MEAC Week 8 Recap
Jackson and White Lead Bethune-Cookman to Win over Savannah State
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Cary White and Isidore Jackson each scored three touchdowns as No. 17/14 Bethune-Cookman roared to a 48-21 victory over Savannah State in the Third Annual Biker Classic before a Municipal Stadium crowd of 4,693 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (6-1 overall, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) won their 17th consecutive MEAC game and set the stage for a homecoming classic next Saturday against South Carolina State that will have major implications for the conference title. South Carolina State is also 3-0 in league play.
B-CU scored early and often, registering touchdowns on six of its seven first half possessions, as the Wildcats downed the Tigers (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) for the 14th consecutive time.
It only took one play for the Wildcats to register their first score. After a 42-yard Preston Cleckley punt return put the ball on the Savannah State 16, Quentin Williams hit Jackson out of the backfield for a 16-yard score just over two minutes into the contest.
After that, White scored on runs of one, 24 and 12 yards to become the first Wildcat to score three touchdowns in a game since David Blackwell versus Savannah State in 2011.
Savannah State got on the board with a 76-yard Leon Prunty to Simon Heyward strike with 10:13 in the first half, narrowing the margin at 28-7.
Jackson rushed for a pair of two-yard touchdowns to extend the Wildcats lead to 42-7 at halftime. The scores moved him into a tie with Jimmie Russell (2004-07) for fourth on the career rushing touchdown list with 29 in his career.
Read more at BCUAthletics or SSUAthletics.com
Morgan State Jumps out Early, Holds Off NCCU Charge For Road Win
DURHAM, N.C. – Morgan State University dominated the first quarter of play then held off a persistent North Carolina Central University squad the rest of the way as the visiting Bears spoiled the Eagles’ homecoming celebration with a 34-22 road win in front of a sellout crowd of 11,763 fans packed inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.
Morgan State (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) scored the first 21 points of the game, all coming in the opening 15 minutes. The Bears amassed 155 yards of total offense in the first quarter, compared to just 20 yards by NCCU (3-4, 1-2 MEAC).
The Eagles, who entered the contest with the best turnover margin in the conference, did not help themselves by turning the ball over four times on the afternoon, including twice in the opening quarter that resulted in touchdowns.
NCCU battled back by scoring the next 10 points in the second quarter on a 9-yard run by quarterback Jordan Reid and a 41-yard field goal by Oleg Parent, but Morgan State responded with a 21-yard field goal by Chris Moller with 30 seconds left before intermission to take a 24-10 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Morgan State took advantage of another NCCU turnover to extend its advantage to 27-10 courtesy of a 26-yard field goal by Moller with 3:19 remaining in the third stanza.
Read more at Morganstatebears.com and NCCUEaglepride.com.
Hampton Pulls Away Late for 27-17 Win over NSU in State Farm Battle of the Bay
NORFOLK, Va. — Bryan Bailey passed for 267 yards and a touchdown, and Denzel Heath’s late interception helped seal visiting Hampton’s 27-17 win over Norfolk State in the State Farm Battle of the Bay on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.
The win was the second in a row for the Pirates (2-5, 2-1 MEAC), while NSU (2-5, 2-2) dropped its second straight.
NSU tied the game at 17-all on an 11-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Omari Timmons, his second of the day, with 14:40 left in the game. Anthony Prevost had the answer, giving Hampton the lead for good at 20-17 with a 40-yard field goal with 7:19 left. On the game’s next possession, NSU was driving near midfield when Timmons’ pass intended for Joseph Hawkins was picked off by Heath, who returned it all the way to the NSU 13. Three plays later, Jorrian Washington scored on a 2-yard TD run to put the game out of NSU’s reach.
Prevost got the scoring started for the Pirates with a 27-yard field goal, capping the Pirates’ 10-play, 51-yard drive to open the game. The score stayed that way until early in the second quarter, when Timmons scrambled for a 16-yard TD run. The point-after gave the Spartans a 7-3 lead with 11:42 left in the first half, culminating a nine-play, 58-yard drive.
Fullback Morris Brailsford gave Hampton the lead back with a 1-yard TD plunge just 3:19 before halftime to cap an 11-play, 70-yard drive.
Read more at NSUSpartans.com or HamptonPirates.com.
Defense leads Hornets to Second Straight Win
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Delaware State held North Carolina A&T to 102 total yards in a 12-7 victory at Aggie Stadium this afternoon. The Hornets won their second straight game to improve to 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC. The Aggies dropped their third straight to fall to 3-3 and 1-3.
The DSU defense limited NCA&T to 35 yards rushing and 67 yards through the air. The Hornets have allowed a total of 50 yards rushing in the last two games. Norfolk State netted just 15 yards rushing in a 14-7 loss to the Hornets last week.
North Carolina A&T was one-for-14 on third down conversions in the contest.
“I’m really proud of our effort today, especially the defense,” said Delaware State head coach Kermit Blount. “Our defensive execution was outstanding; and everyone played with a great deal of intensity.”
The defensive effort was particularly impressive considering the Hornets played without leading tackler Davon Moore, who sat out the game due to a knee injury.
Read full story at DSUHornets.com or NCATAggies.com.
Rattlers Fall To Bison In 21-10 Homecoming Defeat