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Weekend HBCU Football Roundup
No. 1 Delaware State 28, No. 7 Norfolk State 21 (OT)
Host Delaware State rallied from 18 points down in the fourth quarter, and linebacker Eric Sewell caught a 2-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Hornets a victory over Norfolk State and the MEAC title. The game ended when Norfolk State’s Casey Hansen was sacked on fourth down in overtime. Trailing 21-3, Delaware State (9-1, 7-0) began its comeback when Shaheer McBride hit Vashon Winton for a 6-yard touchdown with 8:09 remaining. After a Norfolk State punt, the Hornets drove 65 yards in three plays. Adam Shrewsbury scored from 2 yards out, then rushed for a two-point conversion to make it 21-18. Again, Norfolk State had a chance to run out the clock but failed, giving the Hornets the ball back with 1:54 left. Delaware State drove 56 yards to set up the tying score, Peter Gaertner’s 28-yard field goal as time expired. Winton went 28-of-44 for 245 yards and two touchdowns and completed passes to 11 different receivers. He also rushed for 61 yards on 18 carries. Norfolk State (7-3, 6-2) led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter on Hansen’s 5-yard pass to Jamar Johnson and Daryl Jones’ 16-yard run. Jones finished with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Gaertner got Delaware State on the board with a 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, but on the ensuing possession, Norfolk State took a 21-3 lead on Jones’ 19-yard run.
Louisiana-Monroe 28, No. 2 Grambling State 14
Behind a tenacious defensive effort, host Louisiana-Monroe defeated Grambling State in front of a Malone Stadium record crowd of 30,101 Saturday night. The Warhawks (4-6) held Grambling to just 165 total yards and negative four yards rushing. The Tigers (8-2) managed just nine first downs in the game and scored just one offensive touchdown. The attendance mark broke the old mark of 28,725 set on Oct. 10, 1998 against Louisiana Tech. It was also the fifth largest attended on-campus game in Sun Belt history. Frank Goodin and Calvin Dawson each reached 100 yards or more, the third time this season that ULM has had two players rush for 100 yards or better in a game. When Dawson and Goodin did it at Clemson in week two, it was the first time since 1994 that ULM accomplished the feat; Dawson and quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster did it last week.
No. Tuskegee 72, George Mason 3
Jacary Atkinson threw three early touchdown passes as Tuskegee cruised to an easy win over George Mason and remained the only undefeated in black college football team. Tuskegee (10-0) of Division II jumped out to a 30-0 first quarter lead and overmatched the Division III Patriots. The Tigers had 12 different players run the ball and rushed for 432 yards to 51 yards on the ground for George Mason (2-7). Tuskegee’s first quarter scoring included a 72-yard kickoff return by Mario Jackson after a safety. Atkinson completed 7-of-9 passes for 202 yards and ran three times for 14 yards. Nine different Tigers scored touchdowns, including Keon Davis, who had 20-yard and 21-yard scoring runs. The leading rusher for Tuskegee was Ryan Crespo, who ran 11 times for 76 yards. Atkinson threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to Lorenzo Crawford and a 68-yard scoring pass to Antoine Mitchell in the first quarter. His other scoring pass was a 12-yard toss to Stanley Reid early in the second quarter. Keith King, Tony Forney, Stephen Freeman and Jamorris Williams also scored touchdowns for the Tigers. The Patriots did not get on the scoreboard until Kory Hitchens kicked a 45-yard field goal with five seconds to play in the game.
No. 4 Alabama A&M 24, Alcorn State 20
Ulysses Banks scored two touchdowns to lead visiting Alabama A&M to a win over Alcorn State on Saturday. Alabama A&M (8-2, 6-2 SWAC) took an early led in the first quarter when Banks scored from three yards out. Alcorn State (2-7, 2-6) answered less than a minute later when Tony Hobson connected with Antonio DeJarnette on a 15-yard touchdown pass. But the Braves just couldn’t pull things together. Alcorn was called for nine penalties and fumbled the ball twice. AAMU took the lead for good when Banks ran 16 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Alabama couldn’t manage to score in the second half. Alcorn came within four points in the fourth quarter when Channia Pugh scored on a short pass from Chris Walker. Banks rushed 22 times for 96 yards.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 23, No. 5 Southern 20
John Heflin kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give host Arkansas-Pine Bluff a victory Saturday over Southern University. UAPB (3-7, 3-5 SWAC) jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter after a 62-yard pass play from Chris Wallace to Jason Jones and two running TDs by Mickey Dean, one from 2 yards out, the other from the 3. Heflin’s point-after kick on Dean’s first TD was blocked by the Jaguars. But Southern (7-3, 5-3) then scored three touchdowns of its own. Garard Landry took a 4-yard pass from Bryant Lee, Lee threw another scoring pass to Albert Turner from 40 yards out, and he threw for another TD to Juamorr Stewart from the 16. The Jaguars made all the extra points to take a 21-20 lead with 1:05 left in the game. UAPB took seven plays to cover 60 yards in the game’s final minute to get within range of Heflin’s leg for the winning kick. Lee was 31-of-40 for the night, with no interceptions, for 373 yards. UAPB’s Wallace went 16-for-21 but was intercepted twice.
Prairie View A&M 30, No. 6 Jackson State 27
Mark Spivey threw four touchdowns and Chris Adingupu intercepted a pass late to help host Prairie View A&M beat Jackson State, giving the Panthers their first winning season in more than 30 years. Prairie View A&M (6-3, 5-3 SWAC) hasn’t been better than .500 since 1976. The Panthers lost an NCAA-record 80 in a row in the 1990s. Jackson State (6-4, 6-2) got within 30-27 on Cody Hull’s 4-yard touchdown run with 5:15 left. The Tigers had a chance to tie or win on their final drive, and had the ball near midfield with two minutes left. But Adingupu intercepted a Trae Rutland pass at the Prairie View 41 with 1:11 left. The Panthers ran out the clock to clinch the win. Spivey was 8-of-19 for 180 yards, but half of his completions went for scores as Prairie View A&M rallied from an early 11-point deficit. But he threw for three TDs in the second quarter to give the Panthers a 23-13 cushion at halftime. Spivey added a 64-yard TD pass to Joe Townsend in the fourth to put Prairie View on top 30-20 with 14:36 left. Jackson State’s Jimmy Oliver threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Jaymar Johnson had two TD receptions.
No. 10 Shaw 31, No. 8 Virginia Union 24 (2 OT)
Shaw rallied behind backup quarterback Omari Avant for a double-overtime win against Virginia Union at Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium, the Bears’ second CIAA Championship in four seasons. The Bears trailed 24-14 after Virginia Union’s Lamar Little scored from 3 yards out with 14 minutes, 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but didn’t buckle. Avant, who took over for Travis Robinson after halftime, kick-started Shaw’s offense with 13-of-15 passing for 79 yards and a score as well as a couple of key runs to keep drives alive. The Bears (8-3) got an 18-yard Ryne Powell field goal and Avant’s 14-yard pass to Mike Brown with 34 seconds left to force overtime. Neither side scored on the first possession, but Aaron Ellison, who rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries, crashed over from 3 yards out for the winning score. Shaw’s special teams accounted for the Bears’ 14-10 halftime lead with Robbie Henson scoring on a blocked punt and Alan Atwarter taking a kickoff 74 yards for another. Virginia Union moved inside Shaw’s 10 on three different possessions, but mustered a 20-yard Gil Hernandez field goal and Phillip Taylor’s 4-yard scoring pass from Lamar Little. Union’s defense made a big play when linebacker Stevie Johnson returned an interception 30 yards early in the third quarter to set up a 4-yard Little to Taylor strike for a 17-14 lead.