By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Tarik Cohen ran for 132 yards, becoming North Carolina A&T's all-time leading rusher, to help the Aggies to an easy 27-6 win over Delaware State and enable North Carolina A&T to claim at least a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship for the second consecutive year.
The Aggies (9-1, 7-0 MEAC) can win the title outright with a win over North Carolina Central next Saturday. A loss would give NCCU a share of the conference title.
Cohen has 3,623 yards rushing in his career, moving past Mike Mayhew. Cohen, a junior, has another year of eligibility left, is only 1,049 yards short of the MEAC career rushing record, set by South Carolina State's William Ford.
"It's an honor to have a record like this considering all of the great running backs who came before me," Cohen said on the school's athletic web site. "This school has produced some great running backs like Maurice Smith, Maurice Hicks, and the guy's record who I broke today, Mike Mayhew."
Kylil Carter threw two TD passes and rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown to lead North Carolina A&T Saturday. The Aggie defense had four sacks, two interceptions and 12 tackles for losses in holding Delaware State (0-10, 0-7 MEAC) to just 174 yards of total offense for the day.
"Right now, Central is the furthest thing from our mind," said NCA&T head coach Rod Broadway after the game. "We have to focus on us and making us better fundamentally and execution-wise."
Delaware State will try to avoid a winless season when they host a one-win Howard team next week.
Here is a rundown of all of Saturday's HBCU football action:
North Carolina Central 41, Howard 6 - Malcom Bell threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead North Carolina Central (7-3, 6-1 MEAC) in easily defeating Howard (1-9, 1-6 MEAC) and keeping their MEAC title hopes alive. The Eagles have won six games in a row but head to Greensboro to face rival North Carolina A&T in a game that will determine whether Eagles can at least get a share of the the MEAC championship.
South Carolina State 17, Norfolk State 10 - Justin Taylor's 4-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds remaining capped a 14-point 4th quarter that gave South Carolina State (6-4, 5-2 MEAC) a come-from-behind win over Norfolk State (3-7, 3-4 MEAC). Kollock threw for 255 yards on the day. Norfolk State's Greg Hankerson threw for 241 yards and NSU's only touchdown.
Morgan State 21, Florida A&M 7 - A glimmer of hope for a second win of the season for Florida A&M (1-9, 1-5 MEAC) was dashed when after they led 7-0 early in the second quarter, Morgan State (4-5, 4-3 MEAC) only allowed FAMU 99 yards in offense and shut them out the rest of the way. The Bears got a touchdown run by quarterback Moses Skillon and an 83-yard TD toss by him to Andrew King. Orlando Johnson also had a touchdown run for Morgan State.
Hampton 42, Savannah State 3 - David Watford threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns to lead Hampton (6-5, 5-3 MEAC) an easy win over Savannah State (1-8, 1-6 MEAC). Twarn Mixon caught nine of Watford's passes for 172 yards and a TD while Sequan Gooding had five catches for 75 yards and two TDs. The Pirates picked off three Arshon Spaulding passes.
Alcorn State 65, Texas Southern 13 - Alcorn State (6-3, 5-2 SWAC) looked like the balanced team of old as they had 519 yards of offense and held Texas Southern (3-6, 2-6 SWAC) to 52 yards rushing to get the easy win. The Alcorn State running game accounted for 334 yards - Ragsdale Darry ran for 115 yards and a TD, quarterback Footman Lenorr had 75 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and Joe Price rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown - as the Braves controlled the game. Lenorr also threw two TD passes.
Prairie View 38, Alabama State 13 - Trey Green threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and another TD to lead Prairie View A&M (7-2, 7-1 SWAC) to the win over Alabama State (5-5, 5-4 SWAC). Johnta Hebert rushed for 101 yards, caught four passes for 26 yards and completed a 16-yard pass for PVAM. Daniel Duhart led ASU with 204 yards and a touchdown passing.
Southern 46, Alabama A&M 7 - Austin Howard threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two TDs to lead Southern (6-4, 6-2 SWAC) to the easy win over Alabama A&M (2-7, 2-5 SWAC). Leonard Tillery rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown while Malcolm Crockett ran for 99 yards and two TDs. Southern rolled up 631 offensive yards while Alabama A&M only had 110.
Langston 50, Texas College 0 - Kenrick Robertson rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown while Mark Wright Jr. threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns to lead Langston (7-3, 5-1 CSFL) over Texas College (2-8, 2-4 CSFL). Cedric Jackson caught six passes for 119 yards and three TDs and Sheldon Augustine grabbed seven passes for 100 yards. While IUPA had 407 yards of offense, Cheyney only had 44, with -4 rushing.
Indiana University (Pa) 62, Cheyney 0 - Indiana University of Pa. rushed for 274 yards and six touchdowns - three of them Luigi Lista-Brinza's three TDs - to lead them to a blowout over Cheyney (0-11). Lenny Williams led them with 75 yards passing and two TDs rushing.
West Liberty 42, West Virginia State 36 - Dakota Conwell threw for 280 yards and five TDs, including two fourth quarter TD passes and a touchdown run in a 22-point fourth quarter that lifted West Liberty to the win over West Virginia State (5-6, 5-5 MEC).
Southwest Baptist 62, Lincoln (Mo.) 19 - Tren Edwards threw for 279 yards and five touchdowns and added another TD rushing to lead Southwest Baptist to the rout of Lincoln (Mo) (1-10, 0-8 GLVC). Bubba Jenkins added a big day on the ground with 167 yards rushing and a touchdown. Dennis Vinson led Lincoln (Mo) with 208 yards and three touchdowns passing.