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HBCU Football Roundup: Week 9
By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 24, 2010
NEW YORK (BASN) — Here’s how the teams in the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll fared this weekend. No. 1 Grambling State 35, Mississippi Valley State 14 Frank Warren rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns as Grambling State beat host Mississippi Valley State at Greenville. Warren carried 29 times and sealed the win for the Tigers (6-1, 6-0 SWAC) with 85- and 39-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter. Danny Reyes passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as GSU had 516 yards total offense. Reyes’ 77-yard touchdown pass to Kiare Thompson gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead, and a 16-yard pass to Ryan Allen put the Tigers up 14-0 with 9:09 left in the third quarter. After the Delta Devils (0-7, 0-5) pulled within 14-7 on Oliver Hughes’ 86-yard touchdown pass to Paul Cox, Reyes led a 14-play, 69-yard drive that ate up 8:32 and ended with his 1-yard touchdown run. Reyes completed 11 of 15 passes for 259 yards, and Bakari Maxwell had four receptions for 126 yards. No. 2 Bethune-Cookman 23, N.C. Central 10 Ryan Lewis returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Matt Johnson gained 56 of his 71 rushing yards in the first quarter, helping Bethune-Cookman to a win over host North Carolina Central in Durham. Johnson had a 25-yard run on the opening drive by the Wildcats (7-0), which ended with Isidore Jackson’s 7-yard touchdown run. The Eagles (2-5) then drove to the BCC 38 before Lewis intercepted Keon Williams’ pass at the 33 and returned it all the way. The linebacker also had two sacks among his seven tackles and forced a fumble. Trailing 14-3 at halftime, NCCU made it 14-10 on Arthur Goforth’s 8-yard run. Johnson responded with a 50-yard pass to Jevaughn Reams on the Wildcats’ next play and hit Eddie Poole for a 7-yard score three plays later to make it 20-10. Johnson completed 13 of 25 for 167 yards. No. 3 Albany State 13, No. 8 Morehouse College 12 After a scoreless first quarter, Byron Ingram hit Derrick Hector for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give the host Maroon Tigers a 6-0 halftime lead. Midway through the third quarter, Morehouse’s Donnay Ragland added a 4-yard touchdown run. Early in the fourth quarter, Stanley Jennings got ASU on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run. With 18 seconds remaining, Stanley Jennings hit Ronnie Childs for a 5-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 10-play, 87-yard drive. Morehouse would drive but the 61-yard field goal attempt by Ian Mullin was missed. ASU’s Childs had seven catches for 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Morehouse’s Derrick Hector had six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. ASU linebacker Ernest Seay had a game-high 11 tackles. No. 4 South Carolina State 10, No. 7 Hampton 7 Blake Erickson kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to clinch a victory for host South Carolina State over Hampton. The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 MEAC) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Chris Massey. The Pirates (5-2, 4-1) tied the score at 7-7 in the third after a 4-yard touchdown run from David Legree. After Legree’s game-tying score, both teams combined for only three first downs until the 10:50 mark of the fourth quarter when SCSU took over possession at its own 33-yard line. The Bulldogs marched 36 yards on 8 plays before their drive stalled at the Hampton 31-yard line. That’s when Erickson kicked his game-deciding field goal with 7:23 remaining to give SCSU the victory. Texas Southern 21, No. 5 Jackson State 18 Marcus Wright ran for 139 yards and a touchdown and Arvell Nelson added 115 rushing yards and two scores as host Texas Southern held off Jackson State in Houston. Wright rushed 26 times while Nelson scored on a 12-yard run and a 1-yarder and passed for 62 yards. Texas Southern (4-3, 4-1 SWAC) finished with 295 yards on the ground while holding Jackson State (5-2, 3-2) to minus-6. JSU’s Casey Therriault threw for 256 yards and connected with Marcellos Wilder on an 10-yard TD pass. Kerry Hoskins had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. No. 6 Winston-Salem State 21, UNC-Pembroke 7 The host Rams (8-1, 5-1 CIAA) defense stole the show in a homecoming win over the Braves (5-3). WSSU’s defense stepped into the forefront as the Rams held the Braves to just one score in the critical victory. Though the WSSU defense allowed 282 yards of total offense and 18 first downs, but unit held the Braves to just one score in the win. Offensively, the Rams played a solid game that saw the unit quietly record 346 total yards. Sophomore quarterback Kameron Smith was especially efficient in the game, connecting on 12-of-21 passes for two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 69 yards rushing. With the win, the Rams managed their first homecoming win since the 2006 season when the team defeated the Howard Bison, 12-0. No. 9 Tuskegee 37, Clark Atlanta 10 After a scoreless first quarter, visiting Tuskegee recorded a team safety to give them an early 2-0 lead. After a field goal by CAU’s Joshua Dubois, Tuskegee’s John Pascley added a touchdown run from 11 yards out. Late in the second quarter, Winston Thompson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Lacey to give CAU a 10-9 halftime lead. Late in third quarter, Tuskegee would retake the lead on a 3-yard run by Nykeem Barton. Tuskegee would add three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 39-yard interception return by Kenneth Baker. Barton finished with 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns. CAU’s Thompson finished with 91 all-purpose yards and a touchdown while Charles Alford finished with eight tackles. No. 10 Saint Augustine’s 34, Johnson C. Smith 24 The visiting Falcons, led by 208 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries by Walter Sanders opened a 21-0 first-quarter lead en route to a victory against J.C. Smith at Irvin Belk Complex. With the win, St. Aug’s (7-1, 5-0 CIAA) stayed atop the Southern Division standings with two regular-season games left. They need two more victories to capture their first division crown and reach the CIAA Championship game for the first time. Sanders, the CIAA rushing leader and the nation’s third-leading rusher, became the school’s first 1,000-yard runner in a season during the modern era. In surpassing the milestone, Sanders gained over 100 yards for the seventh straight game. On defense, linebacker Steven Stanback had another outstanding day with a game-high 10 tackles and one interception.