HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week 11

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 2, 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 42, Clark Atlanta 20

Jacary Atkinson threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns in Tuskegee’s win over host Clark Atlanta. The senior quarterback directed the Golden Tigers (9-0, 8-0 SIAC) to three touchdowns in the last 3:26 of the first half to turn the game into a romp. Clark (5-5, 4-4) had taken a 14-7 lead with 14:29 left in the second quarter when Cedric Johnson scored on an 11-yard quarterback draw. Atkinson then drove TU 96 yards in five plays, tying the game with 1:32 left on a 15-yard throw to Antoine Mitchell. After an interception, Atkinson scored on a 6-yard keeper and the two-point run to give Tuskegee a 22-14 lead with 25 seconds left. Clark fumbled the kickoff, and Atkinson scored two plays later on a 16-yard keeper to make it 28-14. Atkinson now has 2,086 yards and 18 touchdowns passing and 644 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing this season.

No. 2 Grambling State 35, Mississippi Valley State 14

Greg Dillon rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown and threw for two more scores to lead Grambling State to a victory over host Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Dillon, who was 11 of 20 for 151 yards, helped the Tigers (7-2, 4-0 SWAC) take a 28-14 halftime lead and roll up a season-high 512 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 35 and 11 yards to Kiare Thompson in the second quarter, and added a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left in the game. Dillon has passed for more than 150 yards and rushed for more than 130 yards in consecutive games. Paul Roberts was 39 of 58 for 396 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Miller for Mississippi Valley State (2-6, 0-4). Roberts also scored on a 10-yard run. Cornelius Walker added 70 yards on nine carries for the Tigers, who held the Delta Devils to 15 yards rushing.

No. 3 South Carolina State 23, Delaware State 14

Malcolm Long threw two touchdown passes, and South Carolina State withstood a second-half rally to hold off host Delaware State on Saturday. Long’s touchdown passes of 7 and 48 yards to Octavius Darby pushed the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-0 MEAC) to a 16-3 halftime lead. After Delaware State’s Jerome Strums intercepted Long late in the third quarter, the Hornets (3-5, 3-3) mounted a second-half rally against the conference’s only remaining unbeaten team. Erick Jones caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Vashon Winton with 52 seconds in the third quarter for the Hornets, and Jaashawn Jones also scored on a 3-yard run to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 23-17 with 8:44 to play. But SCSU ended the threat when it held off Delaware State’s final drive with less than two minutes to play. On a fourth down from the Bulldogs’ 48, Winton’s pass to Darius Jackson fell incomplete.

Winston-Salem State 35, No. 5 Hampton 30

WSSU built a 25-point third-quarter lead and then held off host Hampton for a victory on Saturday. Jarrett Dunston scored three touchdowns and the Rams (2-6) nearly tripled their scoring average of 12 points to give coach Kermit Blount his 89th win, tying him for most in school history. The Pirates (5-3) lost their second straight game. David Irizarry returned a missed 50-yard field goal attempt 100 yards for a 14-3 first-quarter lead, then sealed the win with a fourth-quarter interception of Herb Bynes, who threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns, both to Justin Brown, came less than five minutes apart in the fourth quarter as Hampton cut a 25-point deficit to 35-30. But a 2-point conversion failed, and Bynes was picked off on Hampton’s next drive. The Pirates got the ball back with 34 seconds left, but Bynes was sacked to end the game. Dunston helped WSSU build a 35-10 lead by scoring on two 1-yard runs in the second quarter and on a 20-yard run in the third.

No. 6 Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 14

Javarris Williams rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Tennessee State to a victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night. Williams has 117 rushing yards or more in five of his past six games, and has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season for the Tigers (7-2, 4-1 OVC). He scored on a 4-yard run for a 7-0 lead and added a 5-yard run to increase TSU’s lead to 21-7 with 2:57 left in the second quarter. Tennessee Tech (3-7, 1-5) was hampered by a Tigers defense that notched three sacks and two interceptions. TSU’s Dominic Grooms was 15 of 19 for 138 yards and two touchdown passes, and also scored on a 1-yard run in his first start of the season at quarterback. He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jajuan Spillman and a 6-yarder to Chris Johnson, who had five catches for 60 yards.

No. 8 Morgan State 13, No. 7 Florida A&M 10

James Meade kicked a 39-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to lift Morgan State to a win over host Florida A&M on Saturday. Meade’s kick gave Morgan State (6-3, 4-1 MEAC) its fourth consecutive victory. The Bears’ Devan James rushed for 99 yards, scoring on a 4-yard run in the second quarter, to increase his season’s total to 1,077 yards. Morgan State held Florida A&M (6-3, 2-3) to 137 yards, including 1 yard in the fourth quarter. FAMU’s Eddie Battle was 8 of 14 for 84 yards as the Rattlers’ three-game winning streak came to an end. Morgan State never trailed, taking a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the first quarter on Meade’s 40-yard field goal. After James’ touchdown gave the Bears a 10-0 lead, Florida A&M scored on a 3-yard pass from Pulley to Mykel Benson with 23 seconds left in the first half. Florida A&M’s Trevor Scott kicked a 37-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the third quarter to tie the score. The Rattlers had a chance to take the lead later in the quarter, but Scott’s 43-yard field goal was nullified by a holding penalty. Meade’s game-winning field goal came at the end of an 11-play, 41-yard drive.

No. 9 Southern 31, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24 (2OT)

C.J. Byrd scored on a 3-yard run in the second overtime to lift host Southern to a victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night. Byrd’s score held up as Southern’s Gary Blackmon intercepted Gyona Turner on Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s next possession to end the game. Warren Matthews threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Juamorris Stewart and ran for an 8-yard touchdown for the Jaguars (5-4, 4-1 SWAC). Matthews finished with 139 yards passing and 48 on the ground. Martell Mallett rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8, 1-4). Stewart Franks scored on an 89-yard punt return and Mallett scored on a 40-yard run to give the Golden Lions a 21-14 lead with 6:53 left in the third quarter. Southern tied the game on Matthews’ 8-yard run on the last play of the third quarter. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Carlos Reyes kicked a 38-yard field goal in the first overtime, and Southern’s Josh Duran matched it with a 27-yard field goal. Turner and Jonathan Moore combined to complete only three passes in 21 attempts with four interceptions.

No. 10 Albany State 31, Fort Valley State 7

The Rams, behind quarterback Kisan Flakes, won the Fountain City Classic at Columbus, Ga. for the seventh straight time and clinched a winning season while improving to 6-3 (5-3 SIAC) before a near-capacity crowd at McClung Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats’ four-game winning streak came to an end as they dropped to 5-5 (5-3). Flakes was 18-for-19 with 269 yards and four touchdown passes while also adding 71 rushing yards on 14 carries. He was named Albany State’s Fountain City Classic MVP as ASU nearly doubled FVSU in time of possession, 39:52 to 20:08. Linebacker Trenton Newton was named Fort Valley State’s MVP after compiling 14 tackles, including seven solo stops. He had five more tackles than any other Wildcats player.

NOTE: No. 4 Prairie View A&M (7-1) was idle.