HBCU Football Roundup: Week 4

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 19, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Here’s how the teams in the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll fared this weekend. No. 1 South Carolina State 61, Benedict 20 Chris Massey and Asheton Jordan each rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns as South Carolina State routed host Benedict on Saturday. Massey, a senior, had 20 carries for 148 yards and scored on runs of 11 and 2 yards while Jordan, a sophomore, had 14 carries for 126 yards and scored twice from 2 yards out. Jordan came into the game averaging 103.3 yards. The Bulldogs (2-1) had their highest scoring total since beating Morgan State 65-15 in 2005. SCSU rolled up 415 yards total offense, 371 on the ground, before a record crowd of 13,334 in the HBCU Classic. The Tigers (0-4) took a 7-0 lead when Domenic Silvera returned a blocked punt 6 yards for a score, but the Bulldogs needed just 47 seconds to tie the game on Massey’s 11-yard run with 5:33 left in the first quarter. Benedict had six fumbles, losing four. No. 9 (tie) Alabama State 18, No. 2 Prairie View A&M 15 Andrew Lyons nailed a 47-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to lift visiting Alabama State to a win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday. The Hornets (3-0, 3-0 SWAC) were down 7-12 going into the fourth quarter, but Devin Dominguez found Nick Andrews in the end zone with 10 minutes left and then connected with Chad Griffin for the 2-point conversion. The Panthers (1-2, 1-1) later tied it at 15 on a field goal by Brady Faggard from 42 yards with 1:55 left, but ASU drove 34 yards in nine plays after the next kickoff to set up Lyons for the winning field goal. Prairie View held the lead most of the game thanks to a team safety in the first quarter, a 19-yard scoring run by Donald Babers in the second and a field goal by Kyle Mathews in the third. No. 3 Florida A&M 50, Howard 7 Eddie Rocker rushed for two touchdowns and caught a 78-yard scoring pass and visiting Florida A&M capitalized on Howard mistakes in a win on Saturday. The Rattlers (2-1, 2-0 MEAC) scored four touchdowns after an interception, a fumble and two blocked punts. Curtis Holcomb’s interception set up FAMU’s first score, Lavante Page’s 3-yard run. Martin Ukpai’s 78-yard bomb to Rocker made it 14-0, then Howard (0-3, 0-2) freshman Justin Duncan had a 59-yard run to set up his first career touchdown, a 2-yard burst. He finished with a career-high 102 yards. After FAMU cornerback Qier Hall returned a Howard fumble 30 yards, the Rattlers blocked a punt to set up a Page 4-yard touchdown. Rocker scored on rushes of 4 and 18 yards to make it 40-7. Mike Ducree recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to close out the scoring. Albany State 34, No. 4 Tuskegee 6

The visiting Rams crushed the Maroon Tigers to move to 3-0 on the season and in the SIAC. The win also avenged last season’s 21-19 home loss in which the Tigers ended ASU’s undefeated season and went on to win the SIAC title, while the Rams dropped three of their last four to end the season. Stanley Jennings threw three TD passes — two to Octavius Staton and one to Ronnie Childs — and Robert Welton and LiRonnie Davis added rushing scores. he win was also significant because it ended Tuskegee’s 24-game win streak at home dating back to 2004. The last team to beat the Tigers before that streak started?

Albany State.

No. 5 Winston-Salem State 48, Chowan 7 See L.A. Batchelor’s story with more on the Rams’ victory. No. 6 Grambling State 28, No. 8 Jackson State 21 Frank Warren carried 16 times for 256 yards and host Grambling State stopped Jackson State on fourth-and-2 with 6 seconds left in a victory on Saturday night. Warren scored on a 52-yard run with 5:33 left in the third quarter, his second touchdown of the game, to give GSU (1-1) a 21-14 lead over JSU (2-1) in the teams’ SWAC opener. With Grambling State leading 28-14, a 5-yard scoring run by quarterback Casey Therriault brought JSU within 28-21 with 5:46 left. After Grambling State punted to the Jackson State 7 with 2:54 left, Therriault drove his team to the Grambling State 20.

After two incompletions and an 8-yard scramble, his fourth-down pass fell incomplete. Therriault, who came in averaging 344 yards passing per game, completed 29 of 51 for 346 yards. No. 7 Norfolk State 51, Virginia State 28 DeAngelo Branche scored four touchdowns from less than two yards out as host Norfolk State beat Virginia State on Saturday night. Branche scored on the Spartans (2-1) first play from scrimmage on a 2-yard run following a 66-yard punt return from Dwight Fluker-Berry. On their next possession, a 46-yard pass from Chris Walley to Kelvin Lewis gave the Spartans the ball at the Virginia State 1-yard line. Branche scored his second touchdown of the game on the following play. Branche added a 2-yard rushing score in the second quarter and a 1-yard touchdown run in the third. Virginia State’s Antwain Lyde scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter for the Trojans’ (2-1) only score of the first half. Norfolk State led 34-7 at the half and put up 505 yards of total offense in the victory. NOTE: No. 9 (tie) Southern was idle.