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HBCU 2015 – Week 2
By Anthony McClean, Editor – in Chief, Emeritus
NEW HAVEN (BASN) — For the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University, the early part of their 2015 football schedule will serve as part survival course and part litmus test.
In last week’s opener, Willie Slater’s squad held Clark Atlanta to just 38 yards rushing (net) and 202 yards of total offense in their 26-0 shutout of the Panthers.
They also forced four CAU turnovers, while putting up 312 yards of total offense themselves. Now that they’ve made the grade in their opener, TU will now face two contrasting and equally touch opponents.
Tuskegee (1-0) and Albany State (0-1) will meet in the second annual Whitewater Classic Saturday afternoon at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, with the game not counting toward the conference standings.
Last week, the Golden Rams fell to perennial NCAA Division II power Valdosta State 21-13. The loss spoiled the debut of new ASU head coach Dan Land.
Kick off is scheduled for 5 pm (EST). It’s also marks the third time in the last calendar year that the two favorites to compete in the SIAC Championship game will meet on the gridiron.
The two teams met last year in the Classic, with Tuskegee coming out on top 20-12 behind three big plays. The Golden Tigers were held to just 55 yards rushing and 260 totals yards of offense, although they possessed the ball for 29:30 of the game.
The two teams met again in the SIAC Championship Game, another game that went down to the wire with the Golden Tigers coming out on top 47-41.
This will be the 42nd meeting all-time between these two rivals with the Golden Tigers holding a 22-19-1 advantage in the series. The two have meet eight times since 2006, with Tuskegee holding a 7-1 advantage.
Over the last 20 meetings, Albany State holds a slim 10-9-1 advantage. The game will be webcast only this week on the Tuskegee Sports Network.
And by the way, the road for the Golden Tigers gets even tougher next week. They’ll return home to Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium to take on the Rams of Winston-Salem State University.
WSSU will be looking to bounce back from their season-opening loss to UNC Pembroke as they hit the road again. They be the “home team” Saturday when they meet the Blazers of Valdosta State at Contrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. This is the second straight year these two teams have met at the neutral site for football bragging rights. VSU won last year’s contest, 22-17.
The rivalry between the two schools began when they hooked up in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship Game which was also won by the Blazers.
OTHER KEY GAMES
BETHUNE-COOKMAN at GRAMBLING STATE
Bethune-Cookman stays on the road this weekend, traveling to Grambling, Louisiana for a meeting with Grambling State at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats and Tigers are looking to get on the winning track after suffering losses in both season-openers on the road a week ago. BCC has not traveled to Louisiana since 1987 – the last time they played the Tigers in the Pelican State. All-time against teams from the bayou, B-CU is 9-18, including a 2-11 mark against the G-Men. Against teams from the SWAC, the Cats are 38-31-1. The only losing records against current teams from the SWAC are Southern and Grambling State – both teams from the state of Louisiana. BCC is coming off its first shutout in almost 10 years, suffering a 45-0 setback last weekend at FBS foe Miami. GSU is coming off a 73-14 loss at FBS opponent California.
JACKSON STATE at TENNESSEE STATE
The 50th all-time meeting between these two Tigers will mark this year’s edition of the Southern Heritage Classic. While TSU defeated Alabama State in their opener last week, JSU fell to Middle Tennessee State. Tennessee State has won the last three meetings, including a 35-7 a year ago.TSU holds a 14-11 advantage over JSU at the SHC and a 26-20 overall. The Big Blue won the very first meeting, 49-13 in 1949, as well as the first five meetings, before JSU garnered a 12-6 win in 1961 on its way to a three game win streak.
Southern’s Willie Quinn found the endzone early and often as the Jaguars opened SWAC play with a convincing and thorough 50-13 at Mississippi Valley State Thursday night. In front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN, the 5-5 senior from Miami recorded his fourth career punt return for a TD on a spectacular 39-yard return where Quinn eluded several Valley defenders with an array of stutter steps, spins, and stiff arms, punctuated by a flip into the end zone.
It was only the beginning for Quinn and the Jaguars. Southern sophomore quarterback Austin Howard was 11 of 15 for 109 yards with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Nico Talbert in the second quarter. He also rushed 41 yards on 8 attempts.
Southern running back Lenard Tillery scored the Jaguars’ first two touchdowns with runs of 10 and 14 yards. He had 15 carries for 85 rushing yards.Quinn added a 89-yard touchdown pass to Randall Menard that gave SU a commanding 33-0 before taking a 33-6 lead at halftime.
After Valley scored on the opening drive of the second half, Quinn returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown as SU provided the exclamation point for dominating performance.
Despite beating MVSU by 37 points, Southern had 40 yards less than the Delta Devils with 332 total yards. MVSU had three interceptions.