Your BASN guide to HBCU football: Week Five

Updated: September 30, 2016
By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

NEW YORK (BASN) — If Saturday’s State Fair Classic in Dallas is anything like last year’s game, the Cotton Bowl scoreboard may explode trying to keep up with both teams.

Grambling State and Prairie View A&M combined to score 124 points with GSU winning 70-54 in 2015. It was the most combined points since a 55-40 contest in the 1998 Classic, also a win for the Tigers.
Ironically, the Panthers and Tigers are just behind Alcorn State as the SWAC’s second and third highest scoring teams respectively. Last week, GSU handed the Braves their first loss of the season with a convincing 43-18 win.
GSU got a standout performance from quarterback Devante Kincade. Tabbed as the SWAC’s offensive player of the week, the Ole Miss transfer carved up Alcorn’s league-leading pass defense to the tune of 400 yards and five scores on 30-of-42 passing.
He also rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown in the win.
As for the Panthers, they won their ninth straight conference game with a 56-21 win against winless Mississippi Valley State Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium.
Defensive back Terrence Singleton posted seven tackles (four solos) and nabbed a career-high two interceptions in the Panthers’ win. His first pick was taken 44 yards the other way for a score, and in the third quarter, he got his hands on another pass, returning it 19 yards and setting up another PVAMU touchdown.
The Baylor transfer was tabbed as the league’s newcomer of the week for his efforts.
A potential third win in a row by Grambling State over Prairie View on Saturday would be the most since the Tigers rolled off 21 straight wins from 1987 through 2008.
The Panthers (3-1 overall, 3-0 SWAC) and Tigers (2-1, 2-0) are tied in the loss column for the division lead with Southern (2-0) in the tightly contested West.
To look at it from historical terms, when the Panthers broke the 21-game losing skid in 2009, it helped lead PVAMU to their first SWAC crown since 1964. In turn, last year’s loss to kept the Panthers out of the SWAC title game.
What two schools played in the first State Fair Classic in 1925?

In a meeting held by the 12 members of the CIAA’s Board of Directors, a decision was reached to immediately relocate 8 of the 10 North Carolina-based conference championships. Due to time constraints, particularly as they relate to contractual obligations, the 2017 CIAA Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament will remain in Charlotte as relocation would not be in the best interest of the membership and its student-athletes at this time.

The CIAA’s transition, beginning with the relocation of 8 championships, is the first step in demonstrating that the conference does not support laws which prevent communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans. For the 2017 Basketball Tournament, the CIAA will focus its resources to enhance the student-athlete experience in-venue with collaborative efforts aligning with the Charlotte community to highlight diversity, inclusion, youth education, and leadership. The Board will continue its discussion on hosting future championships in North Carolina and whether the tournament will remain after 2017.

The CIAA Board recognizes that a single decision cannot offer a complete solution to a law that prevents communities from effectively protecting student-athletes and fans attending championships and events. The conference intends to increase its educational efforts to eliminate biases that exclude or marginalize any human being, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or physical disability.

The Board’s decision allows the conference to fight against any measures which prevent the fulfillment of its mission to foster inclusive cultures for its student-athletes. With the student-athlete experience in mind, the conference is committed to protecting all of its championship events. Official announcements from the CIAA regarding new championship locations will be forthcoming.

football_photo-e1436545102612OTHER KEY GAMES TO WATCH
A pair of unbeaten teams will square off Saturday at Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium. Although it will be the second meeting all-time between the two teams, it will be the first time the two teams have met while being nationally ranked. Last season, the Golden Tigers were the only ranked team in the affair, however, this season Tuskegee (4-0) is ranked 11th in the latest AFCA Division II poll while UNC Pembroke (4-0) comes in 21st.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for the Wildcats (0-3, 0-1 MEAC), last week’s shocking loss to Savannah State may have taken things to a new level. Terry Sims’ crew will try to get that zero off the win column by hosting an NCCU team (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) that has righted their ship since a 0-2 start. The Eagles have lost six straight to the Wildcats and haven’t beaten BCC since 1994. In last year’s game, NCCU led 26-7 in the third quarter when the Wildcats rallied to go ahead. They then blocked NCCU’s potential game-winning 18-yard field goal try with just 32 seconds left to edge the Eagles 28-26 in Durham.
Coming off their most balanced win of the season, the Golden Bears travel to Albany to take on a struggling Golden Ram squad. Miles (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) forced four Morehouse turnovers and got 96 yards on the ground from Jamarcus Nance in their 31-7 win over the Maroon Tigers.They also forced three turnovers, including one that was run back for a score by Caleb Duncan. ASU gave nationally-ranked West Georgia with its toughest game of the season and was moments away from recording the biggest upset in school history. Despite giving the Wolves fits on both sides of the line, the Golden Rams (1-3, 0-1 SIAC) eventually dropped a 27-23 decision.

North Carolina A&T defeated Hampton 31-9 in the Aggies first MEAC game of the season at Greensboro. Senior running back Tarik Cohen ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns including a 94-yard touchdown run, the longest run from scrimmage in Aggies history. Cohen also broke the school record for most career rushing touchdowns, breaking Stoney Polite’s record of 41. His career mark now stands at 44. Cohen has five 200-yard games in his career and six three-touchdown games.

Additionally, quarterback Lamar Raynard was 15-for-24 for 143 yards and one touchdown.  Hampton’s passing game was effective against N.C. A&T. Pirates quarterback Jaylian Williamson completed 32 passes on 54 attempts for 388 yards and a touchdown. Williamson did throw two interceptions, one in the red zone.

Williamson’s favorite target was Rashawn Proctor who caught 12 passes for 188 yards. The Pirates were hampered by red zone problems, failing to score a touchdown despite making five trips inside the Aggies 20-yard line. N.C. A&T improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MEAC. Hampton dropped to 1-3 and 1-1 in the MEAC.

The Wiley College Wildcats and Langston University Lions played to a 0-0 tie on October 19, 1925, in the first State Fair Classic in Dallas. Both teams met four consecutive years in Dallas before Prairie View A&M replaced Langston in 1929.
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