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MEAC Week 10 Recap

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Courtesy of bcuathletics.com

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2097-11 copy Robert Calloway
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#13 Bethune-Cookman Amasses 436 Rushing Yards to Remain Unbeaten in MEAC Play

DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 13 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats pounded out 436 rushing yards, powered by senior running back Isidore Jackson’s 182 ground yards to become the program’s all-time leading rusher, during a convincing 38-14 win over North Carolina Central University on Saturday inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Bethune-Cookman (8-1, 5-0 MEAC) overcame 24 penalties for 232 yards by amassing 594 yards of total offense to remain unbeaten in conference play. The defending MEAC champions also held NCCU to only 137 total yards, including negative-1 yard rushing.

Four different Wildcats rushed for touchdowns, as Jackson, Dre’Sean Nelson, Cary White and Michael Jones all found the end zone. B-CU starting quarterback Quentin Williams completed 12-of-20 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown toss to Eddie Poole, who had three catches for 56 yards.

NCCU (4-5, 2-3 MEAC) was held scoreless until 12:16 left in the contest when senior Thomas Dixon returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, marking the fifth special teams touchdown by the Eagles this season and tying teammate Adrian Wilkins for the second-longest kickoff return in school history.

The Eagles scored again with less than four minutes remaining when sophomore Kevin Thompson recorded his first career touchdown with a 6-yard run.

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Hornets Win On Ward’s Walk Off Field Goal

DOVER, Del. – Mitchell Ward kicked a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Delaware State to a 22-20 win over Howard in a MEAC thriller at Alumni Stadium this afternoon.

The game-winning drive began when DSU’s Milton Williams III recovered a perfect onsides kick by Ward at midfield with 1:58 left to play. The onsides kick followed a bobbled snap on the extra point try after the Hornets pulled to within 20-19 on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Cory Murphy to Williams.

The Hornets’ game-winning drive was highlighted by a 31-yard pass from Murphy to Malik Golson on third-and-18 to the Howard 27. Two plays later, Dae-Hon Cheung rushed for 14 yards to the Bison four.

On the winning kick, holder Marco Kano pulled down a high snap before setting the ball. Ward sprinted the length of the field after the kick, followed by his joyous teammates.

It marked the first time in recent memory that the Hornets scored on the final play to win a game.

Howard opened the scoring when Greg McGhee connected with David Wilson on a five-yard touchdown pass with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

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FAMU Holds off NSU in Defensive Struggle, 16-6

NORFOLK, Va. — James Owens and Damien Fleming combined to run for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and the Florida A&M defense held the Norfolk State offense without a score in the Rattlers’ 16-6 win over the Spartans before a Homecoming crowd of 10,627 on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.

The Rattlers (3-6, 2-3 MEAC) limited NSU (2-7, 2-3) to 217 yards of total offense and did not allow NSU an offensive point. The Spartans’ lone score came on linebacker Lynden Trail’s fumble recovery in the FAMU end zone in the third quarter.

The teams played a scoreless first quarter, but FAMU struck first early in the second stanza. Fleming capped a 10-play, 78-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown run with 13:09 remaining in the half.

FAMU extended its lead to 9-0 midway through the quarter. After a sack backed NSU deep in its own end, the Spartans faced a 4th-and-21 from their own 9. Dalton Fraser came on to punt, but the snap sailed over his head and out the back of the end zone for a safety.

The Spartans came out of the halftime break with their most successful drive of the game to that point. Rolandan Finch, who ran for a season-high 151 yards, ripped off runs of 13, 10 and 32 yards and Malik Stokes completed an 18-yard pass to Derrick Demps to move the Spartans deep into FAMU territory. Brendon Riddick appeared to reach the end zone on what would have been a 4-yard TD run. But his progress was ruled to be stopped at the 1, and on 3rd-and-goal, NSU fumbled and FAMU’s John Ojo recovered in the end zone.

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Aggies Rout Va-Lynchburg

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T forced eight turnovers and cruised to a 59-12 victory over Virginia University of Lynchburg, Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.

The Aggies (5-3) piled up 452 yards of total offense as Lewis Kindle (17-for-23) passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns. VUL struck first and scored on their opening drive after Emmanuel Yeager found Devon Stewart for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The Dragons failed to convert the extra point attempt. Kindle drove the Aggies back down the field and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Darren Bullock to take the 7-6 lead over the Dragons (2-7) with 9:14 in the first quarter.

Aaron Johnson returned a 95-yard kickoff in the third quarter for the Dragons other score. But freshman running back Tarik Cohen was dominant in the second half, compiling 92 of his game-high 130 yards rushing after halftime. Cohen’s 22-yard touchdown run gave A&T a 45-12 lead with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter. Ricky Lewis also provided A&T with support on the ground as he rushed for a pair of touchdowns on just two carries.

A&T held VUL to 178 yards of total offense. Yeager was 8-for-19 with three interceptions. Brian Houston led the Aggies’ defense with eight tackles. The Aggies will visit Morgan State on Saturday, Nov. 9 for a MEAC game. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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SC State Cruise Over Savannah State, 45-9

SAVANNAH, GA—The South Carolina State defense put on a dominating performance limiting the Savannah State Tigers offense to -12 yards rushing on to a ,45-9,routing Saturday at Ted Wright Stadium.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-3 overall, 4-1 MEAC, while the Tigers fall to 1-9 overall, 0-6 in the league.

“It feels great to win after the kind of week we had last week”, said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. “Our kids approached the game in a business like way.”

The Bulldog offense played phemeonal racking up 438 yards total offense with 275 yards on the ground and 163 passing.

Redshirt senior quarterback Richard Cue had record setting day throwing for 15-of-25 for 163 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 17 carries for 128 yards on the day. He tied the record for Touchdown Passes in game previously held by Marvin Marshall (1994), Reese McCampbell (2000 & 2003) and Malcolm Long (2009).

“Cue ran the ball well and recognized some changes in where the re-zoning of the defense were and he took advantage of it, while throwing the ball pretty well,” said Pough.

Redshirt freshman running back Justin Taylor became the second running back to reach the 100-yard mark the season. Taylor finished with a 28 rushes for 127 yards in the victory.

Senior Tyler McDonald reached another milestone in an illustrious final collegiate campaign. Last week he became the school’s All-Time Career Reception Leader and today finishing with three catches for 84-yards and a touchdown, McDonald broke the All-Time Career Yardage record with 2,166 previously held by Oliver (Tre’) Young (2006-09) of 2,156.

“It feels good but more importantly, it’s good to get back on the winning track after last week, said McDonald. “It’s good to get the bitter taste out our mouth.”

SC State jumped on quick to a 14-9 lead on touchdown passes from Cue to McDonald (34-yards) and senior Caleb Davis for 14-yards at the 7:16 mark in the second quarter. Cue’s 32-yard scamper closed out the first-half with the Bulldogs ahead 21-9.

The second-half belonged to Bulldogs with Cue connecting on pair of back-to-back touchdown passes of 4 and 3-yards to redshirt sophomore Temmarrick Hemingway to give SC State a commanding 35-9 lead with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter.

Senior kicker/punter Nick Belcher’s 23-yard field goal followed by a 2-yard punch by Cue sealed the 45-9 victory for the Bulldogs.

Pough stated, “I congratulate our players and coaches on the win and now we have to move on to the next stage.”

“We have been on the road for about a month, so it will be great to be back home in front of our fans. I think we have a good chance (playoffs) but we just need to do what we need to do and give ourselves good statistical evidence.”

Senior linebacker Joe Thomas spearheaded the Bulldog defense with 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks for 8-yards, and 1.5 TFL. Sophomore Tevin Richard in his first start at the linebacker position this season had a solid performance with 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL.

The Bulldogs will return to action on next week when they host the visiting Rattlers of Florida A&M on in a pivotal MEAC showdown. SC State will be celebrating “Homecoming 2013″ along with “Senior Day” Kick-off is 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy of meacsports.com

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