B-CU moves into sole possession of first place in MEAC

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Quentin Williams threw one touchdown pass and rushed for another, and the Bethune-Cookman defense contained South Carolina State for a 14-3 homecoming victory before an overflow crowd of 10,421 at Municipal Stadium Saturday.

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The victory gave the Wildcats (7-1 overall, 4-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) sole possession of first place in the conference standings while extending B-CU’s league winning streak to 17 straight. It also marked the Wildcats’ first homecoming victory over the Bulldogs (5-3,3-1) after South Carolina State won here in 1968, 1986, 1995 and 1997.

In addition to giving up just 143 total yards, the Wildcat defense denied South Carolina State a touchdown in five penetrations of the B-CU 25 and came up with a defining fourth down stop at the start of the second half.

Marquis Drayton set the tone when his pick ended a South Carolina State scoring threat at the Wildcat 18.

Williams responded by orchestrating a nine-play, 81-yard drive that culminated with a four-yard pass to Isidore Jackson with 5:19 remaining in the first quarter.  Williams was 4-4 on the drive, including a 47-yard strike to Eddie Poole.

B-CU took a 14-0 second quarter lead on Williams’ six-yard run with 8:40 to play. The sophomore connected with Jontavius Carter and Cary White for gains of 17 and 11 yards on the 54-yard drive.

The second half belonged to the defense, starting with Tavarus Dantzler and Nesty Marcelon stopping SCSU’s Justin Taylor for a loss on fourth down on the Bulldogs’ opening possession.

Jaronty Jones blocked a SCSU field goal to end another threat, then the Wildcat defense held the Bulldogs to one Nicholas Belcher field goal on two drives that started inside the 20-yard line after long  Darius Drummond punt returns. Donald Smith recovered a fumble for a touchback to end the second scoring threat.

Nick Addison also had an interception for the Wildcats. Jarkevis Field led the team with 14 tackles.

Williams finished 12 of 16 for a career-high 220 yards. Poole had five catches for 130 yards.  Jackson rushed for 46 yards and Cary White 43.

B-CU travels to North Carolina Central next Saturday.

Read the complete story at BCUathletics.com.

Howard Parlays Opportunistic Defense and Ground Game into Win Over Morgan State

WASHINGTON, DC – The defense forced four turnovers and Charles Philyaw rushed for three touchdowns to give Howard University a 28-14 win over Morgan State at Greene Stadium before a homecoming crowd of 7,053.

The Bison (3-5, 2-3 in the MEAC) set the tone early on their first possession when quarterback Greg McGhee put together an 18-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off with a one-yard plunge by Philyaw.  Howard got a two-point conversion on a pass from the holder on snaps, Richard Aiyegoro to tight end David Wilson for an 8-0 lead.

From there, both teams stiffened on defense.  The Bison defense was giving up some plays in the running game, but each time the Bears threatened to score, Howard was able to thwart their attempts to get in the end zone.

With the offense unable to produce points, Morgan State turned to another option:  punt return specialist Broderick Gager fielded a John Fleck punt at his own 11-yard, eluded several Howard defenders before reversing his field and sprinting 89 yards to his team’s first score.  It marked the second time this season that a punt has been returned 89 yards against the Bison.

Read the complete story at HUBison.com or MorganStateBears.com.

Hampton Roll Past Delaware State

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University football team kept the momentum rolling Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium, picking up its third straight win with a 30-7 blowout of Delaware State.

The Pirates are now 3-5 on the season and 3-1 in MEAC play.

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Freshman quarterback Bryan Bailey completed nine of 16 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown – his third straight game with a score – while junior Jorrian Washington recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing game, tallying 127 yards on 14 carries and a score.

Redshirt-freshman Twarn Mixson had a team-high 82 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Hampton struck first with 5:12 to go in the first quarter, capping off a seven-play, 18-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal from freshman Anthony Prevost (Chesterfield, Va.). Junior Khambrel McGee (Miami, Fla.) set up that drive by intercepting Cory Murphy near midfield and returning the ball to the Hornets’ 29-yard line.

Delaware State turned the ball over on the ensuing drive, and the Pirates responded by going nine yards in just three plays, going up 10-0 after senior Robert Bebek found the end zone from one yard out with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

The Hornets (3-5, 3-2 MEAC) got on the board with 49 seconds left in the half, when Murphy found Milton Williams from 15 yards out to cut the Pirates’ lead to 10-7.

After Delaware State failed to score on its first possession of the second half, the Pirates needed just one play, as Washington took the handoff 79 yards to the end zone to give Hampton a 17-7 lead with 11:53 left in the quarter.

Read more at HamptonPirates.com.

Wilkins Sparks NCCU as Eagles Spoil Savannah State Homecoming

SAVANNAH, Ga. – North Carolina Central University sophomore Adrian Wilkins amassed 241 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard punt return touchdown late in the second quarter to put the Eagles on top and sap the energy from the Savannah State Tigers and their homecoming crowd.

NCCU held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way to snap a two-game losing skid with a 24-10 road victory inside Ted Wright Stadium in Savannah, Ga.

A sophomore out of Forest City, N.C., Wilkins caught nine passes for 105 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown from redshirt-freshman quarterback Malcolm Bell in the third quarter, while also tallying 82 punt return yards and 54 kickoff return yards. Wilkins is the first 100-yard receiver for NCCU since Demario Lackey tallied 100 yards receiving against Hampton in 2011.

Bell, making his first career start under center, completed 14-of-30 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while also running for 33 yards with a 6-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter.

NCCU junior Andre Clarke pounded out 140 ground yards on 20 carries to become the first Eagle running back to reach the century-mark since he accomplished the feat against Savannah State last season.

Read the full story at NCCUEaglepride.com.

ODU Edges NSU on Last Second Field Goal, 27-24

NORFOLK, Va. — Jarod Brown kicked a 24-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift visiting Old Dominion to a 27-24 win over cross-town foe Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.

The Monarchs (5-3) withstood a resilient effort from NSU (2-6), scoring the final 10 points of the game to earn the victory in the teams’ second-ever meeting and first since they clashed in the first round of the Division I FCS playoffs two years ago.

Sparked by backup quarterback Malik Stokes, the upset-minded Spartans rallied from a 17-3 second-quarter deficit by scoring 21 unanswered points. Stokes’ 2-yard TD run on a 4th-and-1 play gave the Spartans a 24-17 lead with 14:11 remaining in the game.

ODU responded with an 11-play, 72-yard drive and tied the game on Taylor Heinicke’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Larry Pinkard, their second scoring hookup of the day, with 7:10 left in the fourth.

The Spartans drove right back down the field thanks to runs of 14 and 20 yards by Rolandan Finch and a 12-yard keeper by Stokes. But the ODU defense stiffened, holding NSU to a 40-yard field goal attempt by Cameron Marouf. Marouf’s low kick was tipped by ODU’s Andrew Everett, keeping the score knotted.

Read more at NSUSpartans.com.

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Rattler Rally Falls Short 20-13 In Overtime

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 26) – The Florida A&M offense drove 96 yards in the final moments of regulation to score a game-tying touchdown with 19 seconds left, only to have their chance at victory slip away on a missed extra point, leading to bitter 20-13 overtime loss to visiting North Carolina A&T in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in Bragg Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 13-7 with 2:58 to play, FAMU junior quarterback Damien Fleming led the Rattlers’ lone sustained drive of the game, a 13-play, 96-yard march, tying the game at 13-13, on an eight-yard strike to Dewayne Harvey with 19 seconds left in regulation.
Unfortunately for the Rattlers, kicker Chase Varnadore’s game-winning PAT try sailed to the left of the left upright in the north end zone after a bad snap and bad hold, leaving the game tied 13-13, and headed for overtime.
In the extra frame, Aggie tailback Tarik Cohen ran in from eight yards out, followed by a PAT by Cody Jones for a 20-13 A&T lead.
But FAMU’s possession went to fourth down, when Fleming’s pass was picked off by Isaiah Martin to clinch the Aggies’ second-ever overtime win over the Rattlers dating back to 1997.
In the second period, Cohen scored the first of his three touchdowns in the game, on a nine-yard run capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive to stake the Aggies (4-3, 2-3 MEAC) to a 7-0 lead with 13:53 left in the half.
FAMU (2-6, 1-3 MEAC) tied the score at 7-7, when transfer defensive back Shaun Ward picked off a Lewis Kindle pass, racing 17 yards with 8:03 left in the third period, before Cohen answered with a 27-yard scoring jaunt to end a 14-play, 87-yard drive with 2:00 left in the period for a 13-7 lead, after Cody Jones missed his PAT try.
That miss kept the door open for FAMU’s dramatic march at the end of regulation which nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Instead, FAMU dropped their sixth game in their last seven outings, falling to 0-4 at home this season with one home bout left, November 16 against Delaware State.