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HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week 10
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Here’s how teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 HBCU Football poll fared this weekend.
No. 1 Tuskegee 52, Kentucky State 34
Jacary Atkinson threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in host Tuskegee’s win over Kentucky State on Saturday. The Golden Tigers (8-0, 7-0 SIAC) clinched at least a tie for the SIAC championship. Atkinson’s last touchdown, a 19-yard pass to Antoine Mitchell gave Tuskegee a 33-27 lead late in the third quarter. The Tigers led just 40-34 before two late touchdowns sealed it. Keith King, after runs of 46 and 7 yards put the ball at the 1, scored his second touchdown of the season. Kelvin Robbins returned an interception 44 yards for Tuskegee’s final score. Kentucky State falls to 3-6 (1-6).
No. 4 South Carolina State 35, No. 2 Hampton 13
Travil Jamison ran for four touchdowns, and William Ford had 182 yards rushing and a score, to lead host South Carolina State to a win over Hampton on Saturday. Jamison, who finished with 151 rushing yards on 10 carries, scored on runs of 5, 3 and 13 yards to give the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-0 MEAC) a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. The Pirates (5-2, 4-1) cut the lead to 21-7 in the third when Damon McDaniel caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Herbert Bynes, who also had a 10-yard passing score to LaMarcus Coker in the fourth. But Jamison answered with a 28-yard touchdown, and Ford added a 39-yard rushing score in the fourth for SCSU. Malcolm Long threw for 115 yards. Coker finished with 109 rushing yards for Hampton. Bynes, who completed 27 of 40 passes, threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
Southeast Missouri 27, No. 3 Tennessee State 20 (OT)
On his first snap of the game, Southeast Missouri freshman quarterback Matt Scheible ran five yards for the winning touchdown in a overtime win against visiting Tennessee State. Scheible had not seen any action until third and goal during the first overtime drive for the Redhawks (3-5, 1-3 OVC) when he made the winning score. TSU (6-2, 3-1) still had an opportunity to tie the game on the next drive, but a fourth down pass failed. Houston Lillard, SEMU’s starting quarterback, completed 15 of 29 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Walter Peoples caught seven passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Chante Ahamefule caught four passes for 85 yards for the Redhawks. Timmy Holloman had 53 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving. Javarr Williams rushed 30 times for 134 yards and a touchdown for TSU. Tigers quarterback Antonio Heffner completed 14 of 22 passes for 233 yards but was intercepted three times.
No. 6 Prairie View A&M 24, Southern 23
Mark Spivey scored on a 7-yard run late in the fourth quarter and the Prairie View A&M defense held on for the final five minutes as the Panthers beat Southern in Houston on Saturday night. Prairie View (7-1, 4-1 SWAC) amassed 303 yards of total offense, scoring on two drives late in the third and fourth quarters to take the lead and secure the come-from-behind win. Southern (4-4, 3-1) had built a 23-10 lead with a little more than seven minutes to go in the third quarter. Jaguars quarterback Bryant Lee completed 27-of-48 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Spivey completed 18-of-33 passes for 203 yards and three interceptions. He also threw for one touchdown. Donald Babers ran for 116 yards for the Panthers.
No. 7 Florida A&M 31, Norfolk State 28
Trevor Scott kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to lift visiting Florida A&M to a victory over Norfolk State on Saturday. Curtis Pulley completed 13 of 27 passes for 252 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards on 13 carries for FAMU (6-2, 2-2 MEAC). Philip Sylvester added 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Dennis Brown completed 22 of 37 passes for 192 yards with one touchdown and one interception, adding 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for NSU (2-6, 1-4). Florida A&M, which outgained Norfolk State 464-371, overcame five turnovers for the win. Brown scored first for the Spartans on a 1-yard run with 3:20 remaining in the opening quarter.
DeAngelo Branch also scored from 1 yard away less than three minutes later to give Norfolk State a 14-0 lead. The Rattlers controlled the second quarter as Pulley hit Kevin Elliott, who finished the day with 11 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, on scores of 16 and 25 yards to tie the game at 14-14 going into the half. Sylvester ran 44 yards for a Rattlers score midway through the third, and Takeen Hedgeman ran it in from 1 yard out as the Spartans once again evened the score going into the final quarter. But, after Pulley hit Isaac West on a 60-yard score and Brown’s 37-yard pass to Dario Walker evened things at 28-28 with 35 seconds to go, the Rattlers drove 67 yards in 31 seconds to set up Scott’s game-winner.
Glenville State 50, No. 8 West Virginia State 28
Glenville State moved into a three-way tie with Charleston and Seton Hill atop the WVC standings with a victory over visiting West Virginia State Saturday. The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the WVC and virtually eliminated them from contention for NCAA Division II play. WVSU entered the game ranked No. 10 in Super Region I, in which the top six qualify for postseason play. GSU’s Jerry Seymour rambled for 204 yards on 35 carries as the Pioneers improved to 6-3 and 5-1. Quarterback James McCants completed 11-of-13 passes for 146 yards and added four rush touchdowns. WVSU, which trailed 37-14 at the half, was led by quarterback Kevin O’Brien, who passed for 282 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions on 23-of-40 passing. O’Brien was ejected from last week’s game against West Liberty and, as a result, was supposed to sit out Saturday’s game. West Virginia State, however, filed an appeal with the WVC, allowing O’Brien to play while the case is pending.
Morehouse 24, No. 9 Albany State 19
For the second straight week the Golden Rams lost, this week to Morehouse at Atlanta. ASU got dominated through the air surrendering 273 yards, while tallying just 69 yards. Senior quarterback, Kisan Flakes, was six of 19 for just 45 yards passing, with one interception; he rushed for 40 yards on eleven carries. Without Brian Porter and Gary Neavins in the backfield, the Rams relied on freshman Kareem Hess to carry some of the load. He ran for 47 yards on 16 carries. Meanwhile, Demetrice Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards. The loss drops ASU to 5-3 (4-3 SIAC) and could keep the Rams from making their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. The Maroon Tigers are now 4-4 (4-3 SIAC).
Morgan State 20, No. 10 Delaware State 3
Devan James ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns and host Morgan State forced four turnovers in a victory over Delaware State on Saturday. James, the leading rusher in the MEAC who averages 125 yards per game, scored a 2-yard run in the first quarter and scored from 5 yards in the fourth. The Bears (5-3, 3-1 MEAC) held DSU to 118 total yards. An interception by Troy Leftwich on Delaware States 30-yard line set up Morgan State’s first touchdown. James ran for 26 yards on the next play, and then scored from the 2-yard line two plays later. The Hornets (4-4, 2-2) did not complete any of its three pass attempts in the first half and had 73 yards rushing. The Hornets did not move the ball inside the 50-yard in the second half. Special teams were not much better as Delaware State returned three punts for 3 yards. Darren McKhan’s interception set up a 5-play, 33-yard drive that ended with James 5-yard run for a 20-3 lead with 6:34 left. James Meade made two, 27-yard field goals for the Bears.
NOTE: No. 5 Grambling State was idle.