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BASN’S HBCU DESK, Vol. VII
BASN’S HBCU DESK, VOL. VII
By Anthony McClean, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus
NEW HAVEN CT (BASN): For the second straight week, the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee will face another strong challenge as they fight for another SIAC crown. This week, Willie Slater’s squad (4-2, 3-0 SIAC) will travel to Tuscaloosa to meet the streaking Tigers of Stillman College (4-2, 3-0) in a battle for first place in the Western Division.
Winners of four straight, Teddy Keaton’s bunch currently boasts one of best offensive teams in all of college football. Stillman leads the SIAC in scoring offense (32.3 points per game), total offense (434.5 yards per outing), rushing offense (204.8 yards per game), pass efficiency (161.2) and first downs (22.3 per game).
They also rank second in the SIAC in kickoff returns (22.9 yards per return).
Leading the offensive charge for the Tigers has been junior quarterback Josh Straughan. Two weeks ago in a 55-16 win against Lane College, Straughan was 17-of-27 passing for 292 yards and a school record six touchdowns.
This past weekend, Straughan connected on 27-of-40 pass attempts (67.5 percent) for 488 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions as they outlasted Benedict 48-36 at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Now the Golden Tigers aren’t slouches on either side of the line as well. They comes into the contest as the SIAC’s second-ranked team in scoring offense averaging 29.7 points per contest. Tuskegee is also allowing 16.2 points per outing – second in the league.
The Golden Tigers are averaging 354.3 total offensive yards per contest while allowing nearly 300 yards per contest (3rd in SIAC). They’re also the second-stingiest defense in the league against the run, allowing 104.7 rushing yards per game.
Stillman is look for its first win against Tuskegee since a 13-9 victory at Cleve L. Abbott Stadium in 2011, their only win against the Golden Tigers in their last nine meetings dating back to 2005. The game, scheduled for a 1 pm CT kickoff, will be shown on the SIAC Digital Network.
BRAVES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK
After falling behind 28-7 last week at Grambling State, the Alcorn State Braves would rally to get within a touchdown of the Tigers. Unfortunately for ASU, it would be the closest they would come as GSU held on to a 28-21 victory handing Jay Hopson’s team (5-2, 3-1) its first SWAC loss.
They’ll return home to Spinks-Casem Stadium Saturday afternoon to meet Texas Southern.
The Braves are averaging 49.0 points per game at home and are holding their opponents to 10 points per game. Texas Southern (5-1, 3-1) comes in ranked 3rd in the SWAC in scoring averaging 31.2 points per game and are holding their opponents to 23.7 points per contest.
Two weeks ago, Darrell Asberry’s squad used a Jay Christophe touchdown in the fourth quarter to outlast Mississippi Valley State 20-16 at BBVA Compass Stadium. TSU has lost six of their last 10 meetings with ASU including last year’s 20-13 loss at Houston.
The Braves lead the overall series at 29-20 with four ties.
OTHER KEY GAMES
N.C. CENTRAL at MORGAN STATE
Following their 48-35 upset victory at South Carolina State, the Eagles (3-3, 2-0 MEAC) look to remain undefeated in league play when they travel to Baltimore to meet Morgan State (3-3, 2-1) for the Bears’ homecoming contest. Two years ago, NCCU spoiled MSU’s homecoming with a late touchdown in a 24-20 win. The battle between first-year coaches Lee Hull of Morgan and NCCU’s Jerry Mack can be heard nationally on the HSRN Radio Network at 1 pm ET.
ST. AUGUSTINE’S at WINSTON-SALEM STATE
The Rams (5-1, 3-0 CIAA) have now rolled off 32 consecutive wins against HBCU opponents, and 27 straight against CIAA teams heading into Saturday’s Throwback Homecoming game against the Falcons (2-4, 2-1) Ironically, it was St. Aug’s in 2010 that handed WSSU its home defeat — a 40-35 win at Bowman Gray Stadium. The game, scheduled for a 1:30 pm ET kickoff, will be shown on the CIAA Network — a joint venture between the Aspire Cable Network and the Urban Sports & Entertainment Group.
NORFOLK STATE at HAMPTON
Two teams looking to bounce back from losses last week will meet at Armstrong Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Pirates fell to North Carolina A&T last Thursday night (31-14) while the Spartans lost at home (13-10 in overtime) to Delaware State. Hampton has won four of the last six meetings in this rivalry (tied at 25-25-1 overall). This year’s “Battle of The Bay” will be shown live at 1 pm ET on ESPN3 and on a tape-delayed basis on ESPNU at 10 pm ET.
VIRGINIA STATE at BOWIE STATE
While Winston-Salem State and Livingstone have gotten most of the headlines in the CIAA this season, the defending Northern Division champion Trojans (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) are right where they want be heading down the stretch. They’re riding a four-game winning streak heading into Bulldog Stadium Saturday against a BSU squad (2-4, 2-1) that’s won two straight after opening the season 0-4. VSU has won the last five meetings and leads the overall series 19-8. The game can be heard nationally on the HSRN Radio Network at 4 pm ET.