SWAC Week 3 Recap
Alabama State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Isaiah Crowell rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive game to power Alabama State University over Arkansas-Pine Bluff for a 40-39 win on Saturday at Golden Lion Stadium.
Crowell rushed for 161 yards from 29 attempts and two touchdowns while keying a fourth-quarter comeback.
ASU (1-2, 1-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter with Malcolm Cyrus complementing Crowell in the backfield, adding 82 yards and a touchdown.
“This is college football and it’s an exciting game,” ASU coach Barlow said. “I am excited for our kids and the way they came back tonight. These kids have been fighting and we’ve had some adversity, but our guys have bought in and continue to practice hard every day and we are proud of them for that.”
Daniel Duhart finished 19-of-22 for 200 yards and two scores for the Hornets. Earl Lucas gathered seven receptions and a touchdown with DeMario Bell racking up 102 yards on six catches. Jamel Johnson also hauled in a score for his only reception of the day.
Kourtney Berry totaled 15 tackles, one interception and a sack for the Hornets. Najee Bright followed with 10 tackles.
UAPB (0-3, 0-1) led by nine in the fourth quarter but could not overcome special teams miscues. The Golden Lions had two missed extra points, a missed field goal, and a botched punt snap deep in its own territory that put the Hornets in great position to score their go-ahead touchdown.
The Golden Lions outscored the Hornets, who only mustered a Bobby Wenzig field goal, by 10 in the second quarter as ASU took a 24-13 lead into the break. UAPB would dominate the third quarter scoring 19 points. UAPB led 32-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Benjamin Anderson led UAPB throwing 23-of-38 for 291 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Jeremiah Young finished with 70 yards on the ground with two touchdowns oon 18 carries.
Young hooked up with Anderson on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 9:42 remaining to give the Golden Lions a 39-30 edge.
Isaiah Ferguson finished with four receptions for 115 yards. Dexter Bryant, Brandon Kensey, and C.J. Branch added touchdowns.
Defensively, Jer-Ryan Harris gathered 16 tackles, Antonio Jenkins finished with 15 including two for a loss, Xavier Lofton tallied 13 and Gyovanni Harvey tacked on 11.
“I’m proud of our team because they fought,” Barlow said. “Arkansas-Pine Bluff is a good team and we knew they would fight back. They were picked to win it and they are the defending SWAC champs.”
Alcorn State 35, Mississippi Valley State 28
LORMAN, Miss. — Arnold Walker rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, leading Alcorn State University to a comeback win over Mississippi Valley State, 35-28, Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference play at Spinks-Casem Stadium.
Down 21-13 in the fourth quarter, Terrence Green recovered a fumble for ALC (2-1, 1-0) at the MVSU 17-yard line. Walker carried three straight times for a Brave’s touchdown and John Gibbs, Jr. connected with Tavoris Doss on a two-point conversion.
The Braves recovered an onside kick, sparking a Gibbs’ 22-yard touchdown pass to LaDarrien Davis, putting the Braves up 28-21. During their next offensive series, Walker carried the Braves with four straight rushes, concluding in a 26-yard touchdown run.
Walker had 18 carries for 118 yards cracking Alcorn State’s top 10 for career rushing leaders.
Gibbs threw for 180 yards on 18-of-26 for two touchdwons. Doss caught four passes for 47 yards. Damon Watkins led the Braves with eight tackles and Deion Roberson tallied seven including 4.5 for losses.
Patrick Ivy led MVSU (0-3, 0-1) with three touchdown passes and 83 yards rushing. He connected 9-of-25 for 152 yards throwing an interception.
Antonio Benson had 11 tackles and Kevin Eugene registered 10 for the Delta Devils. Robert Simpson tacked on 1.5 sacks and Jameel Franklin posted one.
MVSU led 21-7 at the intermission.
Sout Carolina State 32, Alabama A&M 0
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Alabama A&M University dropped a 32-0 decision to South Carolina State on Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
AAMU (1-2, 1-0) was limited on offense with 194 total yards including minus three rushing, while giving up two interceptions and losing a pair of fumbles.
“When you have a young team, you never know exactly how they’re going to play,” said Alabama A&m coach Anthony Jones, who lost 20-plus seniors from his 2012 team. “They came out and attacked us and at the beginning of it, we didn’t respond well. We can’t continue to use youth as an excuse. We gotta grow up. This is our time to grow up.”
In his collegiate debut, Jaymason Lee completed 13-of-34 for 187 yards giving up one interception.
Montaurius Smith finished with five receptions for 77 yards. Robert Nelson spotlighted the defense with 17 tackles and Corey Johnson finished with 10. Darrin Graham tacked on a sack for the Bulldogs.
“We’re going to have to play some more folks,”Jones said when asked what he learned about his team after the loss. “We’re going to have to put some more people out there, try to get some more people ready to play, give them some opportunities to try to make some plays and turn this thing around.”
SCSU (1-2) hurry-up offense was highlighted with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Richard Cue to Tyler McDonald in the second quarter. Justin Taylor scored twice, on 15-yard run in the first quarter and on a 1-yard run in the third. Nick Belcher kicked three field goals for the Bulldogs.
Taylor and Dondre Brown both finished with 64 yards on the ground each. Cue tossed 9-of-19 for 147 yards. Joe Thomas collected nine solo tackes and two sacks for a SCSU defense that recorded three interceptions and four sacks. Alex Glover added the safety for the Bulldogs.
Southern 62, Prairie View A&M 59
BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern University pulled off a 29-point fourth quarter to push double overtime and tack on a Southwestern Athletic Conference, 62-59, victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday at A.W.Mumsford Stadium.
Dray Joseph led SU (1-2, 1-0) with a career night, recording 480 yards and six touchdowns through the air connecting . He engineered the final 24 yards on a game-winning throw to wide receiver Lee Doss.
Joseph and Doss combined for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Doss posted nine receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
Lenard Tillery had 75 yards on 17 carries rushing and three scores for the Jaguars.
Defensively, Detrane Lindsey led all players with 18 tackles and Javon Allen followed with 14.
“I just take my hat off to the young men,” Odums said. “We played two previous ballgames and people want to know what’s wrong with the team, what’s going on. They looked like they quit — even (Prairie View’s) coach said it looked like we had a problem finishing games. We made some mistakes tonight, but our effort was there. The excitement was there.”
The game featured an offensive shootout with both teams combining for 1,397 total yards. PVAMU (1-2, 1-1) spent most of the night pounding the ball on the ground as they racked up 419 yards rushing against the Jaguars.
Courtney Brown led the Panthers with 32 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnta Hebert added 153 yards while also registering three touchdowns. Hebert also tacked on seven receptions for 50 yards.
Jerry Lovelocke completed 32-of-43 attempts for 353 yards and a score for the Panthers. Gabe Dunlap hauled in eight receptins for 83 yards and a touchdown.
PVAMU’s defense finished with three sacks behind Raheem Cardwell, Jerome Howard and Meshak Williamson. Cardwell also led the Panthers with 17 tackles.
The Panthers led 28-13 at the break.
Sam Houston State 55, Texas Southern 17
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas Southern University could not respond from an early deficit resulting in a 55-17 loss to Sam Houston State on Saturday at Bowers Stadium.
Daveonn Porter rushed for 93 yards on 16 carries for TSU (0-2) including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry.
Homer Causey completed 9-of-10 for 80 yards but was sacked three times. He rushed for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Dedric Shipman led TSU with four catches.
Darveon Trahan registered 10 solo tackles and Lakendric Conley and Tray Walker each posted an interception.
Timothy Flanders ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns to guide SHSU (2-1).
The Bearkats pulled ahead in the second quarter, taking advantage of three recovered fumbles and scoring on their final four possessions of the half.
Both of Flanders’ scores followed TSU turnovers and put the Bearkats ahead 27-3.
Brian Bell finished 9-ofp-17 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He also ran for 32 yards and a score.
Shane Young had 51 yards receiving, including a five-yard touchdown and Richard Sincere added 3 catches for 53 yards for the Bearkats.
Keshawn Hill ran seven times for 65 yards and a score for Sam Houston State, which finished with 326 rushing yards.
Tanner Brock accounted for seven tackles including 1.5 sacks.
Lincoln (Mo.) 47, Grambling State 34
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In the wake of the dismissal of Doug Williams as head coach this week, Gramling State University fell victim to Lincoln (Mo.), 47-34, on Saturday in Arrowhead Stadium.
GSU (0-3) trailed 16-0 at the first quarter before Jestin Kelly scored on an eight-yard run. Kelly finished with 138 yards from 25 carries with two touchdowns.
D. J. Williams was responsible for three touchdowns connecting 22-of-38 hitting Chester Rogers with 12 receptions. Rogers finished with 169 yards and two touchdowns. Arkez Cooper led the Tigers with 11 tackles.
For LU (1-1), Morris Henderson produced 325 all-purpose yards. He posted 114 kickoff yards on two returns and 137 yards from 11 carries on the ground. He notched two touchdowns including a 41-yard touchdown run.
Jacob Morris completed 18-of-36 for 280 yards throwing one touchdown when he found Khirey Draine to extend the Blue Tigers’ lead, 44-21. Draine finished with seven receptions for 79 yards.
Kendrick Causey had 15 tackles to spearhead a LU defense that posted three sacks.