MEAC Recap Week 4
Ohio State routes Rattlers, 76-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored in bunches as they defeated Florida A&M, 76-0, Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
Seventy-points are the most points given up by a FAMU team, since the 2011 season, when the Rattlers gave up 70 points to the University of South Florida.
OSU would go into the break with a 55-0 lead as the Buckeyes scored eight first half touchdowns, fueled by Kenny Guiton’s record-setting six touchdown tosses. Fifty-five was the most first-half points given up by a Rattler team against an FBS opponent, since the 2004 season, when Virginia Tech went into the break with a 48-0 lead.
The Buckeyes scored their first three TDs of the game as they started their drives from inside the FAMU 25-yard line.
Read the complete story at FAMURattlersports.com.
Hornets Stymied by No. 1 North Dakota State
Fargo, N.D. – North Dakota State, the nation’s No. 1 FCS team, capped off a memorable day with a 51-0 win over Delaware State before a boisterous capacity crowd at the FargoDome this afternoon.
The two-time defending FCS champion Bison improved to 3-0 this season, while the Hornets fell to 0-3.
North Dakota State began the day by hosting ESPN’s popular College GameDay for the first time; and ended it with a dominating performance for its 12th straight win, the longest among all FCS teams.
The Hornets have fallen to the nation’s No. 3 (Towson) and No. 1 teams in the last two weeks.
North Dakota State racked up 542 total yards, 299 by the pass and 243 on the ground. Delaware State passed for 155 yards, but was held to 34 rushing for a total of 189.
Read the game story at DSUHornets.com.
No. 4 Towson Pulls Away From NCCU in Second Half to Win
DURHAM, N.C. – Towson University, the fourth-ranked team in NCAA Division I-FCS, scored on its first two possessions of the second half to pull away from a scrappy North Carolina Central University team for a 35-17 road win inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
After a scoreless first quarter, Towson (4-0) converted on third-and-seven and third-and-10 during a 13-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Peter Athens to James Oboh for a 7-0 Tigers’ lead at 6:39 of the second quarter.
Determined to pull off an upset at home, NCCU (2-2) took advantage of a fumbled punt return when senior quarterback Jordan Reid found senior receiver Marvin Poole wide open in the end zone from 21 yards out to tie the score at 7-7 with 3:45 left before the break.
Read more at NCCUEaglepride.com.
Turnovers Send Spartans to 3rd Straight Loss to Charleston Southern
NORFOLK, Va. — Host Norfolk State lost four fumbles, the last leading to Charleston Southern’s final touchdown, and the visiting Buccaneers held off the Spartans by a 20-12 score on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.
The Spartans fell to 0-3 with the loss, while CSU remains unbeaten at 4-0.
The Spartans fumbled five times and lost four, two in each half. Two came in CSU territory and the last was recovered by CSU’s Dylan Black in the end zone with 3:04 remaining to all but seal the deal for the Buccaneers.
NSU never led, but cut its deficit to 14-12 on a 10-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Tyler Clark to Je’Ron Stokes with 6:19 remaining in the game. The Spartans went for the two-point conversion and the tie, but Clark’s pass was incomplete.
Read more at NSUSpartans.com.
Early Onslaught Dooms Pirates at Coastal Carolina
CONWAY, S.C. – The Hampton University football team fell behind early Saturday evening at Brooks Stadium, as No. 15 Coastal Carolina stormed out to a massive first-half lead and went on to grab a 50-17 win.
The Pirates fell to 0-4 on the season, matching last season’s start.
Coastal Carolina (4-0) opened the game with a 10-play, 62-yard drive that ended with Lorenzo Taliaferro scoring from five yards out with 11:03 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion failed to leave the Chanticleers with a 6-0 lead.
Alex Ross later added a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:03 left in the first quarter, but Coastal Carolina wound up with a 12-0 lead after the two-point try failed again.
Coastal Carolina broke the game open in the second quarter, scoring four times before halftime.
Read the complete story at HamptonPirates.com.
Andrews 5 TDs Powers Hilltoppers Over Bears, 58-17
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Antonio Andrews finished with five touchdowns, scoring three of them in the first quarter leading Western Kentucky past Morgan State 58-17 on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
Andrews, who posted a school-record 3,161 all-purpose yards last season, had scoring runs of 65, 5, 3, 11 and 14 yards, and had well over 100-yards by the start of the second quarter.
Morgan State dropped its fourth straight road game and fall to 0-4 for the first time since 2001.
The Bears fell behind the WKU (2-2) in a hurry as Andrews scored on a 65-yard run for the first score of the night before pulling away from their Football Championship Subdivision opponent and winning their fifth straight against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents.
Seth Higgins threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Nate Ingram late in the first quarter to get the Bears on the scoreboard. The Toppers responded with 21 unanswered points.
Higgins, who was one of three quarterbacks to play for the Bears tonight, also gained 56 on 13 carries. The junior also engineered a 15 play, 66-yard drive midway through the second quarter and threatened to score. But a 41-yard field goal attempt by Chris Moller was blocked by Tyree Robinson and returned 70 yards by Jonathan Dowling to extend the Toppers’ lead to 42-7.
Other scores around the league:
South Carolina State 59
Florida State 54
Savannah State 7