HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week 13

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 16, 2008

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

No. 2 South Carolina State 32, Morgan State 0

Dewain Clark threw a pair of touchdown passes as South Carolina State defeated host Morgan State Saturday for its second straight shutout. The win clinched SCSU’s first MEAC championship since 2004, and the school’s first outright conference title since 1994. Clark was 11 of 21 for 124 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (9-2, 7-0), and William Ford rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries. SCSU took the lead on a 61-yard punt return by Phillip Adams, then extended it to 12-0 when Clark hit Morris on a 3-yard pass with 11:34 left in the first half. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 18-0 at halftime on Travil Jamison’s 1-yard run. Morgan State (6-5, 4-3) had only two first downs in the first half. South Carolina State continued its onslaught in the second half. On the second play of the third quarter, Morris scored on a 37-yard screen pass and Markus James scored on a 39-yard interception.

No. 4 Prairie View A&M 37, Alcorn State 3

Donald Babers ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns as host Prairie View A&M defeated Alcorn State on Saturday night. Mark Spivey completed 18-of-35 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers built a 23-3 halftime lead. Prairie View (9-1, 6-1 SWAC) recorded its best regular-season finish since 1964, when the Panthers went 9-0.

Jacksonville State 26, No. 5 Tennessee State 21

Calvin Middleton’s 3-yard run with 13 seconds left to play sealed a comeback victory for host Jacksonville State over Tennessee State on Saturday. Middleton’s touchdown run capped an 84-yard possession in the game’s waning minutes that propelled the Gamecocks (8-3, 6-2 OVC) to victory. Daniel Jackson rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries, marking the third-straight game in which he’s accomplished the feat for the Gamecocks. Ryan Perrilloux completed 13 of 21 passes for 119 yards with one interception, adding 50 yards on 11 carries. Antonio Heffner completed 11 of 23 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown, and added 55 yards on the ground for the Tigers (8-3, 5-2). Heffner’s 63-yard pass to JaJuan Spillman opened the scoring, but JSU returned a field goal block for a touchdown to tie the game at 7 after the first. TSU’s Dante Thomas scored from one yard out to open the second, and Middleton did the same to tie the game at 14 before Gavin Hallford’s 48-yard kick as time expired gave the Gamecocks a 17-10 lead at the half. His 36-yard field goal was the only score of the third quarter, extending the Gamecocks’ lead to 20-14. Brandon Belvin recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 21-20 TSU lead to start the fourth, a lead which was washed away by the late JSU comeback.

No. 6 Bethune-Cookman 14, Howard 12

McKinson Souverain and Corey Council each scored a touchdown to help host Bethune-Cookman edge Howard on Saturday. The Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 MEAC) won their fourth straight. Souverain ran for 53 yards for one touchdown and Council returned a punt 55 yards to hand the Bison (1-9, 0-7) their six loss in a row. Howard scored with 1:00 left in the game on Floyd Haigler’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Sherman pass. The Bison could’ve tied the on the two-point conversion, but Haigler’s pass went incomplete. Souverain’s rushing score came with 7:28 left in the game to put the Wildcats ahead 14-6. Council’s score occurred with 11:21 left in the first quarter. Matt McCutcheon’s first of two extra-point kicks made it 7-0. Karlos Whittaker scored Howard’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run with 13:36 left in the fourth quarter. Dennis Wiehberg’s ensuing extra-point try was blocked by Bethune-Cookman’s Travis Roland, giving the Wildcats with a 7-6 lead. Haigler completed 30 of 49 passes for 197 yards and was sacked five times.

Tusculum College 34, No. 7 Albany State 22

Host Tusculum College rallied with 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers defeated Albany State University Saturday afternoon in a first round contest of the 2008 NCAA Division II Playoffs. It was a hard fought battle in adverse weather conditions that included 15 mile per hour winds, bone-chilling temperatures and a mix of heavy rains and hail. The Pioneers (9-3) tied a school record for wins in a season in their first-ever trip to the NCAA postseason. The Golden Rams (No. 5 seed in Super Region II), who were making their sixth straight trip to the NCAA Playoffs, ends their year at 7-4. Tusculum (No. 4 seed in Super Region II) will advance to next Saturday’s second-round match-up against top-seeded Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Trailing 22-14 heading into the final quarter, Harlon Hill Trophy candidate Corey Russell orchestrated three scoring drives, including a pair of touchdown passes and a 41-yard TD run with 1:39 remaining to ice the game. On the day, Russell accounted for 274 passing yards and three TD tosses, while also rushing for 87 yards and two scores. His 361 total offensive yards is his 10th straight 300-yard game, establishing a new Division II single-season record.

No. 7 Southern 15, Alabama State 0

Josh Duran kicked three field goals and Southern held host Alabama State to 152 yards of offense in a victory on Saturday night. Bryant Lee rushed for 81 yards and was 16 of 28 for 147 yards passing for the Jaguars (6-4, 5-1 SWAC), who entered the game leading the SWAC in scoring (31.3 points), total offense (434.4 yards) and passing offense (280.7), but were held to 317 yards. Duran kicked field goals of 25, 29 and 46 yards to give Southern a 9-0 halftime lead. John Malveaux scored on a 15-yard interception return with 8:44 left in the third quarter. ASU (2-8, 2-5) was held to 47 yards on the ground and 105 yards passing. The Bulldogs’ Brandon Dowdell also was picked off four times.

No. 9 Florida A&M 45, Hampton 24

Quarterback Curtis Pulley ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead host Florida A&M to a 45-24 win over Hampton. Pulley also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Isaac West, as the Rattlers (8-3, 4-3 MEAC) scored 35 straight points to overcome an early 10-0 deficit. Philip Sylvester added 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Florida A&M. The Rattlers have won five of their past six games, while Hampton (5-5, 4-3 MEAC) has lost four in a row. Herbert Bynes completed 29 of 61 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns for Hampton. Justin Brown caught 10 passes for 147 yards. Hampton took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Bynes to Brown and a 40-yard field goal by Carlo Turavani. But Pulley cut the lead to 10-7 early in the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run. He scored on a 14-yard run with 1:58 left in the second quarter and followed with a 30-yard touchdown just 55 seconds later.Sylvester gave Florida A&M a 28-10 lead in the third after he scored on a 38-yard run. He also had a 4-yard scoring run in the fourth. The game marked the first time the teams have played since Joe Taylor left Hampton after last season to become FAMU’s coach.Taylor coached the Pirates for 16 years, compiling a 136-49-1 record. Jerry Holmes replaced Taylor at Hampton.