HBCU Weekend Wrapup: Week 14

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 23, 2008

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

No. 2 South Carolina State 55, North Carolina A&T 0

Will Ford rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead South Carolina State to a victory over host North Carolina A&T on Saturday. Ford captured the MEAC rushing title with 1,482 yards this season, and the Bulldogs (10-2, 8-0) finished the regular season with three consecutive shutouts. They have clinched an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Travil Jamison rushed for 56 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who held the Aggies (3-9, 1-7) to 41 yards of offense, including minus-5 yards passing. Malcolm Long was 12 of 19 for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Phillip Adams returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown for SCSU, who had 511 yards of offense. Phillip Morris, who had four receptions for 84 yards, and Matt Washington caught touchdown passes from Long.

Murray State 24, No. 6 Tennessee State 17

Jeff Ehrhardt threw three touchdown passes to help host Murray State hold off Tennessee State on Saturday. Ehrhardt completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards with two interceptions for the Racers (5-7, 4-4 OVC), who pulled out the win despite being outgained 323-249 by the Tigers (8-4, 5-3). He hit Daniel Ard on a 9-yard touchdown strike to put his team up 10-0 with less than 10 minutes to go in the half. Antonio Heffner hit JaJuan Spillman on a 15-yard score to pull within three points, but Ehrhardt connected with DeAngelo Nelson on a 9-yard score to give the Racers a 17-7 halftime lead. Dominic Grooms relieved Heffner in the second half and hit Dominic Grooms on a 10-yard pass to pull the Tigers back within three with 9:34 left in the third, but Ehrhardt’s 30-yard scoring connection to Marcus Harris put the game out of reach. Eric Benson hit a 22-yard field goal at the end of the third for the Tigers, but they were held scoreless in the fourth.

No. 7 Florida A&M 58, No. 5 Bethune-Cookman 35

Curtis Pulleyaccounted for four touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a win over Bethune-Cookman in the 29th Florida Classic at Orlando on Saturday. Pulley rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries and passed for 125 yards to help the Rattlers (9-3, 5-3 MEAC) improved their record from last year’s 3-8 mark under first-year coach Joe Taylor. Phillip Sylvester ran for 93 yards and two TDs on 24 carries for FAMU. McKinson Souverain ran for 107 yards on 20 carries, scoring on runs of 27, 3 and 2 yards for the Wildcats (8-3, 5-3). He also passed for 103 yards, including 40 yard touchdown pass to Phillip Kirkland late in the fourth quarter. FAMU’s Trevor Scott booted field goals from 37, 32 and 26 yards. The Rattlers led 31-0 with 6:51 to play in the second quarter before the Wildcats scored on two short runs by Souverain. But LeRoy Vann’s 83-yard kickoff return extended Florida A&M’s lead to 38-13 with 4:28 left. Bethune-Cookman got within 10 points, 38-28, in the first minute of the third quarter after Souverain’s third TD, but FAMU scored 20 unanswered points to seal the victory.

NOTE: No. 2 Grambling State defeated Texas Southern 33-7 on Thursday night.