By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 18, 2007
NEW YORK — How the teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll fared this weekend.
No. 1 Delaware State 29, Howard 13
Kareem Jones had 121 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, and host Delaware State overcame a sluggish start to beat Howard on Saturday, finishing a perfect season in the MEAC. The Hornets (10-1, 8-0), who wrapped up the MEAC title last week, will take an eight-game winning streak into the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Delaware State trailed through much of the first half but scored 29 straight points to take control, starting with Jones’ 5-yard run with 29 seconds left in the first half. Brian Johnson threw for 159 yards and a first-quarter touchdown that gave Howard a 7-0 lead. Floyd Haigler added a late touchdown pass for the Bison (4-7, 2-6), who lost their third straight. Jones had five receptions for 68 yards and ran for 53 yards on 13 carries. Vashon Winton completed 16 of 24 passes for 185 yards and did not throw an interception. However, Delaware State struggled to move the ball, totaling just 303 yards and punting five times. The Hornets’ defense and special teams helped them score 12 points in a span of two minutes early in the third quarter. Delaware State took its first lead when Russell Reeves sacked Johnson in the end zone for a safety, making it 9-7. After the free kick, Peter Gaertner hit the first of his two field goals, and on the ensuing kickoff, Jarahn Williams fumbled the return. Brandon Hudson picked up the loose ball and ran 10 yards for a touchdown to give the Hornets a 19-7 advantage with 12:11 remaining in the third quarter. Delaware State extended its lead in the fourth on Gaertner’s 33-yard field goal and a 4-yard run by Lennox Norville.
No. 10 Prairie View A&M 30, No. 4 Alabama A&M 20
Mark Spivey threw for two scores as host Prairie View A&M wrapped up its best season in more than 40 years with a win against Alabama A&M 30-20 Saturday night. Anthony Weeden opened the scoring with a 73-yard punt return and Prairie View (7-3, 6-3 SWAC) built a 21-0 halftime lead. The Panthers had their most victories since 1964, when they went 9-0 and topped the SBN’s ranking of historically black colleges. Prairie View had its first winning season since 1976. Alabama A&M (7-3, 6-3) trailed 30-7 after three quarters. Kelcy Luke ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Weeden’s punt return put Prairie View on top midway through the first quarter. In the second quarter, Calvin Harris had a 1-yard TD run and Spivey threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Osaze-Ediae to make it 21-0. Spivey added a 16-yard scoring toss to Shaun Stephens to put Prairie View ahead 30-7 with 5:48 left in the third. Luke, who threw for 232 yards, had a 7-yard run and 17-yard pass to Thomas Harris to bring the Bulldogs within 10 in the fourth quarter.
Catawba 66, No. 5 Albany State 35
Brad Roach set a school record with five touchdown passes as host Catawba rolled up a victory over Albany State Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Indians (11-1) advance to a second-round meeting with Valdosta State, the top-seeded team in the Southeast Region. Valdosta State had a bye into the second round. Roach hit on 18-of-34 passes for 340 yards. Brent Johnson caught nine passes for 155 yards and three scores. Antwan Strong caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Albany State (8-3) rallied from a 21-7 deficit to tie the score midway through the second quarter. Roach hit Johnson on a 14-yard scoring pass with 11 seconds left before the half to break the tie. The second half started with three touchdowns scored in a minute and a half. After Cory Darnell’s 31-yard field goal at 11:16 extended Catawba’s lead, Brian Porter took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown for the Golden Rams for a 31-28 deficit. Two plays later, Roach would find Strong for a 63-yard score, and two plays later, Ron Ellington returned a fumble 15 yards for a 45-28 lead with 9:44 to go in the third quarter.
No. 6 Norfolk State 23, Winston-Salem State 20
Casey Hansen threw two touchdown passes to Jamar Johnson as host Norfolk State defeated Winston-Salem State Saturday. Hansen’s 15-yard scoring pass to Johnson with 37 seconds left in the first half gave the Spartans (8-3) a 16-13 lead. The pair connected again on a 21-yard play in the third quarter, capping a 10-play, 69-yard drive. Johnson finished with seven receptions for 116 yards. Hansen was 24-of-41 for 221 yards. Monte Purvis of Winston-Salem State (6-5) ran for a 12-yard touchdown and threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Bryant Bayne, who had three receptions for 54 yards. Purvis had 71 yards on 16 carries and was 6-of-15 for 88 yards passing. William Haynes had a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown for the Rams, and Daryl Jones scored on a 1-yard run for Norfolk State.
No. 8 Jackson State 31, Alcorn State 19
Jimmy Oliver passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns in leading host Jackson State to its first conference title game in eight years with a win over Alcorn State on Saturday. Oliver also ran for 111 yards as Jackson State (7-4, 7-2 SWAC) ended a four game losing streak to Alcorn State, amassing 538 yards of offense. Lavarus Giles ran for 146 yards and scored twice for the Tigers, the SWAC East division champion. Jackson State will face Grambling in the SWAC championship game on Dec. 15. Alcorn (2-8, 2-7) ended the season losing three of its last four games. Tony Hobson passed for 350 yards and three touchdowns for Alcorn, but the team committed 12 penalties and had three turnovers. Giles’ 1-yard run late in the first quarter gave Jackson State a 7-6 lead that started a string of 24 unanswered points. Giles also scored on an 82-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that Jackson State ahead 24-6 with 12:30 left in the game. Oliver’s touchdown passes came on a 35-yard strike to Jaymar Johnson in the second quarter and a 24-yard pass to Terrance Jones in the fourth.
Delta State 45, No. 9 Shaw 7
Chad Schroeder and Ben Stallings each rushed for two touchdowns as host Delta State routed Shaw in a Division II playoff game on Saturday. Schroeder gave the Fighting Okra (10-1) an early lead just seconds into the game on a 35-yard touchdown run. Stallings’ touchdowns came on two short runs early in the game and Schroeder scored from a yard out as Delta State took a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. The only score for Shaw (8-4) came in the third quarter when Raymon Williams sprinted 90 yards for a touchdown. Delta State picked up 563 total yards in the game and held Shaw to 242.