Weekend Football Roundup: No. 1 Southern & No. 5 Alabama State Falls; No. 3 Hampton Rolls

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 7, 2007
Football NEW YORK — How teams in this week’s BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll fared this weekend.

No. 4 Alabama A&M 33, No. 1 Southern 28
Gerald Stockdale passed 55 yards for a touchdown and Kelcy Luke had two shorter scoring throws to Rashad Johnson as AAMU gave Southern its first defeat of the season at Baton Rouge Saturday. Stockdale’s touchdown throw to Thomas Harris was his only pass of the night for A&M, now even with Southern at 5-1 overall (3-1 in SWAC). Luke, who finished 20-for-33 with two interceptions for 226 yards and ran for 9 yards, opened scoring with a 12-yard pass to Johnson. The Jaguars got within three points late in the fourth quarter. Bryant Lee, who also scored on a 6-yard throw to Clevan White, made his second touchdown pass at 14 yards to Gerard Landry to make it 31-28 with 4:40 left. The final margin was on Whitney Garrett’s safety with 2:38 left.

No. 3 Hampton 48, Princeton 27
Kevin Beverly had three short touchdown runs and Van Morgan added two scores as Hampton routed host Princeton on Saturday. Trailing 27-14 at halftime, the Pirates (4-1) scored 34 unanswered points with a rally that began when Charles Robinson returned an interception 80 yards in the third quarter. After the teams traded possessions, Princeton (2-2) drove to the Pirates 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter. But the HU defense held, and its offense then went 96 yards in 15 plays, a drive that culminated with Morgan’s 1-yard run. PU’s Matt Murphy blocked the extra point attempt to keep the score at 27-27, but Hampton took the lead for good when Beverly ran in from a yard out with 4:31 left. The Pirates then got the ball right back on a Sam Pope interception, and they took a 41-27 lead when Beverly scored on a 1-yard run. Pope then picked off another pass and ran it back 65 yards for the final score.

Jackson State 32, No. 5 Alabama State 20
Erik Haw ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Jackson State won its third straight game with a home victory over Alabama State on Saturday. JSU (3-2, 3-0 SWAC) got first-quarter touchdown runs of 6 and 1 yards from Haw to take a 14-6 halftime lead. Eric Perri added three field goals in to second half to push Jackson State’s lead to 23-12 early in the fourth quarter. ASU (4-2, 3-2) rallied when Alex Engram hit Fred Ragsdale with both a 12-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass to pull within 23-20 with 7:50 left. Jackson State finished with 285 yards rushing while holding Alabama State to 187 total yards. The loss was Alabama State’s second straight after opening the season 4-0 under new coach Reggie Barlow.

No. 6 Tuskegee 33, Morehouse 10
John Pascley ran for 91 yards and had three touchdowns to help Tuskegee beat Morehouse at Columbus, Ga. Saturday. The Golden Tigers (5-0, 4-0 SIAC) jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on 1- and 41-yard touchdown runs by Pascley, who finished with 15 carries. Keith King added a rushing score from 1 yard away. Tuskegee continued its scoring in the third on Parscley’s 3-yard run. Jacary Atkinson, who completed 9 of 22 passes, threw for 200 yards and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jason English in the fourth. Atkinson also had two interceptions for the Golden Tigers. Christian Sterling threw for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Maroon Tigers (4-2, 2-2) Steadman James had five catches for 120 yards, while Kelvin Moore added 76 yards from the ground.

Norfolk State 20, No. 7 South Carolina State 13 (2 OT)
Jamar Johnson caught a 25-yard touchdown on a halfback pass from Daryl Jones in the second overtime, and the Norfolk State defense held South Carolina State scoreless on the Bulldogs’ second OT possession to lift the Spartans to a win on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium. The Spartans’ win over the preseason MEAC favorite Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) gives NSU (4-1, 3-0) its first-ever 3-0 MEAC start. The Spartans also maintain a share of first-place in the MEAC with Delaware State (4-1, 3-0). The win also gave the Spartans their first win over SCSU since 2000, a 24-21 overtime win at Price Stadium. SCSU had won the last six meetings, and held an 11-1 series edge coming into Saturday’s game.

No. 8 Virginia State 30, Johnson C. Smith 17
VUU (6-0, 3-0 CIAA) avenged last year’s five overtime loss to JCSU (2-4, 1-2) with a win at Charlotte. Despite JCSU holding quarterback Lamar Little to just 76 passing yards, the running duo of Tarian Donaldson and Elihu Smith combined for over 340 yards of rushing offense. Donaldson had 18 carries for 183 yards and two scores while Smith added 162 yards and a score. JCSU’s Carlton Richardson completed 18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 18 carries for 63 yards. Senior Brandon Benjamin had 9 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown.

No. 9 Grambling State 40, Mississippi Valley State 0
Brandon Landers ran for one touchdown and passed for two more today as host Grambling State shutout Mississippi Valley State, but Tim Manuel’s first field goal would have been enough. Manuel opened the scoring with a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter, and kicked a 34-yard score with 52 seconds left in the second to put Grambling (4-1, 4-0 SWAC) up 27-0 at halftime. MVSU (1-4, 1-4) managed 259 yards of total offense to Grambling’s 334 while piling up nine penalties for 106 yards. Landers finished 10 of 23 passing for 185 yards with one interception. Frank Warren led all rushers with 104 yards on 20 carries for the Tigers. Ronald Brewer led MVSU in rushing with 14 carries for 50 yards and Semaj Williams was 10-of-21 for 75 yards and two interceptions in his first start.

No. 10 Albany State 20, Miles College 6
Spotted a rare six-point advantage, the Golden Bears gave up two quick touchdowns en route to a home loss to the Golden Rams. Ellis George’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave the Golden Bears (1-6, 0-4 SIAC) the lead momentarily, but Albany State snatched it back quickly, pounding Miles with run after run. Demetrice Johnson’s 47-yard touchdown run with 9:34 left in the second gave the four-time defending SIAC champions the lead for good. Less than two minutes later, LiRonnie Davis ran it in from 18 yards to give the Rams more than enough cushion against a beleaguered Golden Bears offense. ASU (5-1, 4-0) ran for 146 of its 261 rushing yards in the second quarter. Both Johnson and Davis finished with more than 100 yards.

NOTE: No. 2 Delaware State defeated Bethune-Cookman 24-10 on Thursday night.