MEAC Football Recap: Week 9

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          Release: 10/30/2011
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Spartans Defense Holds on as NSU Remains No. 1 in MEAC

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk State defense posted a season-high seven sacks and kept the Aggies out of the end zone on three pass attempts in the final minute to preserve a 14-10 homecoming win in a battle of one-loss MEAC teams on Saturday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.

The win keeps the Spartans in first place in the MEAC, just ahead of Morgan State, which also won on Saturday.

The MEAC's top two defensive teams lived up to their billing on Saturday on a cold, damp day where winds topped 20 miles per hour and gusted over 30 mph. All the scoring came in the east end zone, with the wind at the offense's back. But NSU kept the Aggies from scoring at that end of the field when it mattered most, at the end of the game.

The Spartans won the toss and took the wind to start the game. They were rewarded when A&T had to punt from its 9-yard line and Skyler Thomas' kick traveled 1 yard, setting up the Spartans at the Aggie 10. Three plays later, Chris Walley hit Joe Hawkins for a 4-yard touchdown pass to give NSU a 7-0 lead.

But the Aggies scored 10 points in the second quarter, heading in the same direction. Ricky Lewis capped a four-play, 34-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run with 6:38 left in the second quarter to tie the game. Then just before the half, Jose Garcia-Camacho finished a seven-play, 39-yard march with a 20-yard field goal to give A&T a 10-7 lead going into the half.


Bears Remain in the Hunt, Shutout Hornets 12-0

DOVER, Del. - In just his fourth college game, Tracy Martin ran for a game-high 154 yards on 38 carries and scored the only points of the game, helping Morgan State grind out a 12-0 victory over Delaware State and stretch their winning streak to three straight.

The Bears did what they had to do on a dreary, windy and rain-soaked day for the Hornet's Homecoming. They protected a slim lead, played solid defense and ran the ball.

The Bears played smash-mouth football throughout most of the ballgame and simply dominated the time of possession  (39:53 - 20:07) -- recording their first shutout since October 7, 2006 when they posted a 32-0 win on the road against North Carolina A&T.

MSU has won four of its last five and the defense has not allowed an opponent to crack the scoreboard for the last seven quarters.

MSU's running game was center stage today due to the weather conditions. The Bears' ground game racked up 289 of the Bears' 314 total offensive yards. Starting running back Travis Davidson posted 90 yards on 12 carries, while Andrew King finished with 47 yards.

Martin, a redshirt-freshman from Beltsville (Md.), helped put the Bears on the scoreboard when he pounded into the endzone from 2-yards out with 4:43 left in the second quarter.  As a result of facing a stiff wind, the Bears opted to go for a 2-point conversion, but the attempt failed. Morgan led 6-0.

Martin scored on a 5-yard run early on in the fourth quarter (14:27) to help the Bears cushion the lead at 12-0. 

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Pirates Spoil Tigers' Homecoming behind Tough Defense

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Hampton University's defense held Savannah State to just 150 yards of total offense on Saturday en route to a 22-5 win at Theo Wright Stadium to spoil the Tigers' Homecoming.

In the first half, poor field position, penalties and a turnover haunted the Pirates. Hampton started the game by driving down the field on its opening possession and capped a 15-play, 56-yard drive with a 34-yard field goal by Taurean Durham to put the Pirates up 3-0.

Following a great defensive stand, the Tigers were able to get off a punt that was downed at Hampton's 1-yard line. The Pirates' first play of the drive would result in a team safety to cut Hampton's lead to 3-2 heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter would be a defensive battle, as the Tigers would come out on the winning end after Nate Clay of Savannah State hit Champion from behind and forced a fumble that the Tigers recovered. Savannah State would go 48 yards on seven plays and kick a 22-yard field goal to head into the half with a 5-3 lead. 

Hampton came out in the second half and stopped the Tigers on their opening drive, before marching down the field inside the Tigers' red zone. On the first play from the 5-yard line, Champion appeared to make it into the endzone following a fake hand-off that had both Savannah State and the officials fooled; after the officials huddled, they placed the ball inside the 1-yard line.

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Wildcats Capture Convincing Win at NCCU Homecoming Game

DURHAM, N.C. - Bethune-Cookman University sophomore quarterback Jackie Wilson passed for 183 yards and ran for another 113 yards to spark the Wildcats to 525 total yards and a 34-6 victory over North Carolina Central University inside a packed O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium celebrating NCCU's homecoming.

Wilson completed 12-of-15 passes for 183 yards and an 11-yard touchdown strike to Patrick Harris in the third quarter. His team-high 113 ground yards came on just nine carries, including a 3-yard touchdown scamper right before halftime.

B-CU sophomore running back Isidore Jackson also surpassed the century mark with 108 rushing yards, while Anthony Jordan found the end zone twice and Rodney Scott had 57 rushing yards and a score. As a team, the Wildcats rushed for 333 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

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South Carolina State Posts Shutout over Howard

Washington, DC - South Carolina State took advantage of some early miscues to build a 17-0 halftime lead and then put the game away with two fourth quarter scores en route to a 31-0 win over Howard University in a conference game at Greene Stadium.

The game was played under some difficult weather conditions that included a combination of wind, rain, snow flurries and cold temperatures. It affected the play of both teams early, but it appeared to have a more detrimental effect on the Bison.

The Bulldogs got on the board early when Howard had a bad snap from punt formation that gave SC State the ball at the Bison 14-yard line.

The Howard defense held on downs and forced a 22-yard Blake Erickson field at the 11:04 mark of the first quarter.

The Bison gave SC State another gift on the ensuing kickoff when Willie Carter fumbled and gave the Bulldogs a short field at the Howard 11-yard line.

It took the opportunistic Bulldogs two plays as Asheton Jordan powered his way in from two yards out to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead at the 10:22 mark of the first period.

SC State took advantage of yet another Howard miscue, this time on a Bryan Jackson punt that was held up by the wind and traveled only 13 yards, giving the Bulldogs possession at the Bison 37.  This time, SC State used five plays with Richard Cue connecting with Thomas Williams from 21 yards to close out the first half scoring.





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