HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Nine

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 19, 2008

FAMU Tubas NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Here’s how teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 HBCU Football poll fared this weekend.

No. 1 Tuskegee 33, No. 6 Albany State 20

>The undefeated Golden Tigers scored twice within five seconds in the final quarter to down visiting Albany State in front of 9,143 fans at Abbott Memorial Stadium. The victory was Tuskegee’s 23rd in a row, boosting the Tigers to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the SIAC. TU responded to a game-tying TD by the Golden Rams (5-2, 4-2) midway through the fourth quarter with a 60-yard scoring drive and then Michael Henley pounced on a fumble in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff to ice the game with 2:49 left. After ASU tied the game at 20 when Kisan Flakes threw 8 yards to Larry Johnson with 7:01 left in the game, the Rams were called for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration. The Tigers pushed Juan Bongarra back 15 yards for the PAT and it sailed just wide left. The Tigers put together scoring drives of 75, 91, 63 and 60 yards against the SIAC’s No.1 defense and overcame 11 penalties.

No. 2 Hampton 35, Norfolk State 17

Host Hampton used an 80-yard pass from Herb Bynes to ex-Tennessee running back LaMarcus Coker to break open its victory over Norfolk State on Saturday. The third-quarter touchdown came after the Spartans (2-5, 1-3 MEAC) had pulled within 21-14. The Pirates (5-1, 4-0) wouldn’t let Norfolk St., which pulled off a 20-19 upset last season in the 46-year-old series known as the Battle of the Bay, get any closer. The victory moved Hampton one-half game ahead of idle South Carolina State, and set up a conference showdown with the Bulldogs next week in Orangeburg, S.C. The Pirates also scored on a 60-yard punt return from Jeremy Gilchrist, who came into the game averaging 18.8 yards per return after leading the nation with 19 yards per return last season, and a 70-yard catch from Florida State transfer Damon McDaniel. The Spartans needed just three plays on the opening possession of the third quarter to pull within 21-14 on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dennis Brown, who threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, to Jamar Johnson. But Hampton stretched its lead to 14 points when Bynes, who threw for 264 yards and three scores, avoided a blitz and found Coker. Down 28-17 in the fourth quarter, the Spartans’ hopes ended when Brown was intercepted in the end zone by the Pirates’ Rasoul Wilson.

No. 3 Tennessee State 37, Austin Peay 34

Eric Benson kicked a 29-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift host Tennessee State to a victory over Austin Peay on Saturday night. Benson’s field goal helped hold off an upset bid from Austin Peay (0-7, 0-4 OVC), which rallied from a 27-12 halftime deficit to tie the game at 34 on P.R. Morris’ 11-yard interception return with 11:18 remaining in the game. Javarris Williams rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Tennessee State (6-1, 3-0). His 3-yard touchdown run gave the Tigers a 34-20 lead with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter. Theo Townsend, who had 27 carries for 150 yards, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to pull the Governors to 34-27 with 3:20 left in the third before Morris’ interception return tied it. Austin Peay’s T.C. Jennings was 12-for-17 for 167 yards and two touchdown passes. He threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Adrian Mines and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jon Sanders. Mines finished with six catches for 97 yards. Tennessee State’s Antonio Heffner had seven carries for 72 yards and was 7 of 12 for 108 yards. Benson also kicked field goals of 26 and 31 yards.

No. 5 Grambling State 27, Alabama State 7

Greg Dillon accounted for 327 total yards and two touchdowns to spark host Grambling State to a win against Alabama State on Saturday. Dillon completed 17 of 30 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, adding 147 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Tigers (6-2, 3-0 SWAC). Larry Donnell also had 54 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. The Tigers outgained the Hornets (1-5, 1-2) 409-169 in the game. Luis Leal hit a 35-yard field goal in the opening quarter, and Dillon hit Donnell on a 13-yard pass to give Grambling State a 10-0 lead with 8:02 remaining in the second. Seven minutes later, Frank Warren’s 1-yard scoring run gave the Tigers a 17-0 halftime lead. Anthony Speight’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Andrews cut the Hornets’ deficit to 10 points to open the third, but Leal’s 44-yard field goal and Dillon and Donnell’s 24-yard connection put the game away in the final quarter.

No. 7 Prairie View A&M 15, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0

Donald Babers ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead Prairie View A&M to a victory Saturday over host Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Babers, a junior running back, scored early in the first quarter off a 1-yard run. Prairie View (6-1, 3-1 SWAC) forced a safety on Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7, 0-3) in the second quarter. Near the close of the half, Babers scored again off a 3-yard run. The Golden Lions blocked the point-after attempt, but failed to find any offensive momentum. Panther kicker Kyle Mathews missed two field goal attempts. Prairie View quarterback Mark Spivey completed 12 of his 23 passes for 101 yards. The Golden Lions, however, had little luck in the air or on the ground.QB Gvona Turner completed only five of his 15 attempted passes for 49 yards. Mickey Dean saw his only attempted pass picked off. Arkansas-Pine Bluff rushed for only 49 yards in the loss.

No. 9 Florida A&M 52, No. 8 Southern 49

Curtis Pulley accounted for four touchdowns to help Florida A&M beat host Southern on Saturday night. Pulley completed 13 of 17 pass for 172 yards and an interception for the Rattlers (5-2). He also rushed for 118 yards on the ground on 15 attempts. The Jaguars (4-3) took a 35-31 lead in the third quarter Bryant Lee scored on a 2-yard run. But LeRoy Vann later scored on a 66-yard punt return to give Florida A&M a 38-35 lead with 1:47 left in the third. Pulley caught a 41-yard touchdown from Kevin Elliott to push the Rattlers’ lead to 45-35 in the fourth. Southern trimmed the margin to three points when Lee connected with Del Roberts on a 76-yard touchdown pass, but the Jaguars pulled no closer. Florida A&M backup quarterback Eddie Battle threw for 101 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Smith caught six passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Lee completed 25 of 42 passes for 407 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Southern. He also had 64 yards on the ground.

No. 10 West Virginia State 34, West Liberty 24

Host West Virginia State (6-1, 4-1 WVIAC) scored the game’s final 13 points in a victory against West Liberty (4-4, 3-2). A 5-yard Patrick Ryan to Jermain King gave the Jackets the lead for good with 7:24 left in the game. Fabian Payne’s one-yard plunge at the 5:46 mark add the insurance for WVSU. Payne rushed 20 times for 91 yards and two scores in place of injured starter Brian Mitchell. Kevin O’Brien completed 14 of 24 passes for 158 yards before leaving the game late in the first half. Ryan hit on 5-of-7 throws in his relief role. Landon Johnson returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score in the third quarter after West Liberty had taken a 17-14 lead. West Liberty, which was in a tie 14-14 game at the break, held a 419-383 edge in total offense. Zach Amedro completed 22 of 39 passes for 266 yards. Branden Ore chipped in with 139 rush yards and two scores on 20 carries. Andrew Eggleton provided West Virginia State with a key fourth quarter interception. William Jackson had two sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for the Jackets. Topper linebacker Clay Beeler had a game-best 14 stops.

NOTE: No. 4 South Carolina State was idle.