Kentucky State Head Coach John L. Smith called last week's comeback win over Miles a signature win for his program.
What will he call this week's monumental win on Tuskegee's homecoming day?
Kentucky State blocked an extra point and then a potentially game-winning field goal as the Throrobreds earned a huge 10-9 upset win at previously undefeated Tuskegee Saturday. Tuskegee was ranked No. 5 among all of the nation's Division II football teams this week.
"I've been a part of some monumental wins," Smith said. "But I've never been a part of a team that defeated a top-five ranked opponent on the road. Plus, we blocked two field goal attempts to do it. You have to give it up to our special teams and out defense."
Kentucky State (4-4, 4-1 SIAC) has won three in a row after starting off the season losing four of their first five and, more importantly, takes over first place in the SIAC West Division from Tuskegee (6-1, 4-1 SIAC).
Tuskegee scored a touchdown on a one-yard Jerome Lewis run with 1:25 remaining. But KSU's Donovan Cecil blocked the extra point attempt to keep the game at 10-9. Tuskegee was able to get the ball back an drive downfield in the final minute of the game. But their 18-yard field goal attempt with no time remaining was blocked by Rodriquez Jones, preserving the win.
Damontre Warr rushed for 99 yards to lead Kentucky State. Jayjerian Craig led Tuskegee with 73 yards rushing. But the stars of the game were the defenses for both teams. Osband Thompson (12 tackles and a sack) led a Tuskegee defense that only gave up six first downs and 194 yards of offense. Kentucky State's defense allowed only 98 yards passing to Tuskegee, 261 yards offense overall. Travon Spencer and Keonte Reynolds each had 11 tackles for Kentucky State.
Here are the rest of the scores and recaps from the other HBCU football games Saturday:
North Carolina A&T 34, Howard 7 - Lamar Raynard threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns while Tarik Cohen rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown as North Carolina A&T (6-1, 4-0 MEAC) spoils homecoming day at Howard (1-7, 1-4 MEAC). Cohen went became one of only 26 FCS players to go over the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing. The A&T defense held the MEAC's second-leading rusher, Anthony Philyaw, to just 27 yards on the day. Howard on totaled 50 yards rushing total.
South Carolina State 30, Delaware State 3 - Bishop Ford rushed for 106 yards, while Caleb York and Dewann Ford each threw touchdown passes to lead South Carolina State (3-3, 3-0 MEAC) to the win over Delaware State (0-7, 0-4 MEAC). The South Carolina State defense, led by Darius Richardson's 11 tackles, only allowed 151 yards of total offense to Delaware State. Delaware State linebacker Brian Cavicante had 13 tackles with Malik Harris adding 12 stops.
North Carolina Central 21, Morgan State 17 - Nalil Ramadan, filling in for an injured Malcolm Bell, threw a 16-yard TD pass to Jalen Wilkes with 3:59 left to lift North Carolina Central (6-2, 5-0 MEAC) to the win over Morgan State (2-4, 2-2 MEAC). Bell, who was hurt in the second quarter and didnt return, threw a TD pass early in the game. Eric Harrell led Morgan State with 121 yards and a touchdown rushing. Ayodej Agbelese had 11 tackles, three for losses and two sacks for MSU.
Bethune-Cookman 21, Norfolk State 14 - Bethune-Cookman (1-5, 1-3 MEAC) got touchdown runs from Akevious Williams and Cameron Rigby as the Wildcats got their first win of the season, defeating Norfolk State (1-6, 0-4 MEAC). Larry Brihm also threw a touchdown for BCU. Norfolk State was led by Greg Hankerson who threw for 90 yards and rushed for 60 and a touchdown.
Florida A&M 31, Hampton 14 - Ryan Stanley threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns as Florida A&M (3-5, 3-2 MEAC) got the win over Hampton (3-4, 3-2 MEAC). Fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Hans Supre and Tevin Spells iced the game for FAMU. Hampton, led by Yahkee Johnson's 97 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 183 yards.
Virginia Union 42, Bowie State 35
Shaw 11, Johnson C. Smith 8
Elizabeth City State 40, Chowan 21
Fayetteville State 39, St. Augustine's 16
Winston-Salem State 40, Livingstone 21
Virginia State 69, Lincoln (Pa) 7
Grambling 59, Mississippi Valley State 10 - Devante Kincaid continued a great season as the Grambling quarterback threw for 326 yards and four TDs in the easy win over Mississippi Valley State (0-8, 0-6 SWAC). Dominque Leake caught four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Grambling (4-1, 4-0 SWAC). MVSU had -35 yards rushing, giving them a grand total of 81 yards rushing for the ENTIRE season. Austin Bray had 213 yards and one touchdown passing for Mississippi Valley State.
Jackson State 21, Texas Southern 13 - Jackson State (3-4, 3-2 SWAC) continued an interesting streak - they haven't lost to a good Texas Southern (3-4, 3-3 SWAC) since since 2010. The Tigers got second-half touchdown runs from Robert Johnson and Jordan Johnson (a 55-yard run) as Jackson State came back from a 10-7 hafltime time deficit. Averion Hurts led Texas Southern with 107 yards and a TD passing and 37 yards rushing.
Rice 65, Prairie View A&M 44 - Rice (1-6) got their first win of the season after sprinting out to a 42-7 lead and holding on for the win over Prairie View A&M (4-3) in an offensive show. Tyler Stehling threw for 407 yards and five touchdowns while Samuel Stewart rushed for 116 and a TD. Jalen Morton led Prairie View with 278 yards and two TDs passing. Dawonya Tucker had two touchdown runs. PVAM's Joshua Simmons returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown early.
Southern 49, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 17 - Austin Howard threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns while Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn both had big games as Southern (4-2, 4-0 SWAC) got the easy win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-6, 1-4 SWAC). Tillery rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns while Quinn caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Duncan threw for 181 yards for UAPB, with Willie Young catching eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Albany State 17, Clark Atlanta 7
Benedict 13, Morehouse 10
Fort Valley State 30, Central State 28
Miles 26, Lane 14
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West Chester 46, Cheyney 12
Glenville State 43, West Virginia State 26
Langston 63, Southwestern Assemblies of God 10