Sunday, September 15, 2013

Savannah State Surprises Fort Valley State; Bethune-Cookman Gets First FBS Win; Other HBCU Scores


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Antonio Bostick's two fourth quarter touchdowns led Savannah State to a surprising 27-20 win over Fort Valley State Saturday.

Savannah State (1-2) had been hammered 143-12 in their two previous games against Georgia Southern and Troy this season and is coming off a 1-10 season last year.  But new coach Ernest Wilson's "Air Raid" offense finally clicked Saturday as Bostick passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing TD.

The Tigers had fallen behind Fort Valley State (0-2) after two first quarter Eugene Wilson touchdown runs. The Tigers tied it up by halftime when Lereginal Veals returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and Bostick threw his first touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Simon Heyward.

Smith threw another touchdown pass, a 22-yard toss to Donte Warren to put Fort Valley up 20-13 in the third.  But Bostick opened up the final frame an 11-yard touchdown pass and sealed the victory with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Savannah State won despite only having 17 yards rushing all day.

Smith led Fort Valley State, one of the top teams in the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with 230 yards passing while Malcolm Eady had 80 yards on the ground.

Savannah State heads to Florida to face the University of Miami while Fort Valley State opens their SIAC season at Clark Atlanta.

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Jamin Godrey's Four Field Goals Lifts Tennessee State to 26-16 Win Over Jackson State

It was hardly pretty for the Tennessee State offense, but the Big Blue Tigers, behind four Jamin Godfrey field goals, defeated Jackson State 26-16 in the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis.

On a night TSU could only find the end zone one time (on a third quarter Michael German touchdown run), Godfrey secured the Tigers second win of the season.  Godfrey hit field goals of 26, 23, 29 and 42 yards.  Daniel Fitzpatrick picked off a Clayton Moore pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to seal the win.  It was the second interception return for a touchdown for TSU (Ryan Griffin took one 78 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter).

Telvin Hooks had 92 yards rushing for TSU while Tim Broughton added 91.  Moore completed ten passes for Jackson State, but had four interceptions.

Tennessee State opens Ohio Valley Conference action Saturday at Tennessee Tech while Jackson State hosts Texas Southern.

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Dray Joseph Touchdown Pass Gives Southern 62-59 Double Overtime Win Over Prairie View

In a wild game that had nearly 1,400 yards of total offense, Dray Joseph threw a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime to lift Southern to a wild 62-59 come-from-behind win over Prairie View.

Prairie View (1-2) seemingly-comfortably led Southern (1-2) 35-13 late in the third quarter.  But over the next eight minutes, Lenard Tillery had two touchdown runs and Joseph threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded touchdowns, with Joseph sending the game into overtime with 50 left in the game, on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Willie Quinn.  Both teams got touchdowns in the first overtime, but Prairie View could only muster a field goal before Joseph's game-wining pass in the final overtime.

Joseph had a monster game with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns. Tillery finished with 75 yards rushing and three touchdowns.  Prairie View's Jerry Lovelocke had 353 yards passing and a touchdown while Panthers running backs Courtney Brown had 224 yards and three touchdowns and Johnta' Hebert finished with 153 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Anthony Jordan Leads Bethune-Cookman to 34-14 Win Over Florida International

Anthony Jordan had a touchdown and 150 yards rushing to lead Bethune-Cookman to their first ever victory over a Football Bowl Series (formerly Division I) team, a 34-13 romp over Florida International University.

Jordan set the tone early with a 58-yard touchdown run early in the game. The Wildcats rushing attack piled up 311 yards on the ground against FIU (0-3).  FIU answered in the second quarter with an 8-yard T.J. Lowder touchdown catch from Jake Medlock.  But the Wildcats scored 27 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

Bethune-Cookman has the daunting task next Saturday of visiting Florida State while FIU is at Louisville.



Old Dominion 76, Howard 19
Liberty 38, Morgan State 10
Towson 49, Delaware State 7
South Carolina State 32, Alabama A&M 0
North Carolina A&T 23, Elon 10
Tennessee Tech 30, Hampton 27


Tennessee State 26, Jackson State 16
Lincoln (Mo.) 47, Grambling 34
Alabama State 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39
Alcorn State 35, Mississippi Valley 28
Sam Houston State 55, Texas Southern 17
Samford 27, Florida A&M 20


North Carolina Central 40, Charlotte 13
Tusculum 54, Elizabeth City State 41
Wingate 24, St. Augustine's 3
Johnson C. Smith 51, Bowie State 34
UNC-Pembroke 38, Fayetteville State 24
Catawba 42, Livingstone 16
Winston Salem State 62, Virginia-Lynchburg 8
Shaw 33, Virginia Union 21


Kentucky State 38, Central State 17
Lane 31, Morehouse 17
Benedict 30, Virginia State 17
Stillman 27, Clark Atlanta 6
Tuskegee 19, Albany State 13
West Georgia 31, Miles 7


Incarnate Word 24, Langston 0

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