MEAC Football Recap: Week 9
Wildcats No. 1 in MEAC after Win over N.C. Central
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Isidore Jackson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman parlayed two of the longest scoring plays in school history and a dominant second half defense to pull away to a 42-17 victory over North Carolina Central before a Senior Day crowd of 5,839 at Municipal Stadium Saturday.
The Wildcats scored the game's final 28 points for both the win and sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
North Carolina Central took a 17-14 lead on a 28-yard Oleg Parent field goal with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter.
B-CU answered with a brisk, 63-yard ground drive that culminated in Rodney Scott's eight-yard run with 5:28 left that gave the Wildcats a 21-17 lead.
On B-CU's next possession, Jackson burst through the middle and rambled 93 yards on the fourth-longest touchdown run in school history to put the Wildcats up 11 heading into the final quarter.
The Wildcat defense extended its streak of games with an interception to 15 as D.J. Howard and Rashad Payne registered picks that set up the Wildcats' final two touchdowns.
Read the full story at BCUAthletics.com.
Slow Start, Missed Opportunities Doom Howard In Loss To SC State
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Howard got off to a slow start, falling behind 27-10 at halftime and then rallying to get within two scores, but in the end missed opportunities proved to be too much to overcome as the Bison fell, 41-23 to South Carolina State in a MEAC game at Oliver Dawson Bulldog Stadium. With the loss, Howard's chances of winning the conference title has diminished.
The Bulldogs took control early, taking their first possession and marching 63 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. Richard Cue capped off the drive with a four-yard scoring pass to Dwight Brannon.
Howard was able to move the ball on its possession, but failed to convert on third down as they had for most of the day, and had to settle for a 40-yard John Fleck field goal.
As has been the case all season, the special teams have been a major factor and they came up big again when long snapper Matthew Poulin recovered a Fleck punt that bounced off a SC State player. It took the Bison six plays to go 26 yards with Terrence Leffall bolting in from four yards out to give his team at 10-7 lead at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter.
Read more at Howard-Bison.com.
Pirates Celebrate Homecoming with Win over Tigers
HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton picked up its second win of the season on Saturday at a soggy Armstrong Stadium, as the Pirates celebrated Homecoming and sent its seniors out in style with a 21-13 win over Savannah State.
The Pirates are now 2-5 overall and 2-3 in MEAC play this season, while the Tigers fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Hampton has never lost to Savannah State in five all-time meetings.
After Savannah State intercepted the Pirates on the first play from scrimmage, the Tigers lost five yards in four plays before Preston McCarthy missed a 38-yard field goal attempt. The Pirates then went three-and-out after getting the ball back, setting up the Tigers' first score of the day.
The Tigers went 61 yards in eight plays before McCarthy hit a 28-yard field goal to put Savannah State up 3-0 with 9:27 left in the first quarter.
The two teams would remain scoreless for the rest of the first quarter, and the Pirates struck with less than five minutes left in the second quarter, capping off a four-play, 23-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown run from senior Antonio McCloude with 4:08 left in the half.
Senior Taurean Durham's PAT gave the Pirates a 7-3 lead.
Read the complete story at HamptonPirates.com.
Aggies Dominate Second Half, Rally Past NSU 30-9
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina A&T forced five second-half Norfolk State turnovers, rallying from a 9-7 halftime deficit to take a 30-9 homecoming victory over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.
The loss was the seventh in a row for the Spartans (2-7, 0-6 MEAC), while the Aggies improve to 4-4, 2-3.
The Spartans controlled play on both sides of the ball in the first half, forcing four Aggie turnovers and riding the leg of Everett Goldberg to a 9-7 halftime lead which easily could have been larger. Sophomore defensive back Dionte Sullivan, making his first start of the year at safety, made two interceptions in the first quarter alone. One came at the NSU 2-yard line to thwart a promising Aggie drive, and the second he returned 42 yards to the Aggie 38. Four plays later, Goldberg hit a 51-yard field goal - matching his career-long - to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.
On NSU's first possession of the second quarter, the Spartans marched 42 yards in 10 plays to set up another Goldberg field goal, this one from 37 yards out into a stiff wind.
The Spartans appeared poised to add to their lead when linebacker Brent Singleton recovered a fumble by A&T running back Mike Mayhew at the Aggies 24. NSU's ensuing possession stalled, and Goldberg came on to attempt a 47-yard field goal into the strong breeze. But the kick fell short of the goal post, and A&T defender D'Vonte Graham caught it in the back of the end zone. The speedster returned the miss for an A&T touchdown, officially covering 100 yards, to give A&T the 7-6 lead.
Read more at NSUSpartans.com.