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HBCU Football Roundup: Week 3
Southern Mississippi 34, No. 1 Prairie View A&M 7 The host Golden Eagles bounced back on offense after struggling last week in a win over Prairie View. After a lackluster performance against South Carolina in a 41-13 loss, Southern Miss (1-1) rolled up 464 yards of total offense. This was the largest margin of victory for USM since a 52-0 win over Alcorn State in 2009. The Southern Miss defense, which allowed 449 yards against South Carolina, held the Panthers (1-1) to 211 yards of total offense to help the Golden Eagles advance to 4-0 all-time against SWAC opponents.
No. 2 S.C. State 44, Mississippi Valley State 0 Chris Massey and Jordan Asheton rushed for two touchdowns each Saturday as host South Carolina State beat Mississippi Valley State. SCSU (1-1) held the Delta Devils (0-2) to 44 yards total offense, minus-9 rushing, as the Bulldogs recorded five sacks. Massey, who rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries, scored on the Bulldogs’ first play on offense after the Delta Devils turned the ball over on downs at their 28. He scored again after Lennel Elmore blocked a punt and Dawan Thompson returned it to the Mississippi Valley 5. Asheton, the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 77 yards on 12 carries, scored on 3- and 1-yard runs.
No. 3 Florida A&M 17, Delaware State 14 Martin Ukpai threw two touchdown passes, including a 50-yard passing score to put Florida A&M ahead for good in a win over host Delaware State. DSU pulled ahead 14-10 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Jaashawn Jones with 12:24 left in the third quarter. Hornets quarterback Anthony Glaud ran to convert the two-point conversion. But Ukpai, who completed 12 of 27 passes for 161 yards, connected with Brian Tymes on a 50-yard touchdown pass about a minute later. FAMU (2-0, 1-0 MEAC) held Delaware State (1-1, 0-1) scoreless the rest of the way.
Arkansas-Monticello 31, No. 4 Southern 7 Johnny Polite rushed for two touchdowns and Jywin Ceasar scored on a 94-yard punt return to help Arkansas-Monticello beat host Southern. The Boll Weevils (1-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on Polite’s 2-yard rushing score, Ceasar’s punt return for a touchdown and a 1-yard touchdown by Nakita Myles. Scott Buisson led UAM with 101 yards rushing on 13 carries. He also completed 9 of 15 passes for 164 yards. Southern (1-1) was held to minus-22 yards rushing on 24 attempts, led by Gary Hollimon’s 19 yards on the ground and his touchdown in the third quarter. The Jaguars finished with 117 yards of total offense.
No. 5 Tuskegee 41, Stillman 15 Antoine Mitchell had three catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns while Stephen Freeman had nine rushes for 77 yards and a score to help visiting Tuskegee win their SIAC opener, defeating Stillman (0-2, 0-2). Mitchell had a 19-yard touchdown reception from Joshua Harris and a 51-yard TD pass play from Jeremy Williams. On defense, Isaiah Person led Tuskegee (2-0, 1-0 SIAC) with six tackles, Danny Anderson had two sacks and Ronald Smith had two interceptions.
Elon 55, No. 7 Shaw 26 Scott Riddle passed for three touchdowns as host Elon scored touchdowns on six of seven first-half possessions and went on to defeat Shaw. Riddle became the Southern Conference’s all-time passing leader as he completed 21 of 24 passes for 244 yards. With 10,588 career passing yards, Riddle surpassed the 10,392 yards of Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State, 2006-09). Elon (1-1) took a 42-13 halftime lead as Riddle threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Scott Eastman, and 8 and 41 yards to Aaron Mellette. Kevin Atkins rushed for one touchdown and passed for one for Shaw (1-1).
Jackson State 33, No. 8 Tennessee State 26 Casey Therriault threw four touchdowns to lead Jackson State to a win over host Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic at Memphis. TSU had a chance to tie the score on a first-and-goal from the Jackson State 2-yard line, but an incomplete pass from Jeremy Perry as time expired sealed the victory for Jackson State. JSU (2-0) held a 21-7 lead in the third quarter, but a 24-yard field goal from Jamin Godfrey followed by a safety and a 2-yard touchdown run from Dante’ Thomas pulled Tennessee State to within two points, 21-19. TSU running back Preston Brown rushed for a game-high 218 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 9 Winston-Salem State 34, N.C. Central 27 Kameron Smith threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game with 1:34 left Saturday as WSSU came back to beat host North Carolina Central. Tehvyn Brantley caught a 31-yarder from Smith to complete a comeback from a 27-20 deficit. Smith threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Tyrone Goldston to tie the game with 8:22 left. Winston-Salem State (3-0) led 20-6 with 3:58 left in the third quarter. North Carolina Central (1-1) tied the game at 20-20 on Arthur Goforth’s 97-yard kickoff return and Tim Shankle’s 1-yard run.
No. 10 Norfolk State 23, North Carolina A&T 14 DeAngelo Branche rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown and Dwight Fluker-Berry scored on a 50-yard fumble return as host Norfolk State defeated North Carolina A&T. With Branche carrying the ball 38 times, the Spartans (1-1, 1-0 MEAC) had 195 yards on the ground while holding the Aggies (0-2, 0-1) to 31 yards rushing.
NOTE: No. 6 Grambling State was idle.