Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kentucky State upsets No. 5 Tuskegee, clinches division title

Thorobreds upset Tuskegee, earn berth in SIAC championship game

TUSKEGEE, Alabama -- Kentucky State University’s football team notched one of the biggest victories in the program’s history with a 10-9 defeat of No. 5 ranked Tuskegee University at Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium on Saturday.

The victory clinched the SIAC West Division title for the Thorobreds, who will play in the conference championship game Nov. 12 in Montgomery, Ala.

“This game was unbelievable,” KSU head coach John L. Smith said. “I’ve been a part of some monumental wins, 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 our defense.”

After trailing 10-3 for a majority of the second half, Tuskegee looked to tie the game in the closing moments.

SWith 1:25 remaining in regulation, the Golden Tigers pushed across a 1-yard touchdown, pulling within a point of KSU at 10-9 with the extra point awaiting. On the attempt, junior defensive lineman Donovan Cecil broke through two blockers to swat the extra point attempt, leaving the Thorobreds on top.


PVAMU's Big Second-Half Outburst Not Enough At Rice

HOUSTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M University football put together a big second half, but it was not enough as the Panthers lost at Rice 65-44 Saturday at Rice Stadium.

Trailing 45-14 at halftime, PVAMU (4-3 overall, 4-1 SWAC) outscored the Owls 30-23 and outgained the FBS opponent 335-218 over the final 30 minutes, but couldn't close the scoring deficit to less than the final margin.

Jalen Morton accounted for 325 yards (career-high 278 passing, 47 rushing) and three touchdowns in his first career start. Darius Floyd had career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (139) with one touchdown, while Dawonya Tucker had two rushing touchdowns for Prairie View A&M.

"I was proud of the guys," said Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons. "They competed. They fought and played for four quarters, and that's all you can ask for…There's some things we have to do better. In the first half, we turned the ball over a bunch, had penalties and gave up some big plays. At halftime, we came in and made some adjustments and got the guys to just play football. When we did that, we played pretty well. In the second half, we outscored them, so there's a lot of positives to take away from this game."

Joshua Simmons returned a kickoff 93 yards for a first-quarter touchdown to tie the score at 7-all less than three minutes into game. The Owls (1-6, 0-4 C-USA) took advantage of Panther mistakes in scoring 31 second quarter points to break the game open.

Morton's 39-yard touchdown run late in the first half gave a spark to the Panther offense, which went on to score touchdowns on five of their final seven full possessions of the game, outscoring Rice 37-23 over the final 33+ minutes.

Morton's career-long 62-yard touchdown pass to Floyd on the opening drive of the third quarter cut the deficit to 45-21. Following a Rice touchdown, the Panthers' Treveon Billings blocked the PAT, which was recovered by Terrence Singleton and returned for two points. On the ensuring drive, Quinton Bell caught a 47-yard scoring pass from Morton to cut the deficit to 51-30.

After a pair of Rice touchdowns, Tucker scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns on runs of 2 and 32 yards.

The Panthers return to Southwestern Athletic Conference play next Saturday at Jackson State.


Texas Southern drops tough SWAC matchup against Jackson State

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Southern coach Michael Haywood said he saw the Tigers' loss on Saturday to Jackson State coming. He felt the Tigers hadn't prepared properly during the week to come away with a win.

Haywood was proved to be right.

A final drive by Texas Southern netted nine first downs, counting two pass interference calls on Jackson State, but the series ended with Averion Hurts throwing an interception at the 1-yard line and TSU came up short. Again.

Jackson State held off the Tigers 21-13 at BBVA Compass Stadium, handing the Tigers their fourth loss in seven games. Saturday's eight-point margin of defeat is TSU's largest of the season.


Grambling State Tiger Come Out of Two Week Bye Period, Torch MVSU Delta Devils 59-10

TTA BENA, Mississippi  –  Coach Broderick Fobbs and the Grambling State University football team marched into Rice-Totten Stadium after an almost three week break to face Mississippi Valley State University on their Homecoming on Saturday. The G-Men won the game and totally dominated the Delta Devils, 59-10.

With the win, Grambling improves to a 4-1 overall record and 4-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Mississippi Valley drops to 0-8, overall, and 0-6 in conference play.

The Tigers quickly jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The first touchdown took ten seconds and was scored when DeVante Kincade connected with Dominique Leake for 40 yards, 7-0. Martez Carter rushed 35 yards for the second touchdown to cap off a 10 play, 99 yard drive.

With 12:00 left in the second quarter, MVSU posted three points on the board as Nicolas Jacquemin drilled a 47 yard field goal through the uprights, 14-3.

Grambling took control of the ball game and never looked back in the second quarter and beyond. The Tigers rattled of seven touchdowns through the last three quarters of play.

The Delta Devils gave a last gasp with a touchdown scored at the :15 mark in the fourth quarter. Austin Bray launched a six yard pass to Joshua Banks, 59-10.

Kincade went 20-for-27, one interception, and four touchdowns. Leake was the top receiver for the G-Men with four catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Carter led the way in rushing with nine carries for 91 yards and one touchdown. Samuel Reese was the top defender for the Golden Curtain with five total tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss.

MVSU's quarterback, Austin Bray threw 17-for-35, 213 yards and one touchdown. Booker Chambers led the receiving corps for the Delta Devils with eight catches for 92 yards. Jordan Freeman was the highlight of Mississippi Valley's defense with seven total tackles.

Grambling returns to the grid iron for Homecoming against the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff in Eddie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

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SCSU Roll Over Delaware State 30-3

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- South Carolina State captured its third straight conference win in front a "Homecoming" crowd of 15,489 in a 30-3 victory over visiting Delaware State Saturday (Oct. 22) at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium.

"I am happy we won the game for our "Homecoming" crowd. We got a little rhythm going on offense, had some moments," said SC State head coach Buddy Pough.

It's not a lot we can brag about as we were not spectacular. But the key is we won the game," said Pough.

South Carolina State improves to 3-3 overall, 3-0 in the MEAC, while Delaware State falls to 0-6 overall, 0-3 in the league.

Redshirt freshman running back Bishop Ford captured his second 100-yard rushing game this season with 27 carries for 106 yards. Freshman wide receiver De'Montrez Burroughs after making he transition from defensive back to offense this week had a solid day catching with four (4) receptions for 69-yards and a touchdown.

The Bulldog defense played lights out only allowing only 151-yards total offense. Redshirt junior All-MEAC linebacker Darius Leonard spearheaded the defense with 11 tackles (8) solo and 2.5 tackles for loss, while teammate Dayshawn Taylor finished with 10 tackles (8) solo and 2.5 tackles for loss, as well.

SC State scored first on a 14-yard toss from redshirt quarterback Dewan Ford to senior Adrian Kollock, Jr. for a 14-yard touchdown pass reception at the 12:56 mark in the first quarter. Junior kicker Tyler Scandrett connected on a 25-yard field goal to give SC State 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Scandrett found his way on the scoreboard again this time connecting on his career-long a 46-yard kick , with 7:36 remaining in the second quarter. Burroughs caught his first career touchdown on a 41-yard toss from sophomore quarterback Caleb York with 5:12 remaining before halftime.

The Hornets got on the board on a 34-yard kick from Wisdom Nzidee. Scandrett and the Bulldogs sealed the deal connecting on his third field goal of the day on a 22-yarder early on the fourth quarter to secure a 30-3 victory over visiting Delaware State.

South Carolina State returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 29) on the road against host the Pirates of Hampton University. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

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Homecoming heartbreak for Morgan, NCCU pulls away 21-17

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Morgan State had it in the palm of their hands.

But North Carolina Central had the answer when needed when backup quarterback Naiil Ramadan connected with Jalen Wilkes on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 3:59 left in their 21-17 win over the Bears at Hughes Stadium during Homecoming. This marked the Bears' second straight homecoming loss.

Morgan State head coach Fred T. Farrier summarized the loss.

"We got to find a way to finish a game and play 60 minutes," said Farrier. "Whether it's DeAndre [Harris] or Chris [Andrews] at quarterback, we can't turn the ball over. We can't make mistakes in critical situations against a great football team. We just made too many mistakes."

It didn't take long for NCCU (6-2, 5-0 MEAC) to get on the board as Malcolm Bell found a wide open Lavontis Smith for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 13:15 left. That put the Eagles up 7-0.

On the Bears' 1st possession, Chris Andrews was intercepted by Reggie Hunter who returned it to the Bears' 20. Four plays later, Dorrel McClain ran the ball into the end zone from two yards out with 10:31 left. It helped extend the Eagles' advantage to 14-0. That was one of three MSU turnovers in this game.

MSU answered back when Andrews completed a 12-yard TD pass to Ricky Fisk with 5:02 left in the 1st quarter. The extra point by Alex Raya cut the deficit to 14-7.

The Bears capitalized on a fumbled punt by NCCU's Mike Jones that was recovered by MSU's Ian McBorrough. One play later, Eric Harrell, who ran for a career high 121 yards on the day, recorded a seven yard TD run. With the extra point, the game was tied at 14 with 5:45 left in the second quarter.

The next possession by NCCU, quarterback Malcolm Bell was hit by safety Darius Johnson and fumbled the ball. Cornerback Delonta Hall recovered it at the NCCU 38 with 3:08 left in 2nd quarter. Bell was helped off the field with a possible concussion. But the turnover amounted into zero points for the Bears as Raya's 54-yard field goal attempt was blocked by NCCU's Alden McClellon.

NCCU's backup quarterback Naiil Ramadan was inserted into the ballgame and had his first pass attempt intercepted by Malachi Washington and returned to the NCCU 29. Raya ended up converting a 40-yard field goal at the halftime gun to give the Bears a 17-14 lead.

Not much happened in the second half. But the gusting winds determined a lot in this game. It came down to a short 18-yard punt into the 25-35 mile per hour wind.

Antonio Brown forced a fumble by DeAndre Harris that was recovered by Nolan Corpening at the NCCU 41 with 2:22 left.

Morgan State (2-4, 2-2 MEAC) stopped the Eagles on the ensuing drive. Then on the Bears' drive, Harris' pass was intercepted by Reggie Hunter at the MSU 41 with 22 seconds left to put the game away.

"We got to make sure our kids understand, game plan wise, where their eyes need to be in terms of what we're throwing and where the ball should go at times," Farrier said about taking care of the football. "Fumbles... we do a ball security circuit every day and we got to make sure those guys understand the importance of that. We got to continue to emphasize that as coaches."

Morgan State will attempt to improve on their performance next week as they hit the road to take on Norfolk State.



Raynard, Cohen lead as N.C. A&T beats Howard 34-7

WASHINGTON — Unlike years past, Howard University’s homecoming celebration lacked a parade in the morning and a concert at night. Without the two traditional events, some members of the community worried the day would suffer from a lack of showmanship.

Luckily, N.C. A&T and running back Tarik Cohen were in town. The senior reversed fields and juked through the Bison defense to dazzle the crowd Saturday afternoon. Up front, the Aggies defensive line dominated on the way to a 34-7 victory.

“All week, we’ve been talking about Howard homecoming — scheduling us for homecoming was disrespect,” A&T defensive tackle Julian McKnight said. “We had to come in here and try to make a statement.”

Cohen rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, picking up his 5,000th career yard and fourth 1,000-yard season in the process. On the Aggies first offensive play of the second half, Cohen caught a screen pass, broke toward the left, then looped back down the right sideline. The 45-yard touchdown extended A&T’s lead to 27-0.