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Football Recap: Nov. 9
Written By: Associated Press         Release: 11/10/2013
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Spartans Stun 1st-Place Wildcats, 27-24


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After four consecutive disheartening losses, the Norfolk State football team pulled off the shocker of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference season to date, scoring a 27-24 upset of first-place Bethune-Cookman on Saturday evening at Municipal Stadium.

The Spartans (3-7, 3-3 MEAC) sprinted out to a 27-7 lead after three quarters behind a big-play defense and a ball-control offense, then held on down the stretch to send the Wildcats (8-2, 5-1) to their first MEAC loss since a 22-3 defeat to North Carolina A&T on Oct. 8, 2011 – some 19 games ago. The win was also the Spartans’ first-ever in Daytona Beach after nine unsuccessful tries.

The Spartans had numerous standouts on both sides of the ball, none bigger than running back Rolandan Finch and linebacker Lynden Trail. Finch ran a season-high 38 times for 110 yards and a score against the MEAC’s top defense, his fifth 100-yard game of the year and second straight. Trail was all over the field, recording eight tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass breakup and his third receiving TD of the year.

NSU scored on its first three drives of the night. Finch capped the game’s first possession, a 10-play, 81-yard drive, with a 2-yard TD run with 9:57 left in the first quarter. The key play in the drive was a leaping 22-yard catch of a Tyler Clark pass by tight end Joseph Hawkins to set up the Spartans with a first-and-goal. Finch darted into the end zone for his third TD of the year on the next play.

Read the complete story at NSUSpartans.com.

Game winning field goal completes Morgan State's comeback, 24-23

BALTIMORE, Md. – Down 23-21 with 1 second remaining, Morgan State's Chris Moller hit a 27 yard field goal as time expired to give the Bears a 24-23 victory Saturday over North Carolina A&T in front of a crowd of 6,478 at Hughes Stadium for MSU Senior Day.
 
Morgan State is now 4-6 overall and improved to 4-2 in the MEAC. 

After a 38-yard field goal by Aggie placekicker Cody Jones with 11:14 remaining, Morgan State trailed 23-14. With 6:08 remaining, the Bears crept closer when Seth Higgins checked into the ballgame and led the Bears on a six play, 73-yard drive resulting in a 9-yard touchdown reception by freshman wideout Antonio Jefferson (3 rec., 67 yds) from Higgins. It marked Higgins' first bit of action since suffering an injury at North Carolina Central (Oct.19).
 
Morgan State's defense forced a three-and-out by the Aggies offense and started their final drive with 4:27 left on the clock on their own 46 yard line. The Bears drove to the A&T 46 yard line, but needed to convert a 4th and 2 in order to keep the drive alive. Following a timeout by the Bears, Higgins tossed a 5-yard pass to Tubotein Taylor for the first down.
 
Higgins had a 10-yard run negated due to a holding penalty that gave the Bears 2nd and 20 from the Morgan 49. But again, Higgins came up big for the Bears. The junior took the ensuing snap, rolled left and connected with tight end Ladarius Spearman who raced down the sideline for a 28-yard gain. The Bears used the next five plays to run down the clock and center the ball for Moller's game-winning kick.
 
Read more at MorganStateBears.com.

Hampton’s Ground Game Too Much for NCCU As Eagles Fall 29-21

HAMPTON, Va. - It all started so well for North Carolina Central University. Sophomore Adrian Wilkins returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, his third of the season and the fourth game in-a-row NCCU has scored a special teams touchdown.

However, Hampton University amassed 482 yards of total offense, including 256 rushing yards, to earn its fourth win in the last five games with a 29-21 victory over the visiting Eagles on Saturday inside Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va.

Hampton’s dominant ground attack was topped by the one-two punch of Marcus Hampton and Jorrain Washington, who combined for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Hampton accounted for 166 rushing yards and a score, while Washington added 72 yards and two scores.

Pirates’ quarterback Bryan Bailey completed 21-of-31 passes for 226 yards, connecting with Antwon Chisholm eight times for 89 yards.

NCCU, which managed 294 total yards, was led offensively by senior quarterback Jordan Reid, who completed 15-of-35 passes for 203 yards with two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. Tyron Harris, Thomas Dixon and Wilkins caught a team-best three catches each. Eagles’ running back Deyonta Wright tallied a team-high 48 rushing yards with a touchdown.

Read the complete story at HamptonPirates.com.

McGhee Has Career Day in Win Over Savannah State

WASHINGTON, DC---Greg McGhee had a career day, rushing for two touchdowns and passing for two others to lead Howard to a 42-14 victory over Savannah State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Greene Stadium.

A 6-3, 208-pound junior quarterback from Pittsburgh, PA, McGhee rushed for a career-high 148 yards on 14 carries and completed 26 of 37 for 326 yards.

It is ironic that McGhee got off to an inauspicious start, considering he fumbled on the Bison's first possession and it led to the game's first score. Savannah State (1-10, 0-7 in the MEAC) came out energized under quarterback Leon Prunty, who was starting in place of starter Antonio Bostick, the leading passer in the conference.

Prunty took advantage of the Bison miscue, leading the Tigers on an eight play, 72-yard drive on their opening possession.  He capped off the drive with a 32-yard strike to Simon Heyward.

Read more at HUBison.com.


Additional Recaps to Come:

S.C. State 25, Florida A&M 21

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Tennessee State
27
Florida A&M
7
09/27
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Delaware State
35
Savannah State
10
09/27
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Bethune-Cookman
34
Florida Tech
33
09/27
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Norfolk State
15
Morgan State
14
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Hampton
10
South Carolina State
17
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Howard
22
North Carolina A&T
38
09/27
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South Carolina State
17
Furman
7
09/20
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North Carolina A&T
59
Chowan University
0
09/20
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Towson
31
North Carolina Central
20
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Hampton
34
Miles College
30
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UCF
41
Bethune-Cookman
7
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Coastal Carolina
48
Florida A&M
3
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Howard
35
Morgan State
38
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Buffalo
36
Norfolk State
7
09/20
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Temple
59
Delaware State
0
09/20
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William & Mary
29
Norfolk State
14
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Coastal Carolina
30
South Carolina State
3
09/13
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North Carolina A&T
17
Elon
12
09/13
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Richmond
42
Hampton
17
09/13
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Savannah State
28
Fort Valley State
42
09/13
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North Carolina Central
28
Charlotte
40
09/13
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Bethune-Cookman
36
Grambling State
23
09/13
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Howard
35
Morehouse College
17
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Delaware State
7
Towson
21
09/13
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Morgan State
28
Bowie State
3
09/13
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North Carolina A&T
30
Coastal Carolina
31
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Delaware
27
Delaware State
9
09/06
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North Carolina Central
34
Elizabeth City State
7
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Norfolk State
0
Liberty
17
09/06
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Rutgers
38
Howard
25
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Miami FL
41
Florida A&M
7
09/06
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Holy Cross
29
Morgan State
26
09/06
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Hampton
14
William & Mary
42
09/06
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Clemson
73
South Carolina State
7
09/06
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Georgia Southern
83
Savannah State
9
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North Carolina A&T
47
Alabama A&M
13
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52
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7
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12
Bethune-Cookman
14
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Eastern Michigan
31
Morgan State
28
08/30
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Middle Tennessee
61
Savannah State
7
08/30
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Jackson State
22
Florida A&M
17
08/30
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Benedict
0
South Carolina State
63
08/30
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Old Dominion
41
Hampton
28
08/30
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Monmouth
52
Delaware State
21
08/30
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Maine
10
Norfolk State
6
08/30
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Akron
41
Howard
0
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