HBCU Football Roundup: Week 6

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 3, 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 19, No. 5 Florida A&M 0 Blake Erickson kicked four field goals as South Carolina State opened MEAC play by shutting out host Florida A&M. The Rattlers (2-3, 2-1) had not been shut out at home since losing to Tuskegee 23-0 in 1987. Erickson, a junior, was 4-for-4, kicking a field goal in each quarter at distances of 39, 39, 41 and 42 yards. Quarterback Malcolm Long, who was 21-for-33 for 206 yards with one interception, scored on a 1-yard burst before Erickson’s final field goal. The Bulldogs rolled up 409 yards while holding Florida A&M to 106 yards, 48 on the ground. South Carolina State, the two-time defending MEAC champs, have won a record 20 straight league games and nine in a row over the Rattlers (2-3, 2-1). The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 124-20 in three wins since losing to Georgia Tech 41-10 in their season opener. No. 2 Grambling State 25, Alabama A&M 22 Frank Warren ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and Kenneth Batiste returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score as Grambling State remained undefeated in SWAC conference play with a win at Alabama A&M. The Tigers (3-1, 3-0) led 25-14 in the fourth quarter after a 25-yard field goal from Zoltan Riazzo, but a 29-yard touchdown pass from Deaunte Mason to G’Alonzo Milton and a two-point conversion pulled the Bulldogs to within three points, 25-22. Alabama A&M (2-3, 1-2) got the ball back at its own 15-yard line with 1:36 remaining in the game, but the Bulldogs failed to score. Batiste’s kickoff return for a touchdown gave Grambling State a 19-13 lead in the second quarter. Warren also caught two passes for 75 yards, including a 66-yard catch that led to the Tigers’ first touchdown of the game. No. 3 Winston-Salem State 49, Johnson C. Smith 3 The visiting Rams crushed conference rival J.C. Smith at Memorial Stadium to improve their record to 6-0 (4-0 CIAA). The WSSU defense sparkled early, turning back two early Golden Bulls drives in the shadow of the Rams’ end zone. The offense then kicked into gear, scoring 21 second-quarter points to take a 28-0 halftime lead that put the game out of reach. The Rams’ which rejoined the CIAA after four years in Division I, shook off an early challenge by J.C. Smith (1-4, 0-2 CIAA) to pull away by halftime. No. 4 Albany State 43, Lane College 13 LiRonnie Davis caught two touchdown passes and Robert Welton rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Golden Rams to a victory over the Lane College Dragons. Before a crowd of 4,889 fans at the Coliseum, Albany State improved to 5-0 overall (4-0 SIAC) while Lane drops to 0-5 (0-4). The Golden Rams got off to an early start, scoring two back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter. On Lane’s first possession, the ASU “Dirty Blue” defense forced a turnover on downs and the Rams took over on the Dragon five yard line. Welton dashed in and freshman kicker Brandon Hamilton’s PAT gave the Rams a 7-0 lead on a two-play drive that took just 14 seconds off the clock. On ASU’s next possession, junior quarterback Stanley Jennings connected with Davis on 65-yard pass on another two-play drive in 54 seconds. Hamilton’s PAT gave the Rams a 14-0 lead with 6:58 in the first quarter. ASU held a 14-7 halftime lead and took control of the game in the third quarter. No. 6 Tuskegee 51, Miles College 0 There wasn’t much suspense for host Tuskegee against Miles College as the Golden Tigers jumped to a quick start and rolled to a win at Cleve Abbott Stadium. Quarterback Josh Harris and receiver Antoine Mitchell had already hooked up for two touchdown plays by the end of the first quarter, and the Tigers (4-1, 3-1 SIAC) never looked back. It was Tuskegee’s first shutout of the season and their largest margin of victory since beating Clark Atlanta by the same score in 2007. Miles (2-4, 2-3 SIAC) only produced 102 yards of offense and had more penalties (eight) than first downs (six). The Golden Bears never got into the red zone. Mississippi State 49, No. 9 Alcorn State 16 Vick Ballard rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns, leading host Mississippi State to a victory over Alcorn State. Mississippi State (3-2) dominated from the start, opening with an eight-play touchdown drive. The Bulldogs led 35-16 at halftime. Alcorn State (3-1) scored all 16 of its points in the second quarter. The Braves moved the ball efficiently with 330 total yards and 16 first downs, but were 5-for-15 on third-down conversions and struggled deep in Mississippi State territory. The Bulldogs racked up 566 yards of total offense, plus another 153 yards and a touchdown on three Leon Berry kickoff returns. Chad Bumphis made nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State starting quarterback Chris Relf completed 11 of 15 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman backup Tyler Russell was 8-for-14 for 127 yards and an interception. Alcorn State quarterback Brandon Bridge completed 13 of 24 passes and rushed for 103 yards. He rushed for a 78-yard touchdown and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Singleton to pull the Braves within eight points at 21-13. But the Bulldogs’ offense and special teams couldn’t be stopped. No. 10 Tennessee State 37, North Carolina A&T 7 Dante Thomas rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Preston Brown ran for 145 yards and a score as Tennessee State beat North Carolina A&T in the Circle City Classic. In a game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Tigers (3-2) broke a four-game losing streak against the Aggies (0-5). Tennessee State outgained North Carolina A&T 521-213 and took control of the game in the third quarter. After a Tigers interception, Thomas ran 23 yards for a touchdown to make the score 24-7. Another Thomas TD, a 1-yarder, gave Tennessee State a 24-point cushion as the quarter ended. NOTE: No. 7 Morehouse and No. 8 Jackson State were idle.