HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week Seven

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 5, 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 34, Alabama A&M 24

Tuskegee quarterback Jacary Atkinson produced 219 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns Saturday, leading the Golden Tigers to a victory over Alabama A&M in the Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium. Atkinson, an NCAA Division II All-American and the SIAC of the year last season, rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 72 yards and another TD. His rushing total was the sixth-highest in the 25-year history of the annual Classic. Tuskegee (5-0) extended its overall winning streak to 21 straight games. It was the Golden Tigers’ first appearance at the Circle City Classic. Gerald Stockdale was 15-of-25 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns, Ulysses Banks finished with 71 yards rushing and a score, and Nate Baxter had 103 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-4), who dropped to 1-2 in the Classic. Tuskegee pushed a 13-7 halftime lead to 20-10 on Atkinson’s 2-yard scoring run with 11:40 left in the fourth quarter. Atkinson set up the touchdown with a 55-yard quarterback keeper. Following touchdowns by both teams, Alabama A&M cut the deficit to 27-24 on a 35-yard scoring pass from Stockdale to Baxter with 2:25 left. The Golden Tigers answered 29 seconds later with a 52-yard TD run by John Pascley to finish off the scoring.

No. 8 Grambling State 40, No. 2 Prairie View A&M 16

Greg Dillon threw for four touchdowns as Grambling State beat Prairie View A&M on Saturday night in the State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl. Dillon went 15-of-20 passing for 155 yards and was also the Tigers’ leading rusher with 61 yards. Larry Donnell caught two passes, both of them touchdowns for Grambling (4-2, 1-0 SWAC). The Tigers displayed a balanced offense, rushing for 145 yards and throwing for 158. The Tigers held Prairie View to 80 yards rushing. Mark Spivey went 14-of-27 passing for 144 yards and one touchdown to lead the Panthers (4-1, 1-1). He ran for another score. Spivey tossed three interceptions. Donald Babers ran for 65 yards on 23 carries for Prairie View. Grambling opened a 19-9 lead by halftime.

No. 3 Hampton 17, No. 9 Delaware State 14

Herbert Bynes threw a 26-yard touchdown to Justin Brown in the fourth quarter to lift visiting Hampton to a victory over Delaware State on Saturday. On third-and-8 with 3 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the game, Brown caught the pass and fought off four defenders to score for the Pirates (4-1, 3-0 MEAC). Instead of attempting a game-tying field goal from 33 yards out on fourth down with 21 seconds left, Delaware State (1-3, 1-1) went for a touchdown. But Vashon Winton’s pass on Delaware’s final down went incomplete to turn it over on downs. Delaware State went ahead 14-9 on Winton?s 6-yard passing score to Jahmel Bashir with 13:39 to play. Winton also rushed for a score on a 51-yarder in the third quarter that gave the Hornets their first lead, 7-6, with 11:57 remaining. Turavani made his first field goal in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead. His second, with 14:12 left in the half, gave the Pirates a 6-0 lead. Hampton kicker Carlo Turvani made field goals of 42, 19 and 28 yards.

No. 4 Tennessee State 30, Tennessee-Martin 27, OT

Javarris Williams ran 11 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime to lift Tennessee State to a victory over host Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. Williams had 26 carries for 169 yards and the winning score, and also caught two passes for 17 yards for the Tigers (5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Cade Thompson completed 14 of 28 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Skyhawks (4-2, 2-1), who had four turnovers. The Skyhawks opened the scoring on Thompson’s 21-yard pass to Mike Hicks with 12:22 left in the first quarter. It was matched on Dante’ Thomas’ 11-yard run to tie the score at 7-7 at the close of the quarter. Dontrell Miller’s 25-yard interception return, followed by Tom Hansen’s 23-yard field goal, gave Tennessee-Martin a 17-7 lead at the half. Antonio Heffner’s 10-yard touchdown run with 9:27 left in the third, and Eric Benson’s 20-yard field goal seven minutes later, helped the Tigers tie the score at 17-17 going into the final quarter. In the fourth, Brandyn Young scored on a 2-yard run for the Skyhawks and Heffner matched that score with a 1-yard run with 4:04 left to send the game into overtime. Hansen’s field goal put the Skyhawks ahead at 27-24, before Williams won it with his run.

No. 5 South Carolina State 28, No. 6 Florida A&M 21

DeShawn Baker and Will Ford combined for 285 rushing yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead South Carolina State to a win over host Florida A&M. SCSU (3-3, 2-1 MEAC) jumped to a 21-0 lead and led throughout the game as it beat Florida A&M (3-3, 1-2 MEAC) for the fourth straight time. The Bulldogs rushed for 315 yards, with Baker gaining 153 and Ford adding 132. Baker scored on an 11-yard run, while Ford scored on runs of 59 and 24 yards. Albert Chester threw two second-half touchdown passes to Willie Hayward and another to Ronald Wright for the FAMU scores. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Rattlers. SCSU took an early 7-0 lead when Phillip Adams blocked a Florida A&M punt, and Travance Jackson picked up the ball and ran four yards into the end zone. Baker scored his touchdown with 2:18 left in the first quarter, finishing an 84-yard drive. FAMU made a series of errors in the first quarter, giving up the blocked punt, an interception and a fumble and committing 40 yards in penalties. Ford scored his touchdowns in the second half, with the 24-yard run giving SCSU a 28-7 lead with 13:29 left in the game. Chester threw a 17-yard touchdown to Wright and a 28-yard touchdown to Hayward in the closing minutes.

No. 7 West Virginia State 41, Concord 7

West Virginia State (5-0, 3-0 WVC) remained unbeaten as the Jacket defense forced six turnovers in a homecoming victory versus Concord (0-6, 0-4). WVSU’s efficient offense accounted for 435 yards, 261 through the air via quarterback Kevin O’Brien. Brian Mitchell chipped in 121 rush yards and two touchdowns. Fabian Payne also had a pair of rushing touchdowns for WVSU. Deonta Landis was O’Brien’s favorite target with nine catches good for 93 yards. Jermain King made seven receptions for 74 yards. The Jackets broke a scoreless tie late in the first quarter with a pair of scores in 17 seconds. Craig Wissler got WVSU on the board with a 45-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the quarter. Joseph Clark’s 41-yard interception return gave the Jackets a 10-0 lead after one quarter. Concord averted the shutout on Jeff Melhaff’s 90-yard fourth quarter interception return for a score. Thomas Mayo led the CU attack with five receptions for 47 yards. Freshman Chandler Tyree was in on a game-high 14 tackles.

No. 10 Albany State 35, Stillman College 14

The host Golden Rams (4-1, 3-1 SIAC) got back on the winning track after beating Stillman College Saturday afternoon. The ASU offense had their most balanced effort this season, rushing for 241 yards and passing for 210 more. Quarterback Kisan Flakes accounted for 153 yards total offense (93 passing, 60 rushing) and three touchdowns. Flakes converted a 22-yard shovel-pass play to Brian Porter and then rushed for touchdowns of 20 and 40 yards later in the game. The Rams, who led, 7-0 after Flakes’ shovel pass to Porter, then scored 21 points in the second to put the game out of reach. For Stillman (1-5, 1-4), it was their fifth loss in a row.