Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hampton Visits North Carolina A&T In Thursday Night MEAC Football


One very interesting thing for North Carolina A&T tonight when Hampton visits -- not only will it be the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for the Aggies.  It will be their first game against an FCS opponent this season.

The Aggies (2-1) opened the season by blowing out Division II St. Augustine's and then defeated FBS Kent State before falling to FBS Tulsa two weeks ago.

And with a week off last week, North Carolina A&T has a chance to breathe and begin another new season in conference play.

They get a Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) team that played their first FCS game two weeks ago.  The Pirates easily defeated rival Howard 34-7 in the AT&T Nation's Classic.   Their two losses were to FBS squads Old Dominion and William & Mary.  The Pirates threw an early scare into William & Mary before falling late.

The game will feature two of the MEAC's early leaders in offense and defense.  North Carolina A&T leads the conference in total offense and total defense.  A&T's offense is led by superstar running back Tarik Cohen, who is third in the MEAC in rushing with 71 yards a game. Jeremy Taylor leads the Aggies with 24 tackles and two sacks this season.

Hampton isn't far behind in either category they rank third in both total offense and defense. The MEAC's second leading rusher is Hampton's Yahkee Johnson who has rushed for 76.7 yards a game. They also have the conference's top passer in Jaylian Williamson who has thrown for 194 yards a game.  Interestingly, both teams are most stout in run defense.

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Fayetteville State's Samira Luis Named CIAA Volleyball Player of the Week


Fayetteville State's Samira Luis had 26 kills, 30 digs seven service aces and two blocks in three matches last week to be named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Volleyball Player of the Week.

The CIAA named her teammate Nakia McKinnie Rookie of the Week after she had 50 assists and 17 digs in the same three match span.

Their head coach, Reeshemah Johnson, made it an FSU sweep as she was named Coach of the Week. The Broncos are 2-0 in the CIAA's Southern Division and in second place behind Shaw.  Her team is 3-2 in CIAA play and 5-3 overall this season.

Mark Blackmon and Judith Kibil Named MEAC Cross Country Athletes of the Wee


A second-place finish in his first 8k earned Maryland-Eastern Shore's Mark Blackmon the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week while the Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week was Florida A&M's Judith Kibil.

Kibil finished ninth out of 266 runners at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational with a season best time of 17;59.64.  Blackmon's time of 26:27.10 his team win the DSU Farm Run Invitational.

Other Top Performers:

Ronaldo Ball (Coppin State) aided the Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 27:24.3.
Jennaya Hield (Maryland-Eastern Shore) recorded a second-place finish at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 19:37.9.
Candice Higgins (Norfolk State) led the Spartans, with a time of 20:20.79, at the East Carolina Pirate Invitational.
Felix Kiprotich (Norfolk State) won the 5k East Carolina Pirate Invitational, with a time of 15:18.6.
Geoffrey McCullough (Hampton) registered a time of 26:46.5, at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, to place fifth.
Tatiana Ogundeko (Coppin State) paced the Lady Eagles at the DSU Farm Run Invitational, with a time of 20:44.5.
Pollyanna Velasco (Hampton) finished third, with a time of 19:46.7, at the DSU Farm Run Invitational.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Savannah State Surprises Bethune-Cookman in Overtime; Rundowns and Scores from EVERY HBCU Football Game From Sept. 24


Savannah State 16, Bethune-Cookman 10 (OT) - In one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, perennial doormat Savannah State (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) got a 9-yard touchdown run from Cantrell Frazier in overtime to give them their first year in nearly a year and their first win in 16 tries against suddenly struggling Bethune-Cookman (0-3, 0-1 MEAC), last years conference co-champion. Bethune-Cookman needed a fourth quarter touchdown run from quarterback Akevious Williams to tie the game. SSU's Darrell Bonner intercepted a Williams pass to end BCU's overtime drive.  SSU then went on to score.  Tupac Isme led BCU with 91 yards rushing while Savannah State's Marquis Smith had 12 tackles, forced two fumbles, had 1.5 sacks and had three tackles for losses.

Missouri 79, Delaware State 0 - Drew Lock threw five first half touchdowns, four of them to J'Mon Moore as FBS SEC Missouri  (2-2)  blew out Delaware State (0-3). Lock threw for 402 yards as Missouri piled up nearly 700 of offense.  Three Mizzou receivers had more than 100 yards receiving while Damerea Crockett rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Delaware State eight first downs all day.

Morgan State 28, Howard 24 -

South Carolina State 48, Florida A&M 14 -

North Carolina Central 34, Norfolk State 31 -


Winston-Salem State 35, Virginia State 14 - Quarterback AJ Nocciolo threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another as Winston-Salem State (2-2, 1-1 CIAA) got a big win over Virginia State (3-1, 0-1 CIAA). Te'Vaughn Hurse had a huge day as he rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown for WSSU, who led 21-0 early and cruised the rest of the way.  Trenton Cannon led VSU with 80 yards and a touchdown rushing.

Johnson C. Smith 31, Elizabeth City State 28 - Matias Lembrecht's 33-yard field goal with no time remaining lifted Johnson C. Smith (1-3, 1-0 CIAA) to the win over Elizabeth City State (1-3, 0-1 CIAA). Quarterback Harold Herbin, aided by two ECSU penalties, drove his team downfield with 1:29 remaining.  He threw for 39 yards and rushed for six on the final drive, setting up Lembrecht for the game-winning field goal. Quarterback Daquan Neal led ECSU with 224 yards and a touchdown passing while also rushing for another TD.

Virginia Union 22, Fayetteville State 16 -

Chowan 41, Livingtone 13 -

Bowie State 55, Shaw 13 -

St. Augustine's 35, Lincoln (Pa) 31 -


Jackson State 32, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20 -

Prairie View A&M 56, Mississippi Valley State 21 -

Southern 59, Alabama A&M 31 -

Texas Southern 31, Alabama State 27 -


Tuskegee 38, Lane 7 - Kevin Lacey threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards and another TD as Tuskegee (4-0, 1-0 SIAC) broke open a close game with 24-unanswered points to ease to the win over Lane 3-1, 0-1 SIAC) in an early battle of unbeaten teams. Lacey threw a TD pass and rushed for a score to put Tuskegee up 14-0 in the first quarter. Lane quarterback Marcus Reynolds threw a touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to pull within seven, but that was as close as they could get. Reynolds only had 66 yards passing while his running back, Marcus Holiday led Lane with 46 yards rushing. Tuskegee's Ladarell Petway had a big day as he caught a 54-yard TD pass from Lacey and returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown.

Miles 31, Morehouse 7 - The Miles defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Devin Brown returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as Miles (2-1, 2-0 SIAC) defeated Morehouse (2-2, 1-1 SIAC).  David Whipple led Miles with 158 yards and touchdown passing while Jamarcus Nance rushed for 96 yards. David Smith had a big day for the Morehouse defense, with eight tackles, four for losses, a sack and a forced fumble.

Kentucky State 17, Central State 14 -

Benedict 28, Fort Valley State 14 -

West Georgia 27, Albany State 23 -

Clark Atlanta 37, Ave Maria 13 -


Truman State 37, Lincoln (Mo) 0 -


Point 23, Edward Waters 20 - Rashard Louie's 1-yard TD plunge with 1:49 remaining lifted Point (1-3) to a late win over Edward Waters (0-4).  Edward Waters had led by as much as 10 after Joey Williams' 45-yard fumble recovery of the second-half kickoff for a touchdown gave them a 20-10 lead. But the Point defense shut out EWC after that and came back with a Isiah Robinson touchdown run midway through the 3rd quarter.  Tyler Mahla led EWC with 130 yards passing and 68 yards rushing while Drew Kohn rushed for the other EWC touchdown.

Bloomsburg 54, Cheyney 14 - Lawrence Elliott Jr. rushed for three touchdowns and added a 65-yard punt return as Bloomsburg (3-1, 1-0 PSAC) rolled past Cheyney (1-3, 0-1 PSAC) in the conference opener for both teams. His two touchdowns in the second quarter keyed a 23-point 2nd quarter for the Wolves.  Erik Heller led Cheney with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Saturday, September 24, 2016



Alcorn State at Grambling - Alcorn State (2-1, 1-1 SWAC) is looking to shake off a surprising, three-overtime loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week.  The Braves  are still looking to hit their stride in this, just third game of the season after their opener with Bethune-Cookman was canceled. Grambling (2-1, 1-0 SWAC) has been rolling, particularly on offense this season.  They nearly shocked FBS Arizona and have blown out Jackson State and Virginia Lynchburg.  This will actually be a better test for both teams to see where they are this season.

Jackson State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff - Looking listless in a blowout loss to Tennessee State and getting beat by NAIA Oklahoma Panhandle State had people expecting the worst last week for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2, 1-0 SWAC).  Surprise! They score 45 and beat defending SWAC champs Alcorn State in overtime last week.  Now they host winless Jackson State (0-3, 0-1 SWAC), a team that has struggled on defense.  The fewest points they've given up this year is 35 in their 35-14 loss to Grambling last week.

Prairie View A&M at Mississippi Valley State - Prairie View A&M (2-1, 2-0 SWAC) heads to Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-2 SWAC) on a SWAC roll.  They've one eight straight conference games dating back to last season.  In their three games, MVSU has scored 30 points and was shut out last week at Texas Southern.  They rank last in total offense in the SWAC so far this season. The Delta Devils have not been able to run the ball at all, averaging 9.7 - yes, that's 9.7 - yards rushing per game.

Texas Southern at Alabama State - Texas Southern (1-2, 1-0 SWAC) got a needed win last week in shutting out Mississippi Valley State.  And Alabama Sate (0-3, 0-1 SWAC) needs a win. The Hornets had good showings at FBS Texas-San Antonio and against Alcorn State, but everything fell apart in a blowout 64-6 loss to Southern last week. Alabama State relies on a running game by committee, along with quarterback Quinterris Toppings.

Southern at Alabama A&M - Southern (1-2, 1-0 SWAC) may have lost two of their three games so far, but dont let that fool you. The Jags took FBS Louisiana-Monroe to the wire and were outmanned against FBS Tulane.  So they were full ready to take out their frustrations on Alabama State last week. Their offensive threesome in quarterback Austin Howard, running back Lenard Tillery and wide receiver Willie Quinn can light up anyone.  Alabama A&M (1-2, 1-1 SWAC) is led by quarterback De'Angelo Ballard and running back Jordan Bentley who is fourth among FCS freshman running backs with 236 yards a game.


Chowan at Livingstone - The Livingstone (1-2) offense has shown life after scoring three in their opening game.  Jarius Richardson has rushed for a little more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in their last two games. Chowan (2-1, 1-0 CIAA) has done it through the air, with Randall Dixon throwing for 399 yards last week against West Florida, though running back Tyree Lee had a breakout game last week with 139 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Bowie State at Shaw - The Bowie State (1-2, 1-0 CIAA) offense has been clicking this year. The Bulldogs have lost to an FCS team and a strong Division II team, but have scored at least 35 on both of them.  Shaw (0-3) is at the opposite end of the spectrum.  They've given up at least 35 in all three of their losses, and their 19 points was the most they've scored in a game this year.  They scored six and seven in their first two games.

Virginia State at Winston-Salem State - This usually would be the preview of the CIAA title game. This year, there are questions.  Virginia State' (3-0) defense continues to play lights out as 10 is the most they've allowed in a game this season.  The Trojans have controlled the clock with a bruising running game led by Kavon Bellamy (113 yards per game) and Trenton Cannon (72 yards per game). Winston-Salem State (1-2, 0-1 CIAA) has had three tough games, two against really strong Division II programs.  But the loss to Virginia Union last week was unexpected, especially how easily the Panthers won.

St. Augustine's at Lincoln (Pa) - St. Augustine's (0-3) has been in three mismatches this season - FCS North Carolina A&T, FBS ACC North Carolina State and one of the better Division II programs in the country, Carson-Newman. Today, they get to battle someone on their own level in Lincoln (Pa) (1-2) in the CIAA opener for both.  Aside from a blowout loss to FCS Morehead State, Lincoln (Pa) has look solid in losing to Cheyney and defeating Lincoln (Mo) on the road.

Johnson C. Smith at Elizabeth City State - Johnson C. Smith (0-3, 0-1 CIAA) has been shutout in their last two games after scoring 28 against Wingate.  Granted, those losses were to Bowie State and FCS Wofford. Elizabeth City State (1-2) off their first win of the season, a 35-30 victory over Morehouse. Quarteback Daquan Neal has been their leader in the passing game and in the rushing game this season.

Fayetteville State at Virginia Union - Virginia Union (1-2, 1-0 CIAA) is at home after getting a huge win over Winston-Salem State last week. Quarterback Shawheem Dowdy and running back William Stanback have been the offensive cogs for the Panthers.  Fayetteville State (0-3, 0-1 CIAA) before being shut down by FCS Elon last week, fought hard against a good Chowan team but couldn't do much to stop a really good UNC Pembroke squad.


North Carolina Central at Norfolk State - These two teams open their MEAC schedules with Norfolk State (1-2) actually playing their first FCS team this season.  They defeated Division II Elizabeth City State in their opener and then fell to two FBS teams. North Carolina Central (1-2) has had much the same story, falling to FBS Duke and Western Michigan before beating up on Division II St. Augustine last week.

Delaware State at Missouri - This one could be ugly. Delaware State (0-2) had a 20-point second half against Monmouth last week, but that was after trailing 27-0 at halftime and being blown out by Delaware 56-14 opening day. Now they have to head to FBS SEC Missouri (1-2), a team that is still smarting from last week's close loss to SEC foe Georgia.  They will be looking to pile up the points today at home.

South Carolina State at Florida A&M - Its the MEAC opener for both teams and no one probably thought that BOTH of these teams would be 0-3 heading into this contest. Florida A&M is still trying to get their program turned around.  But South Carolina State is winless, though coming into this game, they've played two FBS teams - one of them Clemson - and one of the nation's top Division II teams in Tuskegee last week.  But South Carolina State hasn't lost to Florida A&M since 2011.

Howard at Morgan State - In this matchup of old rivals, Howard (0-3, 0-1 MEAC) has had major problems scoring this season.  They haven't scored at all in the second or third quarters and they've only totaled 34 points in three games this season.  Morgan State (0-2) will be playing their first home night game since 2010.  They've won nine of the last 11 games in this series. The Bears are led by graduate transfer quarterback Chris Andrews who has thrown for 312 yards a game this season.

Bethune-Cookman at Savannah State - Bethune-Cookman (0-2) opens MEAC play after two tough losses to FCS North Texas and Tennessee State.  They will be heavily favored against a Savannah State (0-2) team that hasn't scored yet this season and has given up 54 points to Georgia Southern and 56 to Southern Mississippi.


Lane at Tuskegee - This is shaping up to be a great game. One thing that Lane (3-0, 1-0 SIAC) won't do much is pass.  This is a running team that has averaged 265 yards a game on the ground, scoring 11 touchdowns this season. That is due to their "Marcus" offense - dual threat quarterback Marcus Reynolds and running back Marcus Holiday.  Tuskegee (3-0, 2-0 SIAC) is a little more balanced offensively, but their strength is on defense, particularly against the rush.

Kentucky State at Central State - Kentucky State (0-3, 0-1 SIAC) is struggling. They are the SIAC's worst team in total offense and defense.  Offense is where they really suffer, averaging only 167 yards a game.  Central State (0-3, 0-2 SIAC) is the exact opposite on offense as they lead the conference in total offense with nearly 400 yards a game.  It's defense where they suffer.  They are next to last -- to Kentucky State -- in total defense.

Miles at Morehouse - It's always hard to say that a game is a big one for a team this early in the season, but for Morehouse, it is.  The Maroon Tigers (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) are looking for momentum heading into the toughest part of a schedule that has Tuskegee and Albany State coming up soon. They move the ball well, but have been mistake prone.  Miles (1-1, 1-0 SIAC), the defending SIAC champs, are smarting from last week's 29-0 shutout by West Georgia.  A key will be whether starting quarterback David Whipple is recovered from injury.  A key matchup - Miles running back Jamarcus Nance (87 yards a game) against the Morehouse defense (allowing only 94 yards rushing a game).

Fort Valley State at Benedict - It took Fort Valley State (1-2, 1-1 SIAC) three overtimes to put down an improving Clark Atlanta team last week.  The Wildcats have been up and down on offense, have been good offensively, except for a tough 10-7 loss to Lane. Benedict (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) has bounced back from an offensively ugly first game when they scored five points in a win to putting up 42 on Central State.

West Georgia at Albany State - Albany State (1-2, 0-1 SIAC) isn't joking around about getting ready now for the Division II playoffs.  Three of their first four games have been against Tuskegee, Valdosta State and now West Georgia, all Division II playoff teams. West Georgia (3-0) has already shut out defending SIAC champs Miles and gave up their first touchdowns of the season last week in a tough win over Delta State.

Ave Maria at Clark Atlanta - This Clark Atlanta (1-2, 1-2 SIAC) team isn't the doormat that they've been in recent years.  They played Tuskegee tough and could just as easily be 2-1 now had they held on in a three-overtime loss to Fort Valley State last week.  They now get Ave Maria, an 0-3 NAIA team averages just under seven points a game this season.


Bloomsburg at Cheyney - It's the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opener for both Bloomsburg (2-1) and Cheyney (1-2). Bloomsburg suffered their first loss of the season in overtime last week while Cheyney was blown out by Indiana (Pa) 55-0.  Bloomsburg has beaten Cheyney 26 straight times.

Lincoln (Mo) at Truman State - Lincoln (Mo) (0-3, 1-0 GLVC) is looking for their first win of the season after a blowout loss last week to Quincy.  But Lincoln (Mo) (0-3, 0-1 GLVC) has had leads in their other two losses this season. Truman State has beaten Lincoln (Mo) each of the last 20 times they've played. The last Lincoln (Mo) win against Truman State in 1973.

Langston at McMurry - Langston (2-1) defeated McMurry last season 32-29 and looks to follow up using a balanced offense led by quarterback Mark Wright Jr. (586 yards and a touchdown passing this season) and running back Kievon Johnson (309 yards and three touchdowns).  McMurry is a good scoring team, having put up 63 on Texas College last week and 17 in a close loss to Southwestern. It's a game where Langston's Evan Scott and Christian Minies can make a real difference.  The two have led a defense in which they've each had 19 tackles this year.

Point at Edward Waters - Edward Waters (0-3), a NAIA feisty team that has spent much of their season taking on NCAA Division II teams lost last week to FBS Jacksonville. They host a Point (1-3) team that has struggled to score in their three losses.  Their first win of the season came last week over Virginia-Lynchburg, a game in which they did score 34 points.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tuskegee Downs Florida A&M in Teams First Meeting in 20 Years; Complete Scoreboard of HBCU Football Action From Week 3

(Vaughn Wilson/FAMU athletics/Tallahassee Democrat)
Kevin Lacey threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Reese with 2:21 remaining to lift Tuskegee to a 20-17 win over Florida A&M Saturday.

In the first meeting in 20 years for Division II SIAC power Tuskegee (3-0) and FCS MEAC squad Florida A&M (0-3), the two teams went back and forth, with the biggest lead coming after two Dalton Hall field goals put Tuskegee up 6-0 in the first quarter.

Lacey's touchdown was followed by a Florida A&M drive that had the potential to be a game-winner. But Florida A&M receiver Kevin Troutman fumbled the ball away on the Tuskegee 35, basically ending the game after the Golden Tigers recovered and salted away the win.

Florida A&M struggled on the ground against the Tuskegee defense, with only 37 yards rushing. Quarterback Kenneth Coleman was the FAMU offense, passing for 162 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 29 yards.  Quavon Taylor led the Tuskegee defense, which only allowed 169 yards of offense to FAMU, with seven unassisted tackles


Virginia Union 37, Winston-Salem State 14 - William Stanback rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns while Shawheem Dowdy threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia Union (1-2, 1-0 CIAA) to a surprisingly easy 37-14 over Winston-Salem State (1-2, 0-1 CIAA). Dowdy and Stanback each had two touchdowns in a first half that put the game out of reach at 27-7. WSSU moved the ball, but was riddled by turnovers. Quarterback Rod Tinsley threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards. But he threw three interceptions.

UNC Pembroke 38, Shaw 19 - Eight turnovers - three fumbles and five interceptions - pretty much sunk Shaw's upset bid of UNC Pembroke (3-0).  Shaw (0-3) was up 13-10 at halftime before giving up 21 answered points on just 13 plays. Quarterback Daron Downing led Shaw with 90 yards rushing, mainly on the 72-yard TD run he had to open the scoring.

Elizabeth City State 35, Morehouse 30 - Daquan Neal threw for 194 yards and four touchdowns and led Elizabeth City State (1-2) with 48 yards rushing to lead ECSU to the win over Morehouse (2-1).  Morehouse was up 14-0 in the second quarter, but ECSU scored 28 unanswered to salt away the win.  David Smith had nine tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss for Morehouse.

Morehead State 56, Lincoln (Pa) 6 - Austin Gahafer threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns and Ryan Watkins added two touchdowns rushing as FCS Morehead State (1-2) piled up 514 yards offense on Lincoln (Pa) (1-2).  Lincoln (Pa) had only 140 yards of offense, just 16 of them rushing. Deon Miller had 13 tackles for Lincoln (Pa) with Jabari Thomas 10.

Virginia State 20, Kentucky State 7 - Kavon Bellamy rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia State (3-0) win over Kentucky State (0-3, 0-1 SIAC). VSU won despite only passing for 12 yards all day. The Virginia State defense continued their stellar play as they've only allowed 9, 10 and 7 points in three games this season.  Myrthel Stewart Jr. led the Kentucky State defense with 14 tackles. Travon Spencer and Rodriguez Jones both added 11.

Chowan 35, West Florida 28 - Randall Dixon threw for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4-yarder in the fourth quarter to lead Chowan (2-1) to the win over NAIA West Florida (2-1). West Florida scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game before Dixon's winning pass early in the fourth quarter. Tyrone Carter caught 11 passes for 188 yards and TD while Tyree Lee added 139 yards and two touchdowns rushing. West Florida was led by Kaleb Nobles and his 398 yards and three TDs passing with receivers Anas Hasic (9 receptions, 190 yards, 3 TDs) and Ishmel Morrow (12 catches, 161 yards, 1 TD) having huge days.

Elon 26, Fayetteville State 3 - FCS Elon (1-2) shut down the Fayetteville State (0-3) offense - the Broncos only had 60 yards passing - as they easily won.  Daniel Thompson, who is replacing Elon's No. 1 quarterback Connor Christiansen who is out for the season, threw for 173 yards and a touchdown for a balanced Elon offense. Seth Johnson had 11 tackles for Fayetteville State.

Central Connecticut State 44, Bowie State 35 - Bowie State (1-2) went head-to-head with FCS Central Connecticut State (1-2) but fell just short.  Brenden Lytton rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns while Cameron Nash added 116 yards and a TD on the ground to lead CCSU to the win. Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall had a big day as he threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns. Nyme Manns caught 12 of those passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.  While CCSU was more balanced on offense, Bowie State only had 13 yards rushing.

Wofford 59, Johnson C. Smith 0 - FCS team Wofford (3-0) overpowered Johnson C. Smith (0-3) as Lorenzo Long's 127 yards and three TDs rushing led a Wofford ground attack that piled up 330 yards. The Golden Bulls, on the other hand, rushed for only 18. Johnson C. Smith hasn't scored since week one when they scored 28 in a loss to Wingate.  The bright spots for JCSU were Basir Wright and Kahj Huitt who both had 12 tackles for the Golden Bulls.

Davidson 38, Livingstone 12 - FCS Davidson (2-1) forced four first half Livingstone (1-2) turnovers, including a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and an in interception also returned for a TD in getting the win.  Davidson quarterback Stockton McGuire threw for 124 yards and a TD while Keylan Brown's 78 yards and a TD led the Davidson rushing attack. Bryan Digsby led Livingstone with 201 yards and a touchdown passing.  The Davidson defense also had six sacks.


(Photo by Sam Jordan/TSU Athletics)
Tennessee State 31, Bethune-Cookman 24 - Ronald Butler, replacing an injured O'Shay Ackerman-Carter, threw a 7-yard TD pass to Patrick Smith with just under four minutes remaining to lift Tennessee State to the win over Bethune-Cookman (0-2).  In a back-and-forth matchup in which both teams traded scores throughout, Terrell Bonds second interception of the game with just over two minutes left sealed the game for TSU. Tennessee State goes to 3-0 for the first time since 2012.

North Carolina Central 65, St. Augustine's 7 - Malcolm Bell threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another to lead North Carolina Central (1-2) to an easy win over Division II CIAA St. Augustine's (0-3).  Dorrel McClain rushed for 130 yards and two TDs as the Eagles rolled up 676 yards of offense.  D.J. Johnson led St. Augustine's with 193 yards and a touchdown passing. H also led SAU with 26 yards rushing.

Clemson 59, South Carolina State 0 - In what is probably one of the most frustrating blowouts for Buddy Pough, everything went wrong for South Carolina State (0-3), including one of the most embarrassing touchdowns ever. You can see it here  How close was it not? Both coaches agreed to shorten the third and fourth quarters to 12 minutes each instead of 15 minutes each. SCSU had 54 yards passing and 48 rushing.  Clemson had 555 yards of offense. Clemson has beaten South Carolina State in each of their four meetings, scoring at least 54 points in each and only allowing them to score in one of those games.

Hampton 34, Howard 7 - Howard's scoring woes continue as they remain winless in three games. Howard (0-3, 0-1 MEAC) has been outscored 134-34 so far this season. Saturday, Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) broke open a 7-0 game by erupting for 24 points in the third quarter. Jaylian Williamson led Hampton with 198 yards and one touchdown passing. Howard was paced by running backs Jason Collins and Anthony Philyaw who combined for 181 yards rushing and a touchdown.

William & Mary 35, Norfolk State 10 - Albert Funderburke rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns to lead William & Mary (2-1) to the victory over Norfolk State (1-2). Funderburke led a rushing attack that had 277 yards on the day.  Greg Hankerson led Norfolk State with 125 yards passing and 43 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Tulsa 58, North Carolina A&T 21 - A week after North Carolina A&T (2-1) defeated FBS team Kent State, the Aggies had problems stopping another FBS team in Tulsa (2-1).  North Carolina A&T had two blocked punts, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, in the game's first 20 minutes. Tulsa's Dane Evans threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns with Keevan Lewis caught all three TD passes and totaled 119 yards receiving.  Justin Hobbs caught seven passes for 114 yards. Elijah Bell caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead A&T. Lamar Raynard threw for a touchdown and ran for another for North Carolina A&T.


Benedict 42, Central State 6 - George Meyers Jr. rushed for 235 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Philip Brown rushed for two TDs to lead Benedict (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) to an easy win over Central State (0-3, 0-2 SWAC).  Benedict rushed for 333 yards on the CSU defense. Central State's De'Michael Jackson rushed for 107 yards while quarterback Lavon Meeks threw for 184 yards and a touchdown.

Fort Valley State 37,  Clark Atlanta 31 - Fort Valley State (1-2, 1-2 SIAC) erased a fourth quarter, two touchdown deficit and then got a Chancey Jackson 1-yard TD run in the third overtime to defeat Clark Atlanta (1-2, 1-2 SIAC). Domontay Jones threw a 9-yard TD pass to Otis Brown with five minutes left in the game and then on the next CAU series, Brian Walker picked off a Dashawn Blow pass and returned it 35 yards for the game-tying TD. Jones three three TD passes for FVSU while Blow threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another.

Lane 46, Langston 44 -

Albany State 24, Southeastern University 2 - In a game that was ended midway through the third quarter because of weather, Caleb Edmonds threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns to lead Albany State (1-2,   to the win over NAIA Southeastern (1-1).  Nick Scott had six tackles and two interceptions for the Albany State defense.


Southern 64, Alabama State 6 - Austin Howard threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns and Lenard Tillery rushed for 124 yards to lead Southern (1-2, 1-0 SWAC) to an easy win over Alabama State (0-3, 0-1).   Howard's three TD passes went to Willie Quinn who caught four balls for 178 yards.  Quinn also returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Prairie View A&M 41, Alabama A&M 20 - Sta'fon McCray's two second half touchdown runs led a Prairie View (2-1, 2-0 SWAC) surge to give them the win over Alabama A&M (1-2, 1-1 SWAC). McCray rushed for 192 yards, leading a PVAM offense that ran for nearly 300.  Alabama A&M quarterback De'Angelo Ballard led Alabama A&M with 129 yards passing and 64 yards rushing and and touchdown while Jordan Bentley rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Grambling 35, Jackson State 14 - The Grambling (1-1, 1-0 SWAC) defense got two big turnovers for touchdowns - a Joseph McWilliams 62-yard interception return in the first half and Donovan McCray had a 51-yard fumble recovery for a TD - as they G-Men cruised to a win over Jackson State (0-3, 0-1 SWAC). Devante Kincaide threw for 227 yards and a TD for Grambling, with Chad Williams catching seven of those balls for 131 yards and a touchdown.  Arkez Cooper had eight tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble for the Grambling defense.

Texas Southern 31, Mississippi Valley State 0 - Averion Hurts threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns and the Texas Southern (1-2, 1-1 SWAC) defene limited Mississippi Valley State (0-3, 0-1) to minus-10 yards rushing to get the shutout. Tyler Cook rushed for a TD and cautght a touchdown pass. Sean Jones led the TSU defense with ten tackles, three and a half for losses, and a sack. Ladrelan Cheatham was the star on defense for MVSU with 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks of three Delta Devils sacks on the day.


West Virginia Wesleyan 35, West Virginia State 14 -

Indiana (Pa) 55, Cheyney 0 -

Quincy 40, Lincoln (Mo) 14 -

The Schedule and Rundown of EVERY HBCU Football Game for Week Three!



Benedict at Central State - Benedict (1-1) is quite wary of Central State (0-2, 0-1 SIAC).  The Marauders have played well against FBS Dayton and fought hard against an improving Clark Atlanta team. Quarterback Lavon Meeks has averaged 409 yards of total offense in their two games. Benedict has been good on defense, especially against the run.  It's offense where they have issues. They opened with a 5-3 win and then scored just 13 in losing to Limestone last week.

Lane at Langston - Lane (2-0, 1-0 SIAC) showed that their defense is one to be reckoned with in how they shut down Fort Valley State last week.  Javonte Kelly won SIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after he had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.  Their "Marcus" offense - quarterback Marcus Reynolds and running back Marcus Holiday - is where they lean on for production. Langston (2-0) is the second NAIA team Lane will be facing this season.  But Langston isn't Texas College, who Lane beat easily. Kievon Jackson led Langston with 123 yards rushing last week while quarterback Mark Wright Jr. has been a solid dual threat.

Clark Atlanta at Fort Valley State - In years past, no one would have thought that the 0-2 team heading into this contest would be Fort Valley State. But it is.  The Wildcats shored up their defensive issue a big last week after holding Lane to 10 points and 248 yards of offense a week after giving up nearly 500 yards of offense in a loss to Miles to open the season. But their own offense is sputtering.  They've had one touchdown in the last six quarters. Clark Atlanta is an improving program, but defense is an issue.  They've allowed 800 yards and 24.5 points per game so far.

Morehouse at Elizabeth City State - Consistency is what Morehouse (2-0, 1-0 SIAC) will look for against Elizabeth City State (0-2, 0-0 CIAA).  The Maroon Tigers offense struggled against Edward Waters and made a ton of mistakes in holding off Kentucky State last week.  Elizabeth City State is looking to get last week's 84-21 drubbing by Fordham out of their heads. Quarterback Daquan Neal is their main offensive threat, passing and running.

Tuskegee at Florida A&M - This is an interesting contest.  First, forget about Tuskegee (2-0, 1-0 SIAC) being a Division II team and Florida A&M (0-2) being an FCS team. These are premiere HBCU programs, thought FAMU has been in the football doldrums the past few years. These two teams haven't played each other in twenty years. so there is excitement surrounding the game.  But Tuskegee is one of the top Division II teams in the country and has looked strong out the gate. They've scored 32 per game and have allowed only 15 per game so far.  Jayjerien Craig has rushed for nearly 200 yards in two games, including 130 against Albany State last week. And linebacker Osband Thompson has 27 tackles in two games. FAMU has been dominated by two teams - Coastal Carolina and Miami (Fla) who aren't a true barometer of where the Rattlers are now.  They do struggle on offense and the defense is a question.  This game could be interesting.

Albany State at Southeastern Univ. - Albany State (0-2, 0-1 SIAC) knew this could happen with the tough starting schedule - the first two games against Division II powerhouse Valdosta State and SIAC rival Tuskegee who they have beaten in four years.  Don't think this team is a slouch though. They've been tough in both games.  Southeastern (2-0) is a good NAIA program that has only lost five games in their three years of competition. Running back Jarrell Reynolds has been over 100 yards in both games and quarterback Jonathan Pearce has been solid.  But Albany State will be their toughest opponent to date.


(Grambling athletic web site)
Grambing at Jackson State - Jackson State will have their hands full this week.  Grambling (1-1) put a real scare in Pac 12 FBS power Arizona last week in a game they easily could have won. DeVante Kincaide has energized the offense at quarterback with eight touchdowns in two games. Jackson State (0-2) has struggled on offense, particularly when trying to run the football.  They've also given up 63 and 40 points in two games so far this year.

Alabama State at Southern - Southern (0-2) is happy to be looking at competition that they are more in line with.  They pushed FBS Louisiana-Monroe in their opener and got stomped by Tulane last week.  The first thing they want to do is get start running back Lenard Tillery off to a better start. He only had 43 yards rushing last week against Tulane after opening the season with 161 yards. Alabama State (0-2) is on the road already for the third time this season. Their two losses have been fairly close against stronger competition also. Khalid Thomas and Derrel King have combined for nearly 200 yards rushing so far this season.
(Alabama A&M athletics site)
Prairie View at Alabama A&M - Alabama A&M  (1-1, 1-0 SWAC) head coach James Spady is happy that his defense has been solid so far this season, especially after shutting out Mississippi Valley State in the second half in last week's win. Prairie View (1-1, 1-0 SWAC) has defeated A&M three straight times.  But only by a combined nine points.  Last year's game - Prairie View won 53-49. Prairie View is smarting from last week's thumping at SEC power Texas A&M, so this might be a wild one.

Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern - Texas Southern (0-2, 0-1 SWAC) has had two four point losses in which they won the first halves but give up leads to lose. Mississippi Valley State (0-2, 0-1).  TSU didnt have dual threat quarterback Jay Christopher last week in their loss to Houston Baptist, as Averion Hurts stepped in.  He has been sacked eight times in two games.  The Delta Devils are looking for their defense to step up after a huge loss to Eastern Michigan and Alabama A&M. They've give up 96 points in two games so far.


UNC Pembroke at Shaw - There's not much you can do when you have amassed minus-3 yards rushing in two games.  But that's one of the primary reasons that Shaw (0-2) has struggled so far. Their third down conversion percentage is 13 percent.  They've scored 13 points. UNC Pembroke (2-0) easily defeated Fayetteville State and won a tough, hard-fought game against Winston-Salem State to open the season.  UNCP plays tough defense, which will cause more problems for Shaw.

Virginia State at Kentucky State - Kentucky State (0-2, 0-1 SIAC) head coach John L. Smith is probably truly realizing that he isn't coaching Michigan State or Louisville anymore.  His team has struggled mightily to move the football and have had trouble stopping anyone on defense.  But Virginia State (2-0) has none of those issues.  They've only given up 19 points in two games and they've run for 501 yards already this season.  Looks like a tough home opener for KSU.

Bowie State at Central Connecticut State - These two teams are again meeting after a close game last year that Central Connecticut State (0-2) won late. Bowie State (1-1, 1-0 CIAA) relied on passing to win that game after CCSU held them to only four rushing yards.  But that's where Bowie State is strong this year.  Running backs Robert Chesson and Maurice Williams have combined for more than 400 yards rushing this season.  Quarterback Amir Hall has also been spectacular, throwing 427 yards and five TDs in their season opener against Seton Hall and 267 yards last week against Johnson C. Smith.

Johnson C. Smith at Wofford - Johnson C. Smith (0-2) doesn't get much of a chance to rebound from last week's 52-0 loss to Bowie State.  They head to FCS Wofford (1-1), a team that managed not to get completely blown out by FBS SEC team Mississippi last week.  JCSU will have to do better than the 98 yards of total offense they had last week if they have any hope of pulling off a major upset. Quarterback Jordan Lane did throw for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Golden Bulls season opening loss to Wingate.

Lincoln (Pa) at Morehead State - Morehead State (0-2) is a team looking for an offensive identity, according to their head coach Rob Tenyer.  After getting crushed by James Madison, they held tough against VMI.  But they struggle to move the ball.  Their defense buckled down last week in that 17-13 loss after giving up 80 points to James Madison.  Lincoln (Pa) (1-1) defeated Lincoln (Mo) last week after allowing Cheyney to end a four year losing drought.  Justin White has been good a quarterback, accounting for four touchdowns this year.  But Morehead State will easily be their toughest opponent so far.

Fayetteville State at Elon - Except for a scoreless first three quarters in their Week 1 loss to Chowan, Fayetteville State (0-2, 0-1 CIAA) proved they can score.  They were dominated last week by UNC Pembroke, but put up 28 points, including 14 in the first quarter.  That's a good thing as Elon (0-2) has struggled to stop anyone and has scored only 20 points in two games.

Virginia Union at Winston-Salem State - Winston-Salem State (1-1) has played two really good teams in UNC Pembroke (a 20-17 loss) and Catawba (a big win over a 22nd ranked team), so they are looking for big things today against a Virginia Union (0-2) team that has gotten good play from quarterback Shawheem Dowdy and running back William Stanback.  The Panthers defense looked solid against LIU Post in the opener, but couldn't keep it together against a really good Newberry team last week.

West Florida at Chowan - Chowan's defense will get challenged this week as NAIA West Florida (2-0), in their first season, looked great last week in their 45-0 win over Ave Maria University. Quarterback Kaleb Noles threw for 503 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, they've scored 45 in both of their first two games.  Chowan (1-1) was held down by Campbell last week as they only mustered 233 yards of offense.  They will likely have to score more than the 14 points they've put up in each of their first two games.

St. Augustine's at North Carolina Central - Division II CIAA St. Augustine's (0-2) represents something North Carolina Central (0-2) hasn't seen all year - an opponent who isn't completely over their heads.  The Eagles have lost big to FBS schools Duke and Western Michigan, so they are looking forward to playing a team that's a little closer to their level.  St. Aug's has only scored 14 points this year, and they've lost big to two teams that were above them in North Carolina A&T and Carson Newman.

Livingstone at Davidson - After getting a win over feisty NAIA Edward Waters last week, Livingstone (1-1) takes two steps up in taking on FCS team Davidson (1-1). Jarius Richardson, who had fell in the end zone to give Benedict the safety they need to win in the season-opener, ran for 150 yards last week and looks to build on that this week.  But Davidson has averaged 242 yards passing using two quarterbacks and they've got a good rusher in Keyan Brown.  They've had problems on defense, particularly against the pass.


Tennessee State at Bethune-Cookman - Tennessee State (2-0) will quickly find out how good they really are.  The Big Blue Tigers have been good against two not so good teams in Arkanas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State.  O'Shay Ackerman-Carter has been solid at quarterback for TSU, averaging nearly 250 yards in two games so far.  Bethune-Cookman (0-1) is smarting from a 41-20 loss to North Texas, but that game didn't really tell the BCU story.  The Wildcats are guided by Larry Brihm at quarterback and on defense by Diquan Richardson who returned an interception for a touchdown, blocked a punt and had nine tackls.

South Carolina State at Clemson - These two in-state rivals have played three times before and the FBS ACC power Clemson (2-0) has been dominant as expected. They only allowed South Carolina State (0-2)  to score in one game (52-13 in 2013) and won the other two 54-0 in 2008 and 2014. Clemson will look to show their dominance again.  Quarterback Caleb York is pretty much the SCSU offense, but he has had to face two FBS foes already in Central Florida and Louisiana Tech.

North Carolina A&T at Tulsa - Fresh off their first win over an FBS team (Kent State last week), North Carolina A&T (2-0) gets another FBS team in Tulsa (1-1). Expect Tulsa to be tougher than Kent State. Tulsa has a good running back in D'Angelo Brewer and has a defense that's stiff against the run. A&T's Tarik Cohen has continued to be Tarik Cohen as he had over 100 yards rushing and receiving last week. This looks to be one of the better FBS-HCBU FCS matchups this year.

Howard vs. Hampton (Nation's Football Classic, Washington, D.C.) - These two winless teams will be glad to get back to competition on their level.  Howard has been thrashed by FBS schools Maryland and Rutgers while Hampton fought well against William & Mary last week and struggled to slow down Old Dominion.  Now we get to see how these two really stack up this season.  Hampton's offense is balanced with quarterback Jaylian Williamson averaging close to 200 yards a game passing and running backs Yahkee Johnson and Eric Carter combining for 261 yards in two games.  Hoawrd has struggled on offense, averaging 13.5 points in their two games.  The defense has been gashed, allowing more than 50 points in both games. Anthony Philyaw has been a bright spot, averaging 82.5 yards a game rushing.  This game will REALLY tell where these two teams are this year.
Norfolk State at William & Mary - Norfolk State (1-1) ends their non-conference schedule today with a tough game at 13th ranked William & Mary (1-1), a team that defeated Hampton last week, but only after the Pirates jumped out to an early lead.  William & Mary was a FCS playoff team last year, that returns the bulk of a talented team, including quarterback Steve Cluely and running back Kendell Anderson.  NSU quarterback Greg Hankerson will look to get back on track after a terrible day last week in which he had just 59 yards of total offense.


Indiana (Pa) at Cheyney -

Qunicy at Lincoln (Mo.) -

Texas College at McMurry -

West Virginia Wesleyan at West Virginia State - West Virginia State (1-1, 1-1 MEC) blew out West Virginia Wesleyan last year, but they are wary of this 0-2 team. In two games this season, WVWU has been fairly close and are led by running back Michael Anderson, who rushed for 157 yards last week, and quarterback Ryan Deal.  But last year, WVSU held Anderson to 29 yards rushing. WVSU quarterback Matt Kinnick, who had his biggest day career-wise against Wesleyan last season, is back after a victory limited him last week.