Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuskegee Routs Stillman; Grambling Wins Fifth Straight; Tennessee State Loses Again; Rundown of ALL HBCU Football Action From Saturday


Tuskegee quarterback Kevin Lacey (Photo by Alex Cesare/Tuscaloosa News)

Last week, Stillman's Josh Straughan threw for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns in a win, setting up what looked to be an interesting, high-flying matchup with Tuskegee this weekend as the Golden Tigers scored 49 themselves in shutting out Morehouse the week prior.

Well, one half of that happened.

Tuskegee scored 42 first half points, with Hoderick Rowe rushing for three first-half TDs, to shut down Stillman whose four-game winning streak ended with a thud, 61-19.  Kevin Lacey threw two first-half TDs in a game that was decided early. 

Staughan struggled, as he threw for just 132 yards and was picked off twice. He did throw two touchdowns and ran for another.

Stillman was looking to make a bid to lead the SIAC West in a huge game between two teams who had both been undefeated in conference play.  Now Stillman will be looking for some help if they hope to get into the SIAC title game.

"This was a difficult contest against a quality program,” Stillman coach Teddy Keaton told the Tuscaloosa News. “The one thing I told the players after the game is that this is just one game and we have to bounce back next week.”

Tuskegee (5-2, 4-0 SIAC) has scored 189 in the last four games.  They host Kentucky State next week. Stillman (4-3, 3-1) is now tied for second with Miles in the SIAC West. They visit Central State next Saturday.

Grambling Stays Undefeated in the SWAC, Defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-39
Grambling broke open a four-point game midway through the second quarter to go up by 31 nearly a quarter later to run away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-39 Saturday.  The win keeps one of the hottest teams - and biggest surprises - in HBCU football undefeated in the conference play.

Now 5-3 overall and 5-0 in the SWAC, you would think that Grambling head coach Brandon Fobbs would be on top of the world after the latest G-Men performance.


"Maybe my bar is a little too high but sometimes people look at the score and think, 'they're really clicking,' but I think we can play better than that," Fobbs told the Monroe News Star. "(Pine Bluff) did a good job keeping the ball away from us so we had to make sure we possessed the football and kept our defense off the field in the second half."

It was a big offensive day for Grambling, nonetheless.

Johnathan Williams threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and added 52 yards and two more touchdowns rushing.  Verlon Hunter caught two of those touchdown passes, one of them a 73-yarder. Juwan Martin added two rushing touchdowns.

Grambling's senior defensive back Tyree Hollins, who had six tackles and two interceptions Saturday, said the memory of last year's game walkout, coaching dismissals and overall dismal play is enough motivation to keep winning.

"We have a bunch of players that are hungry who do not want to go back to what we have been through from last year," he said.

Meanwhile, UAPB's Benjamin Anderson and had another huge day, throwing for 467 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 66 yards and another two touchdowns.  He asks UAPB fans for a little more patience for his one-win team.
“I know everybody’s upset,” UAPB quarterback Ben Anderson said. “They can’t understand what’s the reason (for the struggles). We’ve got a lot of youth. People who sat out last year are now getting back, just getting into rhythm. And we’re just learning to be a team in the middle of the season.” - See more at:
I know everybody’s upset,” UAPB quarterback Ben Anderson said. “They can’t understand what’s the reason (for the struggles). We’ve got a lot of youth. People who sat out last year are now getting back, just getting into rhythm. And we’re just learning to be a team in the middle of the season.” - See more at:

"I know everybody's upset," Anderson told the Pine Bluff Comercial after UAPB lost their fourth straight. "They can't understand what's the reason. We've got a lot of youth. People who sat out last year are now getting back, just getting into rhythm. And we're just learning to be a team in the middle of the season."

Grambling is off next week before a big game on Nov. 1 at Texas Southern. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is the homecoming visitor for Texas Southern next week.
“I know everybody’s upset,” UAPB quarterback Ben Anderson said. “They can’t understand what’s the reason (for the struggles). We’ve got a lot of youth. People who sat out last year are now getting back, just getting into rhythm. And we’re just learning to be a team in the middle of the season.” - See more at:

Tennessee State Loses Third Straight, 21-16 to UT-Martin
TSU's Samquan Evans hits UTM QB Jarod Neal (photo by George Walker IV/The Tennessean)

Tennessee State dropped their third straight game, the first time they've lost three consecutive games since 2011, this time to UT-Martin 21-16.

The Tigers (4-4, 1-3 OVC) played strong defense, only allowing 210 yards of offense to UT-Martin (3-5, 2-3).  TSU's Michael German threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns.  But he threw a second quarter interception that UTM's Keith Jones returned 42 yards for a Skyhawk touchdown.  TSU only managed three points through the first three quarters and was behind 21-3 heading into the final stanza.

German's two touchdowns came early and then late in the fourth quarter.  The Tigers' offense wasn't consistent, with five three-and-outs on the day while they were 4-for-14 on third down.  The TSU running game again had a terrible day.  They only had 53 yards rushing.

Head coach Rod Reed told The Tennessean that another appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs will now be tough to achieve this season.

"All the seniors can strive for now is to be 8-4, and then you let the chips fall where they may," Reed said. "There were some 8-4 teams that got into the playoffs last year, but we're facing the meat of our schedule. We've got to go play a tough Eastern Illinois team next week and then come back and play a tough Eastern Kentucky team. Those are two of the better teams in our conference."

Tennessee State visits one of the better FCS teams in Eastern Illinois next week. UT-Martin 

Here is a complete rundown of ALL of Saturday's HBCU football action:


Alcorn State 40, Texas Southern 25 (Alcorn State's 40 point first half, led by John Gibbs Jr.'s three touchdown passes was all they needed to slow down the high scoring Texas Southern squad that has now lost two of their last three after opening with four straight wins. Gibbs finished with 244 yards passing to go with his three touchdowns and another TD rushing, while Aaron Baker ran for 89 yards and a touchdown. Texas Southern had averaged close to 400 yards of offense a game.  They only got 319 against Alcorn State)

Prairie View A&M 52, Mississippi Valley State 19 (Prairie View isn't one of the highest scoring teams in the SWAC, but they put up 52 points on of the SWAC's worst scoring defenses. The Prairie View defense shut out MVSU for the games first three quarters while Jerry Lovelocke threw three touchdown passes, two to Greg Thurmond, and Chris Barick hit three goals, during that span. Down 52-0 heading into the fourth quarter, Patrick Ivy threw two TD passes and ran for another in their 19-point fourth quarter. Johnta Hebert rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown and he returned the game's opening kickoff 95 yards for another touchdown. Julian Stafford caught 8 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns)


Winston-Salem State 36, St. Augustine's 13 (Phil Sims threw for 173 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 completions as the Rams continued their roll through the CIAA.  The 6-1 Rams jumped out to a 21-6 lead early and cruised to the win. Maurice Lewis rushed for two touchdowns. Interestingly, quarterback Rudy Johnson threw three interceptions. Quarterback Cyril Davis led St. Augustine's with 237 yards and a touchdown in the air while Roderick Davenport added 76 yards rushing.  In six games this season, the St. Aug's defense has given up at least 30 points - and 30 is the least any one has scored against St. Aug's - in all of them)

Elizabeth City State 27, Lincoln (Pa) 26 (Elizabeth City State got their first road win this season by spoiling Lincoln's homecoming with a Petey Boone 2-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the game. Lincoln got to the ECSU 40 before Edward McKenzie's deep pass was picked off with 1:10 left.  ECSU's Kenny King ran for 161 yards and two TDs to lead the Vikings. Boone ran for two short touchdowns.  McKenize ran for 95 yards and passed for only 66, throwing a touchdown and two interceptions)   

Livingstone 21, Shaw 20 (Drew Powell ran a 30-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to help Livingstone hold off a game Shaw squad. The most important thing for Livingstone is the win breaks a two-game losing streak that came after they opened the season with four straight wins. The Livingstone defense, which had been giving up 37 points a game, held Trey Folson, the CIAA's leading passer, in check. Folston only had 84 yards passing and threw two interceptions.  Powell threw for 267 yards and two TDs (and three interceptions) in a close game. Jalen Hendricks caught 15 passes for 212 yards and a TD.  Shaw, which lost its third in a row, was led by a monster ground effort by Marqui Grizzle.  Grizzle rushed 29 times for 222 yards, including a 65-yarder touchdown romp. He had two TDs)

Virginia State 24, Bowie State 14 (Virginia State picks up their fifth straight win even though Bowie State only gave up 186 yards in offense to the Trojans. Bowie State was up 14-0 midway through the third quarter, but were outscored 24-0 to lose.  VSU's Tarian Ayers only threw for 139 yards, but tossed two touchdown passes while Kavon Bellamy rushed for 72 yards. Trevon Bennett threw for 208 yards and a touchdown for Bowie State.  BSU's Christopher Townsend had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble) 

Fayetteville State 34, Johnson C. Smith 14 (Jemeryn Jenkins' 173 yards and two touchdowns passing led a balanced Fayetteville State offense to the Broncos' third straight win. Corbin Rascoe rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns while Andre Montgomery also rushed for 74 yards. Johnson C. Smith's two third quarter touchdowns were the first points they've scored since their 27-26 loss to Virginia Union on Sept. 27. The Golden Bulls had only been averaging 8.6 points a game this season as they've been shut out three times)

Virginia Union 40, Chowan 29 (The first two and a half minutes had the world thinking about a big upset as Chowan led 7-0.  But the real Virginia Union stood up and scored 34 unanswered points to quickly put away the game. Chowan's defense was no match for VUU as the Panthers churned out 545 yards of total offense to go to 6-1. Kenneth Graham threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns while Cassious McDowell rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown. Chowan's Dain McFarland threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. The 94 yards Chowan rushed for on the day was the most Virginia Union has given up on the ground since their season-opening loss to Charleston (W.Va) when they gave up 236 yards. The Panthers have the nation's seventh-best rushing defense)

Norfolk State 21, Hampton 13 (The high-octane passing game didn't come from Connell Maynor's Hampton Pirates. It came from Norfolk State. Hampton came into the game with the MEAC's top passing offense, but Norfolk State, which has the MEAC's second-best pass defense, shut that down, only allowing Jaylian Williamson and Bryan Bailey 109 passing yards and a touchdown.  Meanwhile, Terrance Ervin led Norfolk State with 335 yards and three touchdowns passing)

North Carolina A&T 33, Delaware State 20 (North Carolina A&T ran a touchdown, blocked a punt and ran it in for a touchdowns, returned an interception for a touchdown and kicked a field goal, all in a first half that they led 24-0. Delaware State scored three fourth quarter touchdowns, but the game was already decided. Tarik Cohen had 144 yards rushing for A&T, his second consecutive 100-yard rushing day. The Aggies have won five of their last six games and are 6-2, 3-2 in the MEAC)

Florida A&M 31, Howard 28 (Their season may be a dismal one so far, but Florida A&M they are turning into a factor in the MEAC race.  The Rattlers aren't eligible for the title this year, but they are 2-1 (0-4 outside of the MEAC though) after defeating Greg McGhee and Howard. After Howard returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown, FAMU's Damien Fleming went to work. He threw two first half touchdown passes and then rushed for two more in the third quarter to give the Rattlers a 31-7 lead midway through the third quarter. McGhee threw three TD passes from that point on, but it was too late. McGhee threw for 258 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 141 yards)

Morgan State 21, North Carolina Central 20 (Robert Council's 15-yard touchdown pass to Andrew King capped a 14-point fourth quarter comeback that lifted the Bears to a big homecoming win.  They went into the fourth quarter down 20-7, but first got a Herb Walker Jr. touchdown run and then Council's pass.  Council passed for 104 yards and a touchdown, but rushed for 122 yards and another touchdown. Morgan is 3-1 in MEAC and tied for second with three other teams in the conference standings. The Bears visit Villanova next week before the final four regular season games with Hampton, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and Delaware State)

Bethune-Cookman 48, Savannah State 20 (The 6-1, 3-0 in the MEAC, Wildcats blew open a 7-7 first quarter game, with quarterback Larry Brimh throwing for two touchdowns and running for another one to give BCU a 28-7 halftime lead from which they cruised the rest of the way. Brimh thew for 222 yards and three TDs while Danny Dillard's 87 rushing yards led a Wildcats running game that piled up 289 yards and four touchdowns. Bethune-Cookman heads to South Carolina State for a huge MEAC contest next week. Savannah State will look for their first win of the season next week at North Carolina Central)

Albany State 31, Morehouse 14 (Morehouse saw its SIAC championship hopes take a nose dive as the SIAC's leader passer and total offense leader, Monquavious Johnson, couldn't play, leaving the Morehouse offense struggling most of the day. Meanwhile, a much larger and quicker Albany State squad capitalized on turnovers. ASU's Jarvis Small rushed for 130 yards - his fifth-straight 100-yard game - and a touchdown, while Frank Rivers threw for 240 yards and a TD. Tavarius Washington had six tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, had a sack and two tackles for losses. Morehouse QB Jordan Tarver threw two TDs to Devon Mann)

Central State 31, Concordia (Ala) 6 (It was a good homecoming day for the Marauders who won their first game since their season-opener more than a month ago which was also their last home game. Deandre Grant rushed for 142 yards to lead Central State's 274 ground assault. Michael Wilson rushed for two touchdowns and threw another)

Miles 19, Kentucky State 13 (Miles moved into a SIAC West second-place tie with Stillman in defeating KSU. Miles had a shutout going until Kentucky State scored two TDs in the game's final two minutes. Ora Johnson, who threw those two TD passes, finished with 180 yards in the air. The Miles defense had five sacks and held the conference's leading rusher, Jacquese Lockett. to only 74 yards rushing.  Miles' David Whipple rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns.)

Paine 38, Edward Waters 14 (Paine's homecoming was a happy affair as the Lions got their first regular season, intercollegiate win since 1962. This is the first season of regular season competition since 1962. Paine erased a 14-0 second quarter deficit with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and an interception return for a touchdown. Paine's Austin Beamus caught six passes for 89 yards and a TD)

Benedict 21, Clark Atlanta 10 (Cameron Stover had three first half touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, as Benedict broke a three-game losing streak. The CAU defense held Benedict 257 yards of total offense all day, Stover suffered a concussion and didnt play in the second half, as the Benedict offense bogged down. But CAU's league worst passing game - they only had 57 yards passing Saturday - couldn't help them to come back. Montavious Taylor did have 100 yards rushing and a touchdown for CAU.)

Fort Valley State 24, Limestone 19 (Limestone gave Fort Valley State a fight as they were only down by one midway through the third quarter. But ten Fort Valley State points over the next 15 minutes gave the gave the Wildcats an important win. FVSU moved ahead of Morehouse in the SIAC East is only a game behind Albany State, who they play in the final game of the regular season. Jalen White rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wildcats while Limestone's Jonathan Clark threw for 224 yards and a two TDs.)


Langston 38, Wayland Baptist 7 (The Lions of the NAIA's Central States Football League picked up their third straight win by easily handling Wayland Baptist on homecoming day.  Langston, now 4-3, leads the CSFL with a 2-0 record and is off next weekend before they take on high-scoring Oklahoma Panhandle State, an NCAA Division II team that averages 48 points and has won five straight games. During their five-game winning streak, the fewest points that Oklahoma Panhandle has scored is 37 in a win last week)

Lock Haven 28, Cheyney 0 (The good news for Cheyney is their defense forced four interceptions and had two sacks. The bad news is their offense only had 79 yards of total offense in being shut out as they go to 0-7 this season. Cheyney only had 26 yards rushing and 53 yard passing. Lock Haven's Beau Swales rushed for 116 yards while Caleb Walton threw for 181 yards and two TDs. Cheyney visits Shippenburg next week)

Lincoln (Mo) 62, Texas College 6 (Morris Henderson rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns as Lincoln gets their second win of the season, this one on homecoming day.  Quarterback Owen Jordan passed for 261 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Tigers. Lincoln had 600 yards of offense Saturday.  The Lincoln defense only allowed 91 yards of rushing to winless Texas College. Lincoln visits Indianapolis next weekend)

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