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HBCU Football Weekend Roundup
By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 4, 2007
No. 1 Delaware State 23, Winston-Salem State 20
Peter Gaertner kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired Saturday to lead Delaware State to a victory over host Winston-Salem State. It’s the fourth time this season that the Hornets (8-1) have staged a fourth-quarter rally. Gaertner kicked three field goals, the second of which tied the score at 6-6 with 14:13 left in the first half. DSU broke the tie three minutes later when Vashon Winton threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Shaheer McBride for a 12-6 edge. The Rams (5-4) reclaimed the lead on Jed Bines’ 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and the defense added a score when defensive end William Hayes forced a fumble, picked it up and ran 6 yards for a touchdown. Chris Strother’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:31 left capped an 86-yard drive, and the Hornets ran 3:18 off the clock to set up Gaertner’s game-winning kick.
No. 3 Grambling State 21, Alabama State 7
Brandon Landers threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Grambling State to a victory over host Alabama State on Saturday. The win seals Grambling State’s (8-1, 8-0 SWAC) berth to the 2007 SWAC Championship game for the second time in three years. The Golden Tigers first score came when defensive end John Scroggins stripped the ball from an Alabama State (4-5, 3-5) player and it was recovered by safety DeMichael Dizer. Several plays later, Frank Warren scored on a 3-yard run for a 6-0 lead at the 11:28 mark in the first quarter. Grambling State moved ahead 12-0 after Landers connected with Tim Abney in the end zone and a successful two-point conversion made it 14-0. Landers hooked up with Warren again for his second touchdown pass of the game and Tim Manuel’s kick extended GSU’s lead to 21-0 with 7:34 remaining in the first half. Alabama State kept it from being a shutout when Craig Freeman scored with 48 seconds left in the second quarter. The Tigers gained 259 total offensive yards to ASU’s 169 yards.
No. 4 Tuskegee 51, Clark Atlanta 0
Jacary Atkinson threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns as host Tuskegee maintained its undefeated record with a win over Clark Atlanta on Saturday. Tuskegee (9-0, 7-0 SIAC) broke its 1990 school record of 652 total offensive yards by collecting 695 yards Saturday. Both records were set against Clark Atlanta (3-7, 2-4). The Golden Tigers’ homecoming win was a reversal of last year’s match with Clark Atlanta, when the Panthers won 10-6. Atkinson scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 10:12 mark. Antoine Mitchell followed about five minutes later to cap the first quarter scoring. The Golden Tigers made it to the end zone four times in the second quarter including Lorenzo Crawford’s score on an 86-yard pass from Richard Fitzhugh that made it 34-0. Matt Sims then kicked a 27-yard field goal to close the half. Crawford scored again in the fourth quarter and a touchdown from Kaon Davis on an 8-yard pass from Eric Palmer finished the game. Atkinson was 17-of-25 and Clark Atlanta’s Corey Jones finished 7-of-20 with 99 yards.
No. 5 Southern 56, Texas Southern 7
Bryant Lee threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in Southern’s victory against win less Texas Southern in Houston on Saturday. Lee had a hand in six of the eight touchdowns for Southern (7-2, 5-2 SWAC). He completed 12 of 18 passes for 248 yards without an interception and rushed for 72 yards on seven carries. The scoring started with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Del Roberts, who had two catches for 123 yards. Lee’s other scoring tosses were 14 and 10 yards to RoShon Jacobs and 11 yards to Darren Coates, who had another touchdown on a 4-yard run. Texas Southern (0-9, 0-8) had four turnovers.
No. 6 Norfolk State 24, Morgan State 16
Daryl Jones rushed for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns and Norfolk State kept its hopes of a MEAC title alive as the Spartans defeated Morgan State in Baltimore Saturday. Tim Ferrell’s 14-yard run with 13:55 to play gave Norfolk State (7-2, 6-1) a 24-13 lead. Morgan State’s James Meade kicked a 43-yard field goal with 7:41 left, but the Bears couldn’t get any closer. Chad Simpson ran for 215 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries for Morgan State (5-5, 4-3). Simpson opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Norfolk State took the lead for good 7-6 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jones in the second quarter and the Spartans never trailed after that. The Spartans extended their lead to 17-6 in the third quarter when kicker Justin Castellat made a 33-yard field goal and Jones scored on a 4-yard touchdown run.
No. 7 Albany State 32, No. 10 Fort Valley State 27
LiRonnie Davis raced 64 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:29 remaining to give Albany State a victory over Fort Valley State at Columbus Saturday. The touchdown capped a four-play, 73-yard drive that came after Fort Valley had taken a 27-26 lead with 2:06 left on Jake Grubbs’ 36-yard field goal. Davis, who had 75 yards on seven carries, also scored on a 2-yard run in the opening period for the Rams (8-2, 6-1 SIAC). The Wildcats fell to 8-3, 5-2. ASU’s other scoring came on Brian Porter’s 7-yard run, Kisan Flakes’ 5-yard run and Flakes’ 3-yard TD pass to Larry Johnson. Garrett Williams sparked the Fort Valley attack, completing 19 of 34 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns, all to Nate Randall, covering 4, 39 and 11 yards.
No. 8 Virginia Union 34, Fayetteville State 17
Virginia Union will get a chance to play for the CIAA title. The Panthers captured the Eastern Division championship on Saturday with a victory over host Fayetteville State. Fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Lamar Little and Taria Donaldson allowed VUU (9-1, 6-1 CIAA) to pull away after Fayetteville State closed within 20-17 late in the third quarter. Virginia Union will play Shaw (7-3, 6-1), which clinched the Western Division title with a victory over St. Aug’s, in the CIAA championship game at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Charlotte. The last time Virginia Union won the CIAA football title was in 2001, when it defeated Winston-Salem State 31-24.