HBCU Football Roundup: Week 5

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 26, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Here’s how the teams in the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll fared this weekend. Tennessee State 29, No. 2 Florida A&M 18 Preston Brown rushed for 233 yards and Tennessee State defeated Florida A&M at the Georgia Dome. Brown, who had 28 carries, took a handoff on the second play from scrimmage and raced 71 yards to put the Tigers (2-2) ahead for good. Tennessee State built its lead to 19-0 late in the second quarter after a 15-yard pass from Jeremy Perry to Joseph Hills and field goals of 33 and 32 yards by Jamin Godfrey. Godfrey also added a 37-yarder late in the third quarter to give Tennessee State a 22-6 lead. The Tigers dominated possession with 304 of their 413 yards coming on the ground, as they snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Rattlers (2-2) in the Atlanta Football Classic. Martin Ukpai was 15-for-31 passing for 173 yards and one interception for the Rattlers, as the all-time series between the two teams moved to 25-25-1. No. 3 Winston-Salem State 31, Fayetteville State 14 See L.A. Batchelor’s story with more on the Rams’ victory. No. 4 Grambling State 34, No. 7 Prairie View A&M 17 Frank Warren rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as Grambling State pulled away in the second half to beat Prairie View A&M in the State Fair Classic at Dallas. Warren scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard run in the third quarter to put the Tigers on top 20-17. Grambling (2-1, 2-0 SWAC) added two more scores in the fourth quarter on a 59-yard pass from Anthony Carrothers to Kiare Thompson, and a 66-yard run by Cornelius Walker. Carrothers was 10 of 16 passing for 152 yards. The Tigers piled up another 288 yards on the ground. K.J. Black was 20 of 32 for 247 yards and a TD for Prarie View (1-3, 1-2). His 17-yard pass to Shaun Stephens put the Panthers ahead 17-14 before Grambling scored the final 20 points of the game. Alcorn State 41, No. 5 Alabama State 21 Gabriel Nash ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Alcorn State to a victory over Alabama State. The Braves (3-0, 2-0 SWAC) fell behind early after Devin Dominguez scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to put Alabama State in front 7-0 less than two minutes into the opening quarter. Alcorn State then scored 24 straight points and entered halftime with a 31-14 lead. Brandon Bridge scored on a 57-yard touchdown run, Nash ran for a 12-yard score, Arturo Tamayo kicked a 32-yard field goal and Herve Tonye-Tonye returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown before the Hornets (3-1, 3-1) were able to score again. Terrance Lewis caught a 1-yard pass from Bridge to score the final touchdown of the first half for Alcorn State. Nash also had a rushing score in the third quarter. Bethune-Cookman 21, No. 6 Norfolk State 7 Matt Johnson passed for three first-half touchdowns and the Bethune-Cookman defense made it stand up in a MEAC victory over visiting Norfolk State. Johnson, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 225 yards, gave BCC (3-0, 1-0) the lead by directing a 69-yard, eight-play drive on the opening possession. The points came on a 16-yard pass to Tony Wilson with 12:15 left in the first quarter. Johnson added touchdown passes of 42 yards to Eddie Poole and 11 yards to Randy James before the end of the first half. The Spartans (2-2, 1-1) got on the board with a 1-yard run by Takeem Hedgeman early in the fourth quarter. Norfolk State quarterback Chris Walley led his club offensively by completing 22 of 42 passes for 196 yards. Victor Hairston caught eight of those passes for 83 yards. No. 8 Albany State 28, Savannah State 14 LiRonnie Davis led a dominating rushing attack as Albany State jumped out to an early lead and held off a late push by Savannah State in a victory. The Golden Rams (4-0) led 28-0 with 4:53 to go in the third quarter of the inaugural Rumble in the Swamp Classic at Waycross. Albany State outrushed the Tigers 291-78 with Davis, who finished with 90 yards, scoring first on a 37-yard romp. Kareem Hess added 76 yards, scoring on a 35-yard touchdown, and Robert Welton had 75 yards and a 3-yard touchdown. Savannah State (0-4), which hadn’t faced the Golden Rams since 2004, got on the scoreboard with 1:29 left in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Defilippis to Dylan Cook. Sheldon Barnes’ 5-yard run with 5:41 left made it 28-14. The Tigers regained the ball at their own 28 with 3:45 to go, but Albany State stopped them at the 10. No. 9 Tuskegee 21, Texas Southern 14 Nykeem Barton scored on a 1-yard run with 57 seconds left to give host Tuskegee a win over Texas Southern. Texas Southern (1-3) took over possession on its 3-yard line with 3:20 left and moved the ball out to the 17 before putting it in the hands of Arvell Nelson on second-and-11. Nelson was sacked by Malcolm Crutchfield and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Brandon Mitchell on the Texas Southern 16. Barton then ran for 5 yards three straight times to move the Golden Tigers (3-1) down to the 1. Barton finished with 58 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. The Tigers took a 14-7 lead on Nelson’s 1-yard run early in the second quarter, but Barton’s 5-yard TD tied it with 8:38 left in the half. Martin Gilbert led the Tigers with 121 yards on 19 carries. No. 10 (tie) Morehouse 30, Lincoln (Mo.) 14 David Carter rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown and powered host Morehouse to a win over Lincoln University. At 5-0, the Maroon Tigers are enjoying the best season start since 1930. After surrendering a 99-yard touchdown return on the opening kick, Morehouse settled down and limited the visiting Blue Tigers (1-3) to one touchdown the rest of the way. Carter had the fourth-best rushing total in Morehouse history. His 211 yards trail only John David Washington’s 242 and 234 and Greg Kelley’s 214. Backup quarterback Donnay Ragland went the distance for Morehouse, completing 5-of-12 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown. No. 10 (tie) Jackson State 43, Miss Valley State 7 Casey Therriault threw for four touchdowns and host Jackson State routed Mississippi Valley State. Therriault had 374 yards on 33-for-50 passing, helping the Tigers (3-1, 1-1 SWAC) gain 460 yards of total offense. Therriault started the scoring early on a 5-yard pass to Marcellos Wilder with 11:44 left in the first quarter. The Delta Devils (0-4, 0-2) answered 11 seconds later on Oliver Hughes’ 57-yard touchdown pass to Paul Cox. However, it would be the only time MVSU would find the end zone. The Delta Devils struggled offensively, gaining just 219 yards and converting only 2 of 15 third downs. Ryan Rich put the Tigers up 36-7 on a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Hughes led the Delta Devils with 136 yards and a touchdown on 5-for-19 passing.