The one thing that Bethune-Cookman hoped they could do Saturday didn't quite work out - stopping North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.
Cohen, the MEAC's leading rusher, proved why as he he 116 yards and a touchdown to help lead the Aggies to a big 24-14 win over Bethune-Cookman (5-2, 3-1 MEAC).
The win ends Bethune-Cookman's five-game winning streak and give them their first conference loss and puts the Aggies (5-1, 3-0) on top of the MEAC standings.
"I think four out of the past five years they've been at the top of this league," said A&T head coach Rod Broadway. "For us to compete and win against a team like that, I think says a lot about the effort our football team, our players and coaching staff, put in."
Bethune-Cookman was still in a position to win early in the fourth quarter, down only three points, 17-14 after Larry Brihm's 7-yard TD run. But Cohen countered with his 33-yard touchdown jaunt to put the Aggies up by ten again.
Then the conference's top defense clamped down, shutting down the Bethune-Cookman offense on consecutive drives to secure the win.
"It was a hard fought game," said BCU head coach Terry Sims. "We just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had to win. This was two team who are athletic and well-coached, and the team that made the big plays won the game."
Hampton's win at Morgan State allows North Carolina A&T to take sole possession of first place in the MEAC. Bethune-Cookman falls into a three-way tie for second with Morgan State and their opponent next week, Norfolk State.
"There's still a lot of football to be played," Sims said. "We'll get back and start getting ready for Norfolk."
North Carolina A&T hosts Howard next Saturday.
Carter's Overtime TD Run Lifts Grambling to 35-34 Win Over Top-Ranked Alcorn State
Martez Carter's one-yard TD run in overtime lifted Grambling to a 35-34 win over top-ranked Alcorn State, their second consecutive win over the Braves.
Alcorn State (4-2, 4-1 SWAC) scored first in overtime on a John Gibbs Jr. touchdown, but Grambling blocked the extra point. Carter, who rushed for 133 yards, followed up for Grambling. And he kicked the extra point for the win.
"Just for us to get it to overtime, that says a lot about those kids," Grambling head coach Brandon Fobbs told the Natchez Democrat. They could have hung their heads. I'm just happy for them because they're understanding what winning is about."
Hampton 20, Morgan State 10 -
Florida A&M 41, Delaware State 13 -
South Carolina State 49, Howard 10 -
Tuskegee 49, Stillman 20 -
Albany State 38, Morehouse 0 -
Central State 21, Lane 0 -
Clark Atlanta 24, Benedict 3 -
Miles 16, Kentucky State 6 -
Florida Institute of Tech 34, Fort Valley State 7
Texas Southern 49, Mississippi Valley State 21-
Alabama A&M 28, Jackson State 22 -
Prairie View 47, Southern 42 -
Bowie State 22, Virginia State 19 -
Johnson C. Smith 37, Fayetteville State 20 -
Elizabeth City State 28, Lincoln (Pa) 10 -
Virginia Union 33, Chowan 14 -
Livingstone 41, Shaw 22 -
Winston-Salem State 36, St. Augustine's 19 -
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Texas College 21, Bacone 20 - Texas College (1-5, 1-2 CSFL) broke their 22-game losing streak by blocking an extra point in the third quarter and shutting down Bacone the rest of the way. Robert Woodard threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Steers.
Langston 23, Southwestern Assemblies of God 20 - A day after the surprising decision by the school to remove and immediately reassign head football coach Dwone Sanders, Langston (3-3, 1-1 CSFL) defeated SAGU in their homecoming game.
Missouri S&T 40, Lincoln (Mo) 23 - Lamar Wilkes threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns and D'Luis West rushed for 82 yards and three TDs to lead Missouri S&T to the win. Lincoln (Mo) (1-6, 0-4) was led on offense by quarterback Owen Jordan with 255 yards and two TDs passing and 41 yards rushing.
Lock Haven 56, Cheyney 20 - Caleb Watson ran for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Lock Haven over winless Cheyney (0-7, 0-4 PSAC). Cheyney quarterback led the Wolves with 183 yards and a TD passing.
Shepherd 46, West Virginia State 17 - Shepherd broke open a two-point game by outscoring West Virginia State (4-3, 4-3 MEC) 37-10 over the last three quarters to remain undefeated so far this season. Jeff Ziemba threw for two touchdowns while both Allen Cross and Jabre Lolley each rushed for two TDs for Shepherd. WVSU was led by Matt Kinnick's 229 yards and one TD passing.