HBCU Football Roundup: Week 8

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 17, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Here’s how the teams in the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll fared this weekend. No. 4 Bethune-Cookman 14, No. 1 South Carolina State 0 Androse Bell capped a 15-play, 90-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to seal Bethune-Cookman’s upset victory at South Carolina State in MEAC play. After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats (6-0, 4-0) got on the board with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Maurice Francois to Jevaughn Reams with 4:51 left on the clock before halftime. The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-1) were unable to generate any offense due to their inability to hold on to the football. Malcolm Long threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Reams had five catches for 86 yards and starting quarterback Matthew Johnson threw for 172 yards and one interception on 15-for-27 passing for the Wildcats. Chris Massey rushed for a game-high 123 yards in the loss for South Carolina State. No. 2 Grambling State 38, No. 10 Alcorn State 28 Frank Warren scored five touchdowns, four on the ground, and carried 29 times for 202 yards as host Grambling State defeated Alcorn State in a SWAC game. Warren, who came in as the No. 2 rusher in FCS football, scored at least one touchdown in every quarter, including a 10-yard pass from Danny Reyes that put the Tigers (5-1, 5-0) ahead 21-7 with 37 seconds left until halftime. Warren’s 18-yard scoring run on the opening second-half possession made it 28-7, but Brandon Bridge’s passing kept the Braves (3-3, 2-2) in range. Bridge threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, including two to Ryan Singleton, and finished with 33 completions in 47 attempts for 404 yards but was intercepted twice. Bridge also carried 11 times for 41 yards. The teams combined for 875 yards, 483 by Alcorn State. No. 3 Albany State 27, Benedict College 10 Visiting Albany State would score the first points of the game, early in the second quarter, with a 90-yard touchdown pass from Stanley Jennings to Ronnie Childs. Benedict would answer with an 8-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Bobby Crawford. Albany State would comeback with an 11-play, 81-yard drive of their own that ended with a 2-yard Kareem Hess touchdown run, giving the Golden Rams a 14-7 halftime lead. Late in the third quarter, Benedict’s Andy Polanco would add a 35-yard field goal to make it 14-10 going into the fourth quarter. Albany State would add two late fourth quarter touchdowns, including a 28-yard pass from Jennings to Childs, giving them the win, 27-10. ASU’s Stanley Jennings threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Benedict’s Jeremy Vaugh tied for a game-high nine tackles. Fort Valley State 26, No. 5 Tuskegee 0 Host Fort Valley State got on the board late in the first quarter with a 4-yard run by Tony Reid. After a Tuskegee fumble early in the second quarter, the Wildcats would score again, in two plays, on 1-yard run by Aaron Courtney. Later in the quarter, Eugene Smith would find Demario Barber for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give FVSU a 19-0 halftime lead. Fort Valley State would score the only points of the second half on a 1-yard run by Tony Reid, defeating Tuskegee by a score of 26-0. The Wildcat defense held Tuskegee to 92 yards of total offense led by Ricky Johnson and Courtney Daniel, who both finished seven tackles. Tuskegee’s Brian King finished with a game-high 11 tackles, including eight solos. No. 6 Jackson State 49, Southern 45 Casey Therriault threw five touchdown passes, including a 28-yarder to Rick Richardson with 2 seconds left, as host Jackson State outlasted Southern in a wild SWAC finish. With the Tigers (5-1, 3-1) leading 34-31 with 4:15 remaining, the Jaguars (2-4, 1-3) stopped them on three plays, taking a 38-34 lead on Reed Wilson’s 60-yard punt return with 2:59 left. After Jackson State reached the Southern 5, Therriault threw incomplete on third down, but pass interference created first-and-goal at the 2. B.J. Lee ran it in for a 41-38 Tigers lead at 0:38. On Southern’s next scrimmage play, Jeremiah McGinty hit Wilson for a 73-yard touchdown and a 45-41 Jaguars lead with 19 seconds left. Jackson State got the ball at its 36. An offside penalty and Therriault’s 31-yard pass to Renty Rollins set up the game-winner and a 2-point conversion. No. 7 Winston-Salem State 58, Livingstone College 0 The host Rams (7-2, 5-1 CIAA) got back to their winning ways with a dominating 58-0 win over the Blue Bears (0-8, 0-4). WSSU dominated every aspect of the game with 474 yards of total offense while holding Livingstone to just 109 yards of total offense in their biggest win since 1978 when former Rams head coach and current WSSU Director of Athletics William “Bill” Hayes led the team to a 72-0 win over the Shaw Bears. No. 8 Hampton 7, Norfolk State 6 Antwon Chisholm carried 17 times for 98 yards, including a 7-yard second-quarter touchdown, as host Hampton defeated Norfolk State. Quarterback David Legree completed passes of 30 yards to Javaris Brown and 20 yards to Isiah Thomas on the drive that gave the Pirates (5-1, 4-0 MEAC) a 7-0 halftime lead. The Spartans scored in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by DeAngelo Branche, who gained 132 yards on 25 carries. But Ryan Estep missed the extra point. Norfolk State reached the Hampton 37 later in the period, but Ricardo Silva intercepted Chris Walley’s pass at the 5. In the fourth period, the Spartans twice lost the ball on downs, the second time with 27 seconds left. After Walley drove them to the Hampton 38 with three completions, the drive stalled, and his fourth-down scramble was stopped after 2 yards. No. 9 Morehouse College 38, Stillman College 24 David Carter rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and helped visiting Morehouse get back on the winning track, with a victory over Stillman College (0-6). After a sluggish first half, the Maroon Tigers poured it on in the second half, with 24 points. But it was the defense that kept Morehouse in the game, yielding only 171 total yards. This was the third time this season that the defense has held an opponent to under 200 total yards. In powering Morehouse to a 6-1 record, Carter, a sophomore running back, earned his second 200-plus yards game of the season.