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Bethune-Cookman has answered any questions about who rules the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conferenc right now.
Quarterback Quentin Williams threw for a touchdown and ran another early as the Wildcats then let a suffocating defense do its work as they defeated South Carolina State 14-3 in a huge homecoming game in Florida Saturday.
Williams threw a four-yard TD to Isadore Jackson in the fourth quarter and then added a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the battle of the MEAC's only two undefeated teams in the conference.
Bethune-Cookman's defense was the story of the day as they only allowed South Carolina State 65 yards rushing and 78 yards passing. The Bulldogs got inside the Bethune-Cookman 25-yard line five times, but was denied touchdowns each time.
Bethune-Cookman (7-1, 4-0 MEAC) now has sole possession of first place in the conference. They take visit North Carolina Central next Saturday. South Carolina State (5-3, 3-1) sees their four-game winning streak end and settle into second place in the MEAC. They are at Savannah State next weekend.
Garappolo Throws Four TD's as Eastern Illinois Cruises to 34-15 Win Over Tennessee State
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Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garaoppolo threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers, Division I-FCS's No. 2 team, led by as many as 25 points to defeat Tennessee State 34-16 in a huge Ohio Valley Conference battle on homecoming day in Nashville.
Eastern Illinois' high flying offense piled up 567 total yards on a Tennessee State defense that had been giving up only half that much all season long. They didnt take very long to show their stuff. Garoppolo threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Keiondre Gober early in the first quarter. Shepard Little added a 21-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter before Garoppolo threw another TD pass, this time a 34-yarder to Jeff LePak, to give Eastern Illinois a 21-3 halftime lead.
Garoppolo added another TD pass to Gober early in the third quarter to push their lead to 28-3, and putting the game out of reach.
Little finished with 138 yards rushing and a touchdown while Gober was one of three Eastern Illinois receivers to have more than 100 yards receiving. Gober had 126 yards and two touchdowns, Erik Lora caught ten passes for 105 yards and LePak had 112 yards and a touchdown.
TSU's Ronald Butler threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns while running back Tim Broughton led the Tigers ground game with 93 yards. Starting quarterback, senior Michael German, didnt play due to a sprained shoulder. TSU's two losses have come when German hasn't played.
Tennessee State (7-2, 4-1 in the OVC) drops to second place in the conference with the loss. They head to Eastern Kentucky next weekend. Eastern Illinois (7-1, 4-0) visits Tennessee Tech.
Texas Southern Defeats Grambling in Overtime 23-17
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In probably the most watched game of two teams who had won a combined one game, Texas Southern came back from an early 10-point deficit to defeat Grambling 23-17 in overtime Saturday.
Grambling players were playing their first game after boycotting football for a week over frustrations over their facilities conditions, travel and other issues. The Tigers storied football program was winless this season after going 1-10 last year and is on their third coach this season. The boycott created a huge national stir that showed how players have a voice in how they are treated.
Grambling came out firing for the hometown crowd as D.J. Williams threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to Chester Rogers less than two minutes into the game. After TSU scored a touchdown, Williams added a 60-yard TD pass to Anthony McGhee to give Grambling an early 14-3 first quarter-lead. The Tigers added a field goal to go up 17-7 early in the second quarter.
Texas Southern added a field goal just before halftime and then a touchdown to tie the game when Jamal Small, who replace injured starter Homer Causey, threw a 21-yard TD pass to Jaquaa Peters in the midway in the fourth quarter.
In overtime, Small won the game with a three-yard touchdown run.
Grambling senior linebacker Steve Orisake said that even though the Tigers lost, the past two weeks have been good overall for the school.
"I surely would do it all again,'' Orisakwe said. ''Nothing was in vain. This brought our school and our family and our team together.''
Small finished 6-of-7 passing for 76 yards while Edward Perkins-Loving had 100 yards rushing for Texas Southern. Causey had 124 yards passing and 64 yards rushing and a TD before he was injured.
Williams, son of former head coach Doug Williams, had 261 yards and two touchdowns passing while Jestin Kelly rushed for 94 yards.
Texas Southern (2-6, 2-5) hosts Southern next Saturday while Grambling (0-9, 0-6) hosts Mississippi Valley State.
Here's a recap of ALL the HBCU football scores from Saturday:
- Benedict 29, Morehouse 26
- Albany State 39, Clark Atlanta 7
- Fort Valley 52, Concordia-Selma 19
- Tuskegee 36, Kentucky State 7
- Texas Southern 23, Grambling 17 (OT)
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff 38, Mississippi Valley State 18
- Alabama State 31, Alabama A&M 7
- Jackson State 51, Prairie View 38
- Alcorn State 44, Southern 38 (OT)
- Elizabeth City State 37, Chowan 31
- Fayetteville State 43, St. Augustine's 19
- Virginia State 34, Lincoln (Pa) 14
- Winston-Salem State 40, Livingstone 0
- Shaw 39, Johnson C. Smith 33
- Bowie State 34, Virginia Union 7
- Howard 28, Morgan State 14
- Hampton 30, Delaware State 7
- Old Dominion 27, Norfolk State 24
- North Carolina A&T 20, Florida A&M 13
- North Carolina Central 24, Savannah State 10
- Fort Hays 45, Lincoln (Mo.) 35
- Virginia-Wise 18, West Virginia State 10
- Bloomsburg 35, Cheyney 7
- Langston 53, Oklahoma Baptist 7