Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alabama State Shuts Down Texas Southern; A Look at EVERY HBCU Football Game From Sept. 27

Alabama State's Andre Wilson pursues TSU quarterback Jamal Small (photo by Lloyd Gallman/Montgomery Advertiser)

Daniel Duhart Throws Two TDs and Rushes for Two More to Lead Alabama State Past Texas Southern

Daniel Duhart threw for 209 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more while the Alabama State defense shut down the SWAC's top offense to knock off previously undefeated Texas Southern 38-3

In the battle of the SWAC's top teams in the east and west divisions, Alabama State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC) scored on each of their first six possessions - three Clark Preston field goals, and Duhart's 25-yard touchdown run and 40-yard touchdown pass to DeMario Bell - to go up 23-3 by halftime.  Aside from Texas Southern's 17-play second quarter drive that resulted in their field goal, the Tigers punted three times and turned the ball over on their five first quarter possessions.  Their second half was much of the same with three punts, two fumbles and a safety on their seven drives.

Alabama State terrorized TSU quarterback Jamal Small all night, only allowing him 93 yards passing and minus-4 yards rushing, sacking him six times and picking him off once. ASU's Daerius Washington had ten tackles, two sacks and Kourtney Berry added nine tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries. Torrey Davis forced two fumbles, had a sack and had seven tackles.

"Coach [Kevin] Ramsey coached a lot of those guys [while he was at Texas Southern] and recruited a lot of them and he kind of knew what the can and can not do," said ASU head coach Reggie Barlow. "I thought he had an outstanding game plan together to force them to get the ball out of the [quarterbacks'] hands quick.

"We were really worried about them running around, but our guys did a good job of containing and sustaining the edge," he added.  "We were able to get some sacks and some turnovers and our defense really played combative and that's exactly how you want to play it."

The SWAC's leading rusher, the Hornets' Malcolm Cyrus, picked up 118 yards, his fourth straight 100-yard game. ASU's defense held the conference's second leading rusher, Daveonn Porter to just 43 yards on the night.

Alabama State heads to Alcorn State Thursday, Oct. 2 while Texas Southern (4-1, 2-1 SWAC) hosts Mississippi Valley State Saturday.

Bethune-Cookman Holds Off Florida Tech 34-33
(photo from BCU Athletics)

Florida Tech turned out to be their own worst enemy as their two fourth quarter fumbles were converted to touchdowns by Quentin Williams to give Bethune-Cookman a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Division II Florida Tech 34-33.

Florida Tech's Mark Cato threw his third touchdown pass of the day, a 43-yarder to Mike Bass with 19 seconds left in the game to pull within one.  The Panthers went for the win, attempting a short pass for the two-point conversion, but it was picked off by BCU linebacker Donald Smith to hold of the Panthers and preserve the win.

“We were playing a Division I opponent on the road,” FIU head coach Steve Englhart told the Daytona Beach News Journal. “I just wanted to win and not do the overtime thing if I could help it. With us on a short week and playing Thursday (against Delta State in their Gulf South Conference opener), I didn't want to play any longer.”
"All I know is we won," B-CU head coach Brian Jenkins told the Daytona News-Journal.  "Good, bad, ugly, whatever. A win is a win. I don't think at the end of the day they judge how pretty the win was."

Anthony Jordan rushed for two touchdowns, both in the second quarter. His last put the Wildcats up 20-7.  But over the next 20 minutes, starting just before halfitme, Mark Cato and Aaron George hooked up for two touchdown passes and Brion Ashley nailed two field goals to take a 27-20 lead early in the fourth quarter. 

That's when Florida Tech got fumblitis.

"I just think our team lost focus. When we thought we were going to win the game, we just lost focus," Englehart told Florida Today. "We did not execute down the stretch and we had a chance to win the game, and the players know we had a chance to win the game. But I am proud of the way they played."

Here are the scores and a rundown of EVERY HBCU football game from Saturday, Sept. 27:


Virginia Union 27, Johnson C. Smith 26 (Kenneth Graham's 37-yard touchdown pass to Jussie York with .09 seconds left gave Virginia Union the come-back win.  VUU had been down 11 midway through the fourth quarter when Graham threw his first fourth-quarter TD, followed later by the game-winner. Graham had 230 yards and three TDs passing.  JCSU's Keahn Wallace threw for 231 yards and two touchdows)

Livingstone 36, Bowie State 33 (Winless Bowie State gave undefeated Livingstone all they could handle, plus some.  But Livingstone scored the final ten points of a wild game, culminated by Leonardo Manzo's 25-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Livingstone the win.  Livingstone's Drew Powell threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards)

Shaw 38, Lincoln (Pa) 27 (Trey Folston threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns to lead Shaw over an improving Lincoln (Pa) squad. His favorite receiver, Nick Jones, had a school-record 212 yards receiving. Lincoln's Doug Cook threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns)

St. Augustine's 33, Chowan 31 (Cyril Davis threw a 68-yard TD to Claytin Lewis to give St. Aug's their first win of the season. The game ended as it began as Davis threw two first quarter TDs to lead St. Aug's to a first-quarter 17-0 lead. Lewis had six catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. DaSean Martin rushed for 123 yards and a TD for Chowan)

Virginia State 35, Fayetteville State 14 (Trey Johnson ran for 125 yards and touchdown while Tarian Ayers was 22-for-30 passing for 218 yards and a touchdown to lead VSU to an easy win. Andre Montgomery rushed for 70 yards and two TDs for 0-4 Fayetteville State)

Winston-Salem State 35, Elizabeth City State 7 (Winston-Salem's offense struggled through the first half, but punted only twice in the second half to pull away from ECSU.  Rudy Johnson threw two touchdown passes to give WSSU a 14-point lead, followed by a Phil Sims TD toss and Tyree Massey touchdown run to seal the victory)


JSU's LaMontiez Ivy eludes UAPB tacklers (photo by Jackson State athletics media)
Jackson State 33, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 30 (OT) (Ivy LaMontiez ran a 15-yard touchdown in overtime to lift Jackson State to the win. UAPB's Benjamin Anderson turned a budding blowout into a thriller with two touchdown passes in the third quarter. He finished with 256 yards passing and 135 yards rushing and another touchdown)

Alcorn State 56, Southern 16 (Anthony Williams III rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Darryan Ragsdale ran for another 125 yards plus a TD to lead a 410-yard rushing day as 4-1 Alcorn State puts up 682 yards of offense on the Jaguars)

Alabama A&M 42, Mississippi Valley State 20 (In a wild first quarter, Alabama A&M countered MVSU's opening drive touchdown with 21 first quarter points of their own.  Alabama A&M scored 28 points off turnovers. The Bulldogs Anthony Lanier had eight tackles, a forced fumble, 2.5 sacks and for tackles for loss.  David Dagrin had 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss)

Grambling State 26, Prairie View A&M 20 (Grambling's Johnathan Williams threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers go to 2-0 in the SWAC for the first time since....  It's also the first time since 2011 that they've won back-to-back games)

Aggies quaarteback Kwashaun Quick makes a move (photo by NCAT Sports Information)
North Carolina A&T 38, Howard 22 (Howard whittled down a 28-7 lead to 28-22 late in the third quarter, but the Aggies held them off for the win. Freshman Marquell Cartwright rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns.  Howard's Greg McGhee threw for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for 93 yards and another touchdown)

Tennessee State 27, Florida A&M 7 (Gabe Terry have five tackles, three sacks and three tackles for loss to lead a TSU defense that continued its hard nosed ways. They had seven sacks, two interceptions - one returned for a touchdown - forced a fumble that was returned for another touchdown, and had 12 tackles for loss)

Delaware State 35, Savannah State 10 (Delaware State cruised after 28 first quarter points, two on Gilbert Rivera touchdown passes, to keep Savannah State winless. For the game,  Delaware State scored 28 points off turnovers - three of those Savannah State fumbles in the first quarter.  SSU did pick off four Hornets passes)

Norfolk State 15, Morgan State 14 (Morgan State rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to go up 14-9.  But NSU marched down the field late with a 14-play, 4:26 minute drive that culminated in a Tyler Clark ran a 1-yard TD with 29 seconds left to give the Spartans the win. Herb Walker Jr. had 111 yards and a TD rushing for Morgan State. Norfolk State only allowed 38 yards passing)

South Carolina State 17, Hampton 10 (SCSU's head coach Buddy Pough got his 100th win on the legs of Jalen "Scoot" Simmons (129 yards and a touchdown rushing, his third-straight 100-yard rushing game) and the strength of a bend-but-dont break defense.  Jorrian Washington rushed for 176 yards and had Hampton's only touchdown. His brother, Jaylen, was picked off twice and was sacked four times)


Morehouse's Lake McGuffie snags a pass (photo by Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle)

Morehouse 20, Paine 10 (Paine slowed down one of nation's top 50 Division II passing offenses in Morehouse and Morehouse slowed down one of the SIAC's top scoring offenses in winless, but competitive Paine.  The game was tied at 10 in the fourth.  Paine's Loranzo Hammonds threw an interception that Joshua Burton returned 30 yards for a TD and putting the game out of reach)

Tuskegee 44, Lane 3 (Tuskegee scored on five of their first seven drives, four of them touchdowns, to jump out to an insurmountable 30-3 halftime lead. Two of those TDs were by Hoderick Lowe, who had 131 yards rushing. Quarterbacks Justin Nared and Kevin Lacey were a combined 14-of-18 for 241 yards and two TDs. Lane has never defeated Tuskegee in twenty tries)

West Georgia 42, Clark Atlanta 2 (Seth Hinsley rushed for two first half touchdowns as West Georgia rushed out to a 28-2 first half lead. Clark Atlanta only mustered 156 yards of offense, only 37 of that through the air)

Stillman 34, Kentucky State 20 (A 20-point Stillman second quarter, highlighted by Josh Straughan's two TD passes, proved to be the difference in this game. Jovontae Thurmon had 95 yards and three touchdowns  Adam Robinson had a solid game for Kentucky State as he passed for 272 yards and two touchdowns, though he threw two picks that were converted to touchdowns)

Delta State 72, Central State 8 (After being thrashed 40-3 by Morehouse last week, Central State ran into the fifth best passing team and fifth best offense overall in Division II in 13th-ranked Delta State.  Delta State punted just twice all day as they rolled up 542 yards of offense)

Fort Valley State 33, Benedict 30 (In a see-saw battle, Juan Serna kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ran out to give FVSU the win. Benedict's Cameron Stover had thrown a 51-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 remaining to tie the game. Otis Brown came off the bench to throw for 156 yards and two touchdowns for Fort Valley State. Stover passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns)

Albany State 14, Miles 7 (Jarvis Small rushed for 106 yards and Tavarius Washington had 13 tackles and a forced fumble for Albany State in a tough defensive battle. The difference in the game turned out to be ASU's Frank Holton's 97-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, giving the Golden Rams a 14-0 lead.  Demetric Price threw for 148 yards and Miles' only touchdown)


Hardin-Simmons 30, Langston 29 (Langston's fourth quarter come-back fell short when Mark Wright Jr. was picked off with 27 seconds left in the game. Langston had been down 30-16 heading into the fourth quarter)

Panhandle State 70, Texas College (NAIA) 27
Kutztown 74, Cheyney 0
Truman State 29, Lincoln (Mo) 20
Fairmont State 24, West Virginia State 12

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