MEAC Week 6 Recap
Bulldogs Knock Off Aggies 29-24 in Atlanta Football Classic
ATLANTA, GA—Redshirt senior quarterback Richard Cue threw for a game-high 17-of-28 for 236 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a, 29-24, victory over rival N.C. A&T Saturday in the Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome.
SC State improves to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in the MEAC, while the Aggies fall to 3-1, 1-1 in the league. Cue was named the Most Valuable Player from SC State with his performance.
“First, I would like to thank the 100 Black Men of Atlanta for the opportunity to play in the game,” said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. “I don’t know if I would have felt the same way if we had lost but it was a great opportunity for our team”.
“I thought we played hard the entire game. We didn’t do some of the best things at times but there was no lack of effort,” stated Pough. We knew they (N.C. A&T) was good against the run, so we knew we had to throw the ball to have a chance at winning the game.”
Redshirt sophomore Dondre Lewis-Freeman led the rushing attack with 19 carries for 70 yards and a score. Senior Caleb Davis had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, while teammate Tyler McDonald moves on step closer to breaking the Career Receiving Yardage record with three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
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NCCU Capitalizes on Mistakes to Get First MEAC Win
WASHINGTON, DC – North Carolina Central turned two third quarter mistakes into touchdowns that proved to be the difference as the Eagles defeated Howard, 37-28 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic conference game at Greene Stadium.
NCCU (3-2, 1-0 in the MEAC) set the tone early in the game by taking its first possession and driving 49 yards with Idreis Augustus capping it off with six-yard run. The conversion attempt by Oleg Parent was blocked and the Eagles led 6-0.
Howard (1-4, 0-2 in the MEAC) countered on its possession when Jonathan Booker caught a 20-yard TD pass from Greg McGhee to make it 7-6.
The Eagles would come right back when Dequadis Tucker scored from 17 yards out early in the second quarter, making the score, 13-7. The Bison responded late in second quarter when McGhee threw his second TD of the day, this one to Stewart Hartman from 9 yards to take its first and only lead of the game..
“We talked all week about special teams and the importance of making something happen in the kicking game,” said NCCU interim Coach Dwayne Foster. “Whether it was get a big return, block a punt or field goal, these guys stepped up to the challenge of making something big happen.”
Jordan Reid then put together a 10-play, 54-yard drive that set up a 48-yard Parent field goal just before the half that gave the Eagles a 16-14 advantage at intermission.
Spartans Survive Late Field Goal Try, Top Savannah State 26-24
NORFOLK, Va. — Cameron Marouf kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 1:10 left, and the Spartans deflected Savannah State kicker John Barron’s 49-yard field goal attempt with 2 seconds left to hold on for a 26-24 win over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.
Barron’s field goal was tipped at the line by NSU linebacker Lynden Trail and fell harmlessly into the end zone as the Spartans improved to 2-3 overall, 2-0 in the MEAC. The Tigers dropped to 1-5 overall, 0-2 in the MEAC.
Trail had another monster game, finishing with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two pass breakups. For the second straight week, he made a substantial impact in other areas of the game, catching a touchdown pass for the second game in a row in addition to his blocked field goal at the end.
The Spartans got all they wanted from Savannah State. After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers struck first on a 26-yard field goal by Barron with 12:46 left in the second quarter. On their next drive, Antonio Bostick capped a four-play, 48-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Moore. SSU went for a two-point conversion and failed, keeping the score at 9-0.
SSU began both of its first-half scoring drives in NSU territory after the Spartan offense was backed up deep in its own end and had to punt.
Hornets Hang Touch in Loss to #21 Wildcats
DOVER, Del. — Delaware State played even with nationally-ranked Bethune-Cookman for nearly three quarters, but the Hornets gave up two late touchdowns in a 21-7 loss to the Wildcats in DSU’s home opener at Alumni Stadium this afternoon.
Bethune-Cookman, ranked 21st in the latest SportsNetwork Top 25 FCS poll, was Delaware State’s third nationally-ranked opponent in the last four weeks.
The Hornets, playing home for the first time after opening the season with four straight road games, drew first blood in the contest.
Bears Floor Florida A&M for Homecoming
BALTIMORE, Md. — What a difference a week makes.
When a football team can take care of the ball and force turnovers, a win is very much guaranteed. And that’s what happened on a homecoming Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium.
The Morgan State Bears didn’t turn the ball over and forced four Florida A&M turnovers in a 34-21 Homecoming victory against the Rattlers, ending an 11-game losing streak.
“It’s been a long time,” said Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley about the victory. “I just feel excited for these young men. They’ve been working hard and it’s been a long time and we needed to have some success to continue to move forward.”
The win improved Hill’s record to 10-2 in MSU Homecoming matchups.
Morgan State (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) got on the board first on a Seth Higgins one yard plunge into the endzone to cap a 12 play drive, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 8:39 left in the first quarter.
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