By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
HBCU Weekend Roundup
Delaware 44, No. 1 Delaware State 7
Omar Cuff ran for a school-record 288 yards and four touchdowns to lead Delaware a playoff victory Friday over Delaware State in the first meeting between the in-state rivals. A record crowd of 19,765 packed Delaware Stadium, the third-largest crowd for a first-round game in Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) playoff history. Delaware (9-3) will face top-seeded Northern Iowa next weekend. Cuff had 38 carries and broke the FCS mark for rushing TDs in a season with 33. He already set the FCS mark for total touchdowns in a season and now has 37. Delaware scored its first five possessions to take control from the start. The Hens finished with 536 yards and 29 first downs. The Hornets (10-2) had 144 yards and 11 in first downs. Delaware only had to go 42 yards for its first touchdown after a 22-yard Delaware State punt. On the TD, quarterback Joe Flacco had a long time to throw, finally rolling out toward the sidelines and lobbing a 32-yard scoring pass to tight end Robbie Agnone. Cuff finished off a five-play, 57-yard drive on Delaware’s second possession, scoring on a 1-yard run. He added another 1-yard TD run in the first quarter as the Hens pushed their lead to 20-0 by the end of the opening period. Jon Striefsky’s 22-yard field goal made it 23-0 early in the second period. Cuff capped off the half with a 37-yard scoring run. Cuff ended the half with 199 yards on 25 carries. Delaware made it 44-0 with back-to-back scoring drives of 92 and 91 yards to start the second half. Cuff had a 1-yard TD run and Phillip Thaxton scored from 1-yard out. The only touchdown for the Hornets came on a 19-yard fumble recovery by Reggie McCoy with 12:48 left in the contest. Delaware State’s Kareem Jones, finished with 34 yards on nine carries and Vashon Winton was 10-of-19 for 56 yards with an interception. Flacco completed 11-of-20 passes for 189 yards and a TD.
No. 3 Tuskegee 64, Alabama State 58 (3 OT)
Jacary Atkinson threw for 279 and four touchdowns and rushed for 159 yards and two more touchdowns to lead Tuskegee to a triple overtime win over Alabama State in the Turkey Day Classic. It was the fourth straight win for the Golden Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SIAC) in the annual meeting with the Hornets (5-6, 4-5 SWAC) and the program’s 600th victory. Tuskegee has a 600-332-51 record in 114 seasons. After Tuskegee scored first and led for the whole first quarter, ASU pulled ahead early in the second quarter. Tuskegee managed to tie the score up twice and finally took the lead when Jason English scored on a 63-yard pass from Atkinson with 1:41 to go in the second quarter. The Golden Tigers held onto their lead throughout the last two quarters of the game, leading by as many as 15 points. But Jay Peck scored for the Hornets with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 44-44 and send the game into overtime. Steve Briggs helped the Hornets take a 51-44 lead in overtime when he scored on a 9-yard pass from Chris Mitchell. The score was tied twice in overtime but Tuskegee finally sealed the win on a Richard Fitzhugh touchdown. Jason English caught five passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns for Tuskegee. Alabama State outgained Tuskegee 505-496. Peck rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown for ASU, while Mitchell passed for 272 yards and four touchdowns and Cedric Harris caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 7 Southern 22, No. 2 Grambling State 13
Darren Coates scored a rushing touchdown and caught a touchdown pass as Southern defeated Grambling, in the 34th Bayou Classic on Saturday afternoon in the Superdome. Coates rushed 107 yards on 20 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run — the game’s first score. He also caught four passes for 46 yards, including a 10-yard scoring reception from Bryant Lee. It was the first Bayou Classic since the death in April of former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, one of the central figures in the Classic’s creation. The Tigers have worn a jersey patch all season honoring Robinson, one of six people honored with a banner bearing their name in the Superdome. Grambling (8-3, 8-1 SWAC) plays Jackson State in the SWAC Championship on Dec. 15 in Birmingham, Ala. Southern (8-3, 6-3) took a 14-7 first-quarter lead; the score didn’t change until late in the third quarter. The Jaguars’ Joe Manning blocked a punt by Tim Manuel in the Grambling end zone. Brandon Green had a chance to recover the ball for a touchdown, but fumbled it out of the end zone for a safety, giving Southern a 16-7 lead with 1:32 left in the third quarter. Manning capitalized on another mistake by Grambling’s punt team in the fourth quarter. Manuel dropped a snap and Manning recovered the ball at the Tigers’ 7. That set up Josh Duran’s 23-yard field goal, giving the Jaguars a 19-7 lead with 8:18 left. Grambling got within 19-13 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Landers to Clyde Edwards with 5:29 remaining. Jarmaul George blocked the extra point. Southern played third-and-2 at its 46 on the next possession when Coates ran 32 yards to set up Duran’s clinching 37-yard field goal with 1:19 remaining.