MEAC Week 7 Recap
Howard Drops Fourth Straight in Home Loss to Bethune Cookman
WASHINGTON, DC – Bethune Cookman showed why it is rated the Number 1 team in Black College football as it dominated Howard 27-6 in a MEAC game at Greene Stadium.
The nationally ranked Wildcats (5-1, 2-0 in the MEAC) rolled up 480 yards on offense while limiting the Bison to a season-low 186 yards of total offense.
Bethune Cookman set the tone early, forcing Howard (1-5, 0-3 in the MEAC) into the first of several three and outs and proceeded to drive 76 yards in 10 plays with Anthony Jordan capping off the drive with a 4-yard run with 9:06 on the clock in the first quarter.
The Wildcats forced a fumble on the Bison’s ensuing possession that was recovered at the Howard 25-yard line. It took three plays to go the distance with Jordan bowling over Bison tacklers en route to an 11-yard run that made it 14-0 at the 7:00 mark.
From there, the Wildcats began to bog down a bit as a result of penalties (9 for 85 yards) and turnovers (three), but the Howard offense, which came into the game averaging almost 400 yards per game, could not take advantage of the lapse.
Pirates Celebrate Homecoming with First Win of 2013
HAMPTON, Va. –Hampton celebrated Homecoming in the best way possible on Saturday, withstanding a late comeback attempt by North Carolina A&T to grab a 31-26 win at Armstrong Stadium.
The Pirates (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) have won their last four Homecoming games.
Freshman quarterback Bryan Bailey, making his first career start, completed 14 of his 26 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Jorrian Washington rushed for a team-high 85 yards, and senior Antwon Chisholm rushed for 66 yards.
Chisholm was also key on the Pirates’ final drive, running the Wildcat as Hampton marched down the field before freshman Anthony Prevostkicked a 31-yard field goal with 2:09 left on the clock to put Hampton up 31-26.
The defense had set up that drive by turning N.C. A&T over on downs, and the Pirates defense stepped up again after the field goal, forcing the Aggies into a three-and-out before taking the final knee.
Hornets Upend Norfolk State for Key MEAC Win
DOVER, Del. – Quarterback Cory Murphy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard keeper with 5:25 left to play to give Delaware State a 14-7 homecoming win over Norfolk State in a MEAC contest at Alumni Stadium.
The Spartans drove to the DSU 30 on their final possession, but Hornet safety Davon Moore intercepted a pass by Norfolk State quarterback Rico Flores at the nine-yard line to seal the win.
Delaware State’s 61-yard game-winning touchdown drive took 18 plays and consumed eight-minutes-42 seconds. The Hornets had three third-down conversions and two fourth-down conversions during the march. Murphy completed six-of-nine passes for 58 yards on the drive, including first down completions of 11 and 16 yards to Malik Golson; and 17 yards to Milton Williams III.
The Hornets kept the drive going when Lamar Shaw rushed for four yards on a fourth-and-two at the NSU 15. DSU faced another fourth down after Murphy connected with Aris Scott for 12 yards to the Norfolk State two.
Shaw again got the call, picking up the one yard needed to continue the drive. On the next play, Murphy followed center Brandon Cunningham into the endzone for the go-ahead score. Mitchell Ward’s extra point kick gave the Hornets a 14-7 lead. Ward was two-for-two on extra points to give him 41 straight since 2011.
Other MEAC Scores
Savannah State 14, Florida A&M 27
Recaps Courtesy of meacsports.com