MEAC Football Recap: Week 7
Spartans Remain Unbeaten in MEAC Play with 34-24 win over Hampton
NORFOLK, Va. - Chris Walley passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and Randy Maynes ran 14 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 7:43 left to lift Norfolk State to a 34-24 win over Hampton in the State Farm Battle of the Bay on Saturday evening at Dick Price Stadium.
The win is the Spartans' third straight home victory in the series with the Pirates (3-3, 1-2 MEAC) and helps NSU (6-1, 4-0) match its best start since the 2007 team also started 6-1.
Walley threw all of his TD passes in the first half, when the Spartans sprinted out to a 27-7 lead. Hampton rallied to within 27-24 in the fourth quarter, but Maynes' first TD run as a Spartan helped clinch NSU's fifth straight win.
NSU got on the board on its first possession as wideout Xavier Boyce turned a 3rd-and-20 screen pass into a 49-yard touchdown with 13:33 left in the first quarter. Ryan Estep's extra point made it 7-0.
A short Hampton punt into a stiff wind set up NSU at the Pirate 29-yard line on the next possession. Five plays later, Walley hit Victor Hairston on an 8-yard TD strike to make it 14-0.
Another short Hampton punt led to NSU's next score, Estep's 38-yard field goal with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
The Pirates got on the board on the last play of the first quarter as David Legree hit Dyrri McCain for a 10-yard TD pass, cutting HU's deficit to 10.
Read more at NSUSpartans.com.
Aggies Win Ends Homecoming Drought
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Mike Mayhew rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Lewis Kindle hooked up with Larry Raper for three more scores, leading North Carolina A&T to a 42-24 homecoming victory over Delaware State.
The Aggies, who are undefeated in the MEAC conference, scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the first quarter, then took a 28-3 lead into halftime.
But the Hornets made things interesting in the third quarter. Quarterback Nick Elko led two touchdown drives, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Travis Tarpley, to cut the lead to 28-17. But North Carolina A&T answered with 14 consecutive points as Kindle found Raper on touchdown passes of 9 and 27 yards. Raper finished with 109 yards and three touchdowns on five catches.
The Aggies dominated the line of scrimmage, collecting 247 rushing yards on 46 carries. It was their first homecoming win in eight years.
Read the full story at NCATAggies.com.
Davidson Notches Three TDs as Bears Bully Eagles
DURHAM, N.C. - For Morgan State, it was another chapter in the brief but growing legend of Donald Hill-Eley coaching from the booth.
Hill entered the ballgame, following a 44 point outing against Savannah State, and watched as his offense opened up with 42 first half points en route to a 52-3 rout at North Carolina Central.
Read the complete story at MorganStateBears.com.
Bethune-Cookman Ground Game Leads To 58-30 Biker Classic Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman's running game rumbled for 418 yards as the Wildcats defeated Fort Valley State 58-30 in the inaugural Biker Classic before 4,921 at Municipal Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Isidore Jackson posted a career-high 150 yards and three touchdowns, Anthony Jordan scored twice and David Blackwell complemented his big-game passing with 92 on the ground as the Wildcats (3-3) snapped a two-game losing streak and rebounded from last week's dismal offensive showing at North Carolina A&T.
Blackwell got the nod at quarterback, and delivered a 222-yard performance that included a 72-yard strike to Maurice Francois, a 52-yarder to Eddie Poole and a 42-yarder to Jackson.
Fort Valley State (1-6) enjoyed a brief 7-6 lead on Cameron Pearson's 14-yarder to Aaron Courtney with 2:17 remaining in the opening quarter, but B-CU scored three unanswered touchdowns in the next four minutes to take control.
Blackwell hit a wide-open Francois for career long reception that gave B-CU a 13-7 lead and Francois his much awaited first career touchdown catch. After a three-and-out sparked by a Ryan Davis sack and Preston Cleckly 20-yard punt return, B-CU set up shot at the FVSU 40.
Read more at B-CUAthletics.com.
Cue Leads SC State Over Georgia State 23-13
ORANGEBURG, SC-Redshirt sophomore quarterback Richard Cue proved to be the missing link for injured Derrick Wiley, throwing for 16-of-30 for 213 yards and also rushing for 56 yards and two touchdowns to lead SC State to a 23-13 victory over Georgia State Saturday at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
"It was a great win, and we stopped the streak (0-9 against Non-HBCU teams under Pough, 0-12 overall against Non-HBCUs.," said SC State head coach Buddy Pough. "We faced some adversity but we fought our way out of it until the finish."
SC State jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on a 41-yard field goal by senior Blake Erickson at the 11:01 mark in the first quarter. Georgia State responded back on two field goals of 23 and 40 by freshman kicker Christian Benvenuto in the second quarter to take a 6-3 advantage.
Georgia State closed out the first-half with a 6-3 lead over SC State.
Cue put the Bulldogs ahead 10-6 on a 4-yard touchdown scamper at the 12:26 mark early in the third quarter. Junior running back Donald Russell's 9-yard punch put the Panthers ahead 13-10 with 6:22 left in the third.
SBN All-American kicker Blake Erickson kicked two key field's goal of 34 and 32 late in the game to put SC State ahead, 16-13 in the fourth quarter. Cue sealed the victory for the Bulldogs on a 1-yard punch with 1:20 left in the game.
Read more at SCSUAthletics.com.
Georgetown Defense Shuts Down Howard
WASHINGTON, DC - Georgetown University employed a methodical, balanced offensive attack and an opportunistic defense to shut down Howard, 21-3 in a non-conference game at Greene Stadium.
The win was the second straight for the Hoyas, who improved to 5-2 while the Bison (3-4) had their two-game win streak snapped.
The game featured two of the top defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and the tone was set early when they played to a scoreless first quarter.
There were some mini drives and a few three and outs until Georgetown finally found some rhythm and put together a seven-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off with Nick Campanella's six-yard run at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter.
The 7-0 score stood up at halftime as the Bison offense continued to sputter and failed to pose any threat during its last two possessions of the half. Potential drives were aborted by penalties (12 for 92 yards) and miscues (four turnovers).
Read more at Howard-Bison.com.
Florida A&M 47, Savannah State 7
Story to come