
Brandon Landers passed for 348 yards and a touchdown and Tim Manuel kicked three field goals Saturday to lead Grambling State to a victory over host Jackson State and its fifth straight win. Landers connected with Clyde Edwards for a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter that put Grambling ahead 17-10. Jackson State tied the game at 17-17 three minutes later on a short run from Erik Haw. GSU (6-1, 6-0 SWAC) got a 25-yard field goal from Manuel with one second left in the first half to take the lead again. Grambling’s defense did the rest after the that, holding Jackson State (4-3,4-1) to just 25 yards rushing. GSU finished with 471 yards of total offense and remains the only SWAC team without a conference loss. JSU’s four-game winning streak was snapped and it was the Tigers’ first conference loss of the season.

No. 4 Tuskegee 40, No. 6 Albany State 28
Jacary Atkinson completed 8-of-18 passes for 262 yards and ran for 98 yards on 15 carries to lead Tuskegee to a win over host Albany State. The Golden Tigers built a 21-7 win in the first quarter and stifled the Rams’ potent run game, allowing only 71 yards on the ground. John Pascley scored two touchdowns and Matt Sims hit a pair of field goals for the Golden Tigers (7-0, 6-0 SIAC). Richard Fitzhugh had 21 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown for Tuskegee, which totaled 564 yards of offense. Kisan Flakes threw for three touchdowns and ran for another for Albany State (6-2, 4-1). He hit Gary Neavins with a 57-yard TD in the first period, hit Cameron Smith with a 63-yarder in the second period and tossed a 32-yarder to Joshua Johnson in the fourth. He scored a 14-yard rushing TD in the fourth that closed the gap to 33-28. But Tuskegee put it away when Atkinson engineered an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Pascley’s final TD, a 3-yarder.

South Carolina State 28, No. 7 Hampton 24

Cleveland McCoy threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more — including the game-winning score — to lead South Carolina State to a win over host Hampton on Saturday. The Bulldogs (4-3, 3-1 MEAC) were trailing 24-21 when McCoy ran 31 yards for a touchdown with 6:53 left in the game to seal the win. McCoy completed 8 of 18 passes for 126 yards, and rushed for 154 yards on 19 carries.Kevin Beverly rushed for 60 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown for Hampton (4-3, 3-3). T.J. Mitchell was 19-of-41 for 223 yards with one TD and one interception. SCSU had 416 offensive yards to the Pirates’ 314.

No. 9 Southern 14, Alcorn State 10
Alvin Fossilman’s four yards rushing included the one-yard plunge that gave host Southern a victory over Alcorn State on Saturday night. Neither team managed to score in the first quarter. Southern (6-2, 4-2 SWAC) got its first touchdown on Warren Mathews’ 24-yard pass to Darren Coates early in the second quarter. Matthews completed 14 of 27 passes for 117 yards. Down 7-0 at halftime, Alcorn (1-6, 1-5) caught up with the only score in the third quarter, on a 26-yard pass from Tony Hobson to Emman Arceneaux. Alexander Oelfke’s 33-yard field goal put Alcorn ahead, 10-7 with 13:11 to go in the fourth quarter. He also punted seven times for 295 yards, the longest one 49 yards. Fossilman’s touchdown capped a 13-play, 59-yard drive. Coates led all rushers and receivers with a net 57 yards on 16 carries and another 49 yards on six catches. Josh Duran made both extra points and five punts for 175 yards. The Southern team also was credited with one punt for 26 yards. Vernardu Cooper led Alcorn rushers and receivers, with 40 yards on 16 carries and four receptions for another 40 yards. Hobson was 10-for-19 for 107 yards; he rushed four times for a net gain of two yards.

No. 10 Virginia Union 27, Bowie State 14
Virginia Union won the 31st Annual Gold Bowl Classic at Richmond, defeating Bowie State. The win keeps Virginia Union in the running for the CIAA Eastern Division title and improves the Panthers to 7-1 (4-1 CIAA). However, the loss pretty much eliminates the Bulldogs from winning the divisional crown, as BSU falls to 3-5 (3-2). The Panthers scored the game’s first points courtesy of a 25-yard pass from Lamar Little to Steven Miller. They added six more points at the 2:49 mark of the first quarter, when Little tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Phillip Taylor to make it 14-0. After BSU got within a point at 14-13, Andre Winston hauled in an 80-yard pass from Little with just over two minutes before halftime to take a 20-13 lead at the break. Little threw his fourth touchdown of the game and second to Taylor (four receptions for 48 yards) with 4:47 remaining in third quarter, capping off a seven play, 85-yard drive. Little finished the game completing 12 of 22 passes for 216 yards and was intercepted twice.

NOTE: On Thursday evening, No. 2 Alabama A&M defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 31-14 and No. 5 Norfolk State defeated Florida A&M 33-27.